Uthando (Love) South Africa – Heartwarming stories in the midst of global turmoil
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“I have learned that sharing is caring and is the best, no matter how small something can be, we need to learn to share it. Plus we are all about community development that makes us family, one aim, one love, one destiny, shall continue to grow.” - Xolisa Bangani. Ikhaya ‘Home” Garden. March 2017

Just a delightful heartwarming story
Doreen and Bob Ward first heard about Uthando in 2015 when staying at Parker Cottage. When leaving Cape Town, they left their grandsons dance shoes at Parker Cottage to be found a good home which turned out to be Zama Dance School in Gugulethu. In early 2017 Bob and Doreen contacted Northern Ballet School in Leeds to ask for donations of ballet shoes for Zama Dance School on their upcoming March 2017 return visit to Cape Town.

By early March 50 dance students had donated shoes and 19 had written lovely letters for the Zama students. They were amazed and delighted at the response. One of Zama graduates now teaches at Northern Ballet and they were thrilled to meet his mother when they e visited Zama school on the 14th of March. A wonderful outcome and thanks to the many people who helped this happen. Bob and Doreen recently wrote “We felt Uthando was the township tour company for us and so it proved to be.” 
Beautiful message from Brad Fortuin
This message from Brad was addressed to Uthando but it is actually thanks to our kind and generous donors that deserve the thanks. Brad was a student at The Darling Trust.
“Dear Mr Fernie,
I am writing to say thank you for the help to develop my talents and successfully pass my matric.  I appreciate it very much, because of Uthando I was able to attend the Schoonspruit Secondary School in Malmesbury.
You made it possible for me by paying for my transport to Darling for 2 years. I developed my talent and my own self worth. It was hard work but I was successful, The theme for my final year in visual art was ‘Brad van Gogh’.  This theme allowed me to portray myself in the Vincent van Gogh style, which ended where he cuts his ear off, but for me it ended in me believing in myself.
Thank you very much, good luck with the very good work you do and thank you.
Brad Fortuin”
The Heart of a Woman Project - Mobile Photography Exhibition
Every guest received a souvenir gift set of 7 images as postcardsE

In December 2016, Nwabisa Ndongeni, Thando Duba, Nomfundo Yaso and Amanda Folomane, participants of the mobile photography program at eKhaya eKasi Art & Education Centre in Khayelitsha, collaborated with The Heart of a Woman Project. They photographed 16 women from their neighbourhood with the theme ’Strong Women of Cape Town’. Seven images were chosen to be part of an exhibition that was held at eKhaya eKasi for the client based in Germany, and their guests that visited Cape Town in February 2017.  The Heart of a Woman Project is a mobile photography and digital literacy development initiative founded by Canadian professional photographer Andrea Rees. Its pilot program was implemented at eKhaya eKasi in November 2013. The program participants use donated older model iPhones from donors in Canada and the USA. Andrea Rees was introduced to the women at the Ekasi centre after coming on an Uthando tour in 2012.
Wyndham Vacation Resorts Asia Pacific visit to Ikhaya "Home" Garden
What a joy bringing people together. Thanks to Wildlife Safari and Springbok Atlas, Uthando hosted an incentive group of 110 people from Australia who also generously contributed to the Ikhaya Garden and Isikokhelo Primary School in Khayelitsha. There was much singing, dancing, celebrating between the visitors and local school children. Very importantly the visit was also enormously beneficial to the local school.
Violet Lake - A passionate client
Violet Lake presenting her poetry workshop to the children at Ikhaya Le Themba

Violet Lake first encountered Uthando in 2013 after booking a tour through Rosemary Slogget at the Independent Traveller. As a result of the impact that the tour had on Violet she has kept in touch with Uthando and returned to South Africa twice to volunteer in various projects offering inspiring and enriching poetry workshops.

During her latest visit to Cape Town in March 2017, Violet was volunteering at Ikhaya Le Themba in the township of Imizamo Yethu when the terrible fire destroyed 3500 dwellings. Violet recently wrote to Uthando saying “ the Uthando Tours work and sometimes they just light a spark that develops into something much bigger”  Thank you Violet you for love and friendship to the people of South Africa. Please do visit Violets website www.misslake-poetryworkshop.com and facebook page Misslake-poertworkshop.com
2017 International Tourist Guides' Day Celebrations on Robben Island
James Fernie was extremely grateful and honoured to be invited to speak on the topic “Peace and Development through guiding” at the International Tourist Guides conference. James had the opportunity to present the Honourable Deputy Minister of Tourism Ms Tokozile Xasa with a copy of the book “Abantu Abadala Conversations with the Elders”. The Deputy Minister also promised to pass on a copy to the President of South Africa, Jacob Zuma. What a wonderful way to honour the seniors in the book.
Heritage Tours Private Travel
Uthando is so incredibly grateful for the wonderful support over so many years from Heritage Tours Private Travel who are based in New York City. At the end of 2016 they ran a fun and inspiring fundraising initiative. Uthando sent 4 short videos of different community projects to Heritage Tours, who then shared and promoted the videos on their social media platforms.

Based on the final participation and likes on their facebook page, Heritage Tours made a donation of $1,500 which was split between the 4 community projects. Heritage Tours really do strive to think out of the box in their annual fundraising and awareness creating initiatives.
Swedish Farmers Group visiting Abalimi Bezekhaya "The Farmers of Home"
The farmers being led around the Siyazama “We are trying” Garden by Mama Nokwanda

Uthando was thrilled to host a group of farmers from Sweden who visited a few of the truly beautiful and extensive vegetable gardens that fall under the umbrella of Abalimi Bezekhaya, an urban agricultural programme working with thousands of people in the organic micro farming movement on the Cape Flats in Cape Town.
Kilimanjaro Fundraiser for Iminathi Educare Construction Project
Many thanks and congratulations to Alex Price, Marguerite De Tavernorst and Stefan Philip Swanepoel for raising a fantastic R74 000.00 for the new Iminathi Educare building. In October 2016 the trio spent a week climbing Mount Kilimanjaro to support two organizations which they felt is making an incredible impact in the world. They commented that the journey to the top of Kilimanjaro was an experience they will never forget; a valuable trip in so many respects. A very big THANK YOU to Alex, Marguerite, Stefan and to all those who supported their wonderful fundraising initiative to help build the new Iminathi Educare.
Politics and Prose Group
The Wild Blue Yonder tour group with the seniors at Sinovuyo Seniors

Uthando had the fantastic opportunity to host a wonderful group of very interesting and interested people who are all readers from the bookstore in Washington DC called Politics and Prose. The day was spent exchanging views and ideas about South Africa, the USA and the world whilst visiting a range of local community projects.
2017 Cape Town Cycle Tour Fundraiser​
A HUGE THANK YOU to the many loyal and some new sponsors who helped Uthando break all records by generating just under R130 000.00 for the Cape Town Cycle Tour initiative.
The beneficiary of the 2017 fundraiser is the Amy Foundation which is helping to develop over 2000 children in very disadvantaged communities in Cape Town. Unfortunately the 109km cycle race was cancelled due to extreme weather conditions but James is already looking forward to cycling in the 2018 cycle tour.
Amy Foundation Ambassadorship

James receiving the certificate from Amy Foundation CEO Kevin Chaplin

James Fernie was honoured to be appointed as an official Ambassador for the Amy Foundation on the 11th of March. Kevin Chaplin wrote, “Thank you so much James. It is compassionate visionaries like you that give us the encouragement to continue what we are doing. “ Uthando is extremely proud to be associated with The Amy Foundation and the absolutely incredible work they are doing to change childrens lives in our country.
First cement PingOut table in South Africa !
We are extremely pleased and excited to announce the launch of the very first cement PingOut table tennis table in South Africa (specially engineered to South African conditions). The first table is busy being manufactured at the moment and will hopefully be fully installed by early May 2017 in time for “We Are Africa”.  Uthando South Africa has for some years been collaborating with Sune Stassen from Rock City Foundation / Co Founder Open Design Festival with the vision of rolling out the table as part of bringing the PingOut Concept to South Africa.
Also referred to as street or outdoor ping-pong, PingOut is way more than just ping-pong!  The PingOut project has its origin in Copenhagen, Denmark and is based on the idea of bringing social togetherness, physical activity, design and art into the public space. Please do take a look at their www.pingout.net 
This is a REMARKABLY exciting initiative.  Tour operators, hotels, clients, conferences and events organizers, incentive groups….an amazing opportunity to sponsor tables at schools, community projects and other centres with endless possibilities for engagement, participation between locals and sponsors / visitors while bringing “concrete” benefits to locals.
Please do contact Uthando should you wish to sponsor a table.
Thank you Cape Town Tourism
From left to right: Two clients on tour Umi Muhammed and Ameenah Ahad together with CEO of Abalimi Bezekhaya Mama Christina Kaba at the Moya we Ikhaya Garden.

Uthando is always grateful for the exposure through various associations. Leani Jansen van Vuuren, Destination PR Coordinator sent such a lovely message to Uthando after experiencing the Uthando tour; “I was so impressed with your unique approach to township tourism and have been raving about it to all my colleagues. Well done on what you guys are doing, and keep up the fantastic work!” 
Iminathi Educare / Thokozani Youth Centre
Thanks to the remarkable kindness and generosity of a number of donors the full amount of R1. 164 792.12 to build the centre has been committed and the target thus achieved. Construction on the Iminathi Educare / Thokozani will commence as soon as the outstanding funds clear from the United Kingdom. Watch this space.
Visit by I-escape
Nikki with the lovely ladies at the Ekhaya Ekasi Centre in Khayelitsha.

Thank you to Co-Founder of I-escape Nikki Tinto and her delightful family Aiden and Poppy for coming out on an Uthando Tour to find out about the organization and the tours that we offer. Nikki sent a lovely message after the tour;  “On our first visit with Uthando, we felt incredibly privileged to meet so many wonderful people making these inspiring projects a success.  Such enthusiasm and generosity of spirit blew us away and restored our faith in the best of human nature. Thank you to everyone involved.”
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