GIFT: Scottsdene High
In an effort to encourage youngsters to take up music and not join gangs, #JoinBandsNotGangs (JBNG) this week handed over R60 000 worth of music instruments to the youth.

The first JBNG programme was launched at Scottsdene High School, where six learners have been killed this year, five in gang-related violence and one in a car accident.

The founder and creative director of #JBNG, Karien de Waal, motivated children to sign up for the music programme followed by a moving story by one of the JBNG mentors, Mario, who changed his life through the playing of instruments.

Community Safety MEC Dan Plato said Kraaifontein had been ranked one of the most dangerous neighbourhoods in Cape Town and that the initiative brought alternatives.

School Principal Peter Links expressed gratitude at the donation and says they are planning to host several music programmes a week to keep youngsters entertained and off the streets.

GIFT: Scottsdene High

“We are grateful for this and looking at what we’ve gone through this year, I feel certain this donation will make a big difference in our community,” he told the Daily Voice.

“We will be having three or more after-school music programmes a week, including on a Saturday morning.”

De Waal said JBNG hopes to make an impact on the Cape Flats.

“Our goal is to take one area at a time - in this case, Kraaifontein - and introduce music programmes into a number of local high schools.

“This way, we will have 4-5 programmes running simultaneously in one neighbourhood,” said De Waal.

The instruments were supplied by W Heuer.

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