Third World Child may be the title of one of his popular albums, but South African super star Johnny Clegg is doing his bit to ensure that education is accessible to all.
Clegg performed a special unplugged concert at Lebone II College amphitheatre in Phokeng (outside Rustenburg) this weekend. All funds went to the school’s newly launched Phatsima Fund.
The Johnny Clegg Unplugged performances allow the school to raise a significant amount of money to add to the Phatsima (meaning "shine") educational fund, making it easy for the school to provide places for talented, deserving children from the community.
Lebone II College was established by the king of the Royal Bafokeng Nation to serve the Bafokeng community through a model of educational excellence. The concert was attended by Kgosi Leruo Tshekedi Molotlegi, leader of the Royal Bafokeng Nation.
“Ensuring that all children have the possibility of an outstanding education is a priority for our country and is in the forefront of thinking about the future for the Royal Bafokeng Nation,” said the school’s headmaster, David du Toit.
He added that the school aimed to grow the community by using young and vibrant lecturers who are Tswana.
Clegg had everyone on their feet with his hit songs from Woza Friday to Asimbonanga. During his performance there were screams from people requesting that he sing Impi and when he finally did almost everybody was singing and dancing along.
He was joined on the amphitheatre stage by the Lebone II College choir. It was the first time he had performed with a school choir.
Clegg, who recently returned to South Africa after an extensive 40-date United States tour, received the Order of the British Empire from Queen Elizabeth II last year as recognition of his unique services to the arts‚ vulnerable people and children and to democracy in South Africa.
Du Toit expressed his gratitude to those who had supported the school and the concert.
Should you wish to contribute to the fund and change the lives of children, contact Mme Lerato Rasetlola at Lebone II College on 014 5661 559.