The need for change in the crime riddled Khayelitsha saw Siviwe Makhafana start his own non-profit organisation (NPO), Khaltsha By Nature aimed at helping to develop the potential of young artists.
Siviwe told Vukani he and some few friends had seen the rise of crime and gang culture in Khayelitsha and they wanted to make a difference by inspiring youngsters through music.
Khaltsha by Nature is run by young people who have the vision to take up the spear and share a common goal. On Saturdays they host open mic sessions as part of NPO’s plan to enrich young potential.
Vukani caught up with them at the Site B library last Saturday where the stage was shared with the likes of Jiji Martin, Lue Sodisa, Cannabasflow and Xia Blxck, Nyzer Peace, Nish, Reloaded, Kiddy J, Warrah SA.Kiddy J, Blaq Shade and others.
“We are using music as a tool to uplift the youth because there’s so much negativity in our areas. But we are now making inroads to schools so we can help with sport and other activities too. There is so much talent in our areas besides crime and gangs. These sessions have a big following because young people are tired of reading and seeing negativity all the time. So Khaltsha by Nature wants youth to wake up and do the right things,” Siviwe told Vukani.
However, all is not hunky dory, he said, and the lack of resources is a major challenge for them. Currently, all their activities are self-funded.
“I have involved other gents that share the same vision with me. We now want to look to libraries and volunteer to clean up. We are willing to occupy every spot that is not being used so to curb crime. We are not promising that we will change the world but we are positive that few will change,” he said.
Artist Lue Sodisa reiterated that the aim is to change how people look at Khayelitsha and to play a vital role in young people’s lives. “We want to be good role models. We have to change the narrative so children can see what is wrong and right. As an artist I am trying to influence the youth and someone else is trying to show them healthy living and skills. That is us at Khaltsha by Nature,” he said.