Music, Charity and Travelling SA
We can not dispute the fact that segment from the substantial have always contributed towards the uplifting of the poor. Recently a group of tourist from Germany led by Karin Kedem embarked on an Edutour and Safaris. But before this11 days tour from Johannesburg to Zululand and Swaziland, Karin went to connect with her fans at Gcwalis’Imabhida concert and she performed with Jaiva Zimnike.
I, Khanyisile Mseleni joined Karin to witness how she was a great impact in our country. When she was travelling to Moses Mabhida, fans approached her for the photo at OR Tambo International Airport. Fans were ecstatic to see Karin at Gcwalis’Imabhida concert. Khuzani fans showed love to Karin, they kept calling her Jaivakazi. Jaiva Zimnike’s fans could not contain their excitement as they took selfies with Karin.
It was really great to be exposed in some of her charity work; on the 05th of April we visited KwaThema Skills School where she supports the 1575 Drummers who give voluntarily lessons to the kids. Through music these children find peace, hope and self respect. Children with special needs require special care and specialized education too. Kids with learning difficulties, sensory problems, deaf or blind kids, autism, disabled children need a specific learning methods and therapy. Kwa-Thema Skills School therefore provides such children with the right kind of therapies, interventions and education.
The whole trip wasn’t all serious however. We also had some of the most fun memorable moments. On the first day when the official tour started, I and our group of German tourists, who are friends of Karin and as well supporting her charity, departed to Drakensberge Mountains. We admired the flawless surroundings of this mountain. We lodged on a secluded mountain farm, called Sungubala Eco Camp, overlooking the Sungubala Valley, where we experienced exhilarating adventures such as guided walking trails. We went up the highest point and watched how the people below looked small like dwarfs.
We learnt a lot about Amazizi clan and Bergville Mountains. The guides Simba Mubvindi and Blessed Chalibamba were a great company and made our stay special spoiling us with stories and nice food and unforgettable smiles. Karin played her guitar in the evenings and we sang together- a unique atmosphere. Just memorable moments. From there we went to Durban, a captivating and international city, home to Africa’s largest port and a melting pot of people and cultures. At Durban we met many students that are funded by Karin’s initiative, amongst them there was Gcinile, with her everything started in 2016 and who meanwhile is doing her last year at Mangosuthu University.
Mr Bader, one of the travelers, brought a second hand laptop to the student Siyabonga that will help him a lot in writing his assignments at the university.
Durban offers a lot of things, including the ocean, so it’s no surprise that it offers some of the most scenic biking routes in the country. Some of the tourists went for cycling whilst others enjoyed the beach and Durban sights.Thanks to the local agent “Durban Fever” we experienced Umlazi where we got a chance to watch Amanazareth (Shembe congregants) dance and we learnt more about the background of the church.
A highlight was the time in Mevamlophe near Empangeni. After a very exciting visit at the Bingoma Primary school, Karin, Jürgen, Carmen and the other tourists donated soccer boots, equipment and balls to the local soccer club, coached by Sifiso.
Since a year the Sngena Royal Zulu Team is highly motivated to do their best on the soccer field. Karin was very excited because nothing brings people together like braai, so we had a big braai with the team, a lot of children from the neighbourhood, the artist Phathizwe and the Zululand Gospel choir, who came over and blessed us with their melodious voices.
St Lucia is South Africa’s very first world heritage site since 1999.The abundance of wildlife and natural beauty is incredible. Here Hippo’s wander down the streets at night in search of grass. On our way to Hluhluwe we stopped at St Lucia and enjoyed a two hour Hippo and Crocodile Boat Safari.
Before we could embark on our journey to Umkhuze Game Reserve we entertained ourselves at the beach in Isimangaliso Wetland Park. The group then went on to Mhkuze, were Karin met for the first time Gciniles family and that was very overwhelming. Swaziland, Kruger and Blyde River Canyon completed the visit to South Africa until the tourists went back to Germany- blessed with wonderful experiences and memories forever.
South Africa is such a beautiful country abundant of life and hope. Africa ‘s landscape is composed of wide-open spaces, brownish hills and red sunsets. It’s not every day you get to be taken for a tour, this is why you have to live life to the full and take every opportunity that comes along. I am proud to have been given an opportunity to accompany the Germany tourist alongside with tour guides. I did not know that in South Africa we are living in a beautiful land; we have exceptional weather; we have a long history; we are a truly multicultural nation; we have made major contributions to the advancement of society through tourism; and we are, all in all, a great people.
It was nice spending time with German folks although it was not easy because of cultural differences. German people are straightforward, they do not sugarcoat things and to us it may sound impolite. They are fun but like to correct, always accurate and expect exceptional service, because they expect what they are used to and they are not aware of African time and service. But they are deep in their hearts, helpful and warmhearted. It was an awesome experience and I was totally lost in the scenic views.