Local artists lend helping hand

Jazz pianist Thembelihle Dunjana. Picture: Gregory Franz

Local artists are playing their part in supporting the vulnerable during the coronavirus crisis.

Jazz pianist Thembelihle Dunjana, was set to present a solo concert recorded from her home in Gugulethu on Tuesday, May 5, as part of the Artist CAN Collab initiative.

The CAN (Community Action Network) project started through the Cape Town Together Facebook page before the lockdown.

The page encouraged ordinary people to respond to the pandemic by seeing to the non-medical needs of vulnerable people in their communities.

In the Artist CAN Collab, residents are encouraged to purchase art or tickets to a live-streamed show: 10% of the sale will be donated to the CAN partnership, and 90% will go directly to the artist.

The 10% of sales from Thembelihle’s concert will be donated to the Gugulethu-Seaboard CAN Partnership, which unites residents from across Gugulethu and the Atlantic Seaboard to support the most vulnerable during the Covid-19 crisis.

Sea Point CAN is currently running projects to assist the 700 residents occupying the Ahmed Kathrada House (AKH) at the old Helen Bowden Nurse’s Home in Granger Bay.

Started a few days before the lockdown, they’ve managed to supply the residents with essential sanitation products, awareness campaigning and supplementary food supplies.

The organisation is also channelling support to the homeless community with another group preparing meals from home in partnership with NGOs and soup kitchens such as Ladles of Love, Souper Troopers and the Green Point Haven Night Shelter.