Join us for an authentic guided walking tour of the community around MADaboutART. Your guide Beaty was born and grew up here. She knows the harsh reality of life in the township and is building solutions. During your tour Beaty will provide her unique, no-frills perspective on life and social challenges in the new South Africa. On the surface, life in the township may seem chaotic, a daily struggle for survival, but this denies the true spirit and resilience of the people who live here. Look deeper and you will see a place of friendship, rejoicing and vibrant energy.
Your itinerary begins with a guided walk through the streets of Nekkies. You will experience the culture and ways of the township by meeting local home-owners and visiting local businesses. Learn about Xhosa traditions and the role of the Sangoma (traditional healer). A stop at the corner shop provides an eye-opening window into diet and health. Our tour will pass through the outdoor sports ground where youth teams practice soccer and netball. They might ask you to join in! You'll see many sights along the way, the contrast between traditional wooden homes and new. Government-built brick homes, cattle and pigs grazing amongst the dwellings, taverns, women doing daily laundry, every day brings a different experience.
'I really respected Beaty's honesty and down-to-earth assessment of the challenges of daily life'
Finally we'll return to visit MADaboutART, a safe space where children come every day after-school to have fun learning and tell their stories through bold and beautiful art. You'll join the kids in class as they sing, paint, bead, whatever the activity of the day is. We hope you'll take a little township magic home with you, and leave a little piece of your heart with us.
TO BOOK, EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org or CALL BEATY on +27 (0)78 382 7548.
Tours run on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 2pm. Tours last around 2 hours and cost R150 per person. The meeting point is the MADaboutART centre, 6 Sonqayi Street, Nekkies, Knysna. Transport can be provided at extra charge. Families with children are welcome. We advise closed-in shoes and, on warm days, sunscreen, a hat and a bottle of water. Pavements in the township can be uneven, please let us know if you might find this challenging.
This tour is part of a non-profit making MAD social enterprise, which provides employment opportunities to local young people and invests profits to fight HIV and inspire children to make positive life choices.
About Beaty: Having joined MADaboutART while she was still at school, Beaty now manages MAD's after-school educational programme and leads development of MAD's social enterprise. Her personal story, which forms part of the fabric of the tour, is sometimes shocking, always honest, and illustrates her passion and commitment to bring about positive change and make a difference for children in her neighbourhood.
'Beaty's personal story will stay with me forever; powerful, upsetting, almost too much to hear'