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Guga Sthebe: Culture, arts & empowerment in Langa township
When visiting the township of Langa, make sure the recently opened Guga Sthebe Culture & Art center is on your agenda.
Guga Sthebe Arts & Culture Centre in the Langa Township, 15km - 20km from Cape Town, is one of the highlights during a township tour. Guga Sthebe, housed in a brightly coloured building, is dedicated to the empowerment of the people of Langa and improving their socio-economical situation.
One of the focuses is unemployment. This is very important, as 60% of the adults are unemployed. This does not mean that these jobless people don't work. Many work in the informal economy, either by running a Spaza shop (a township shop ran from people's homes) or by street vending. Nevertheless, only a minority in Langa has a contractual, structural job.
Guga Sthebe aims for change. Their services include accounting services for small entrepreneurs, secretarial services, and other facilities that enable people to start a business and provide for themselves.
In their strategy to improve life in the township of Langa from Guga Sthebe focuses on Arts & Culture. Here people are trained in several art forms as metal work and Pottery. There is a community theatre and people can join dance, arts & craft lessons, traditional dancing, choir training, music and poetry, and regular exhibitions expressing local and national art activities.
There are exhibition areas and art studios, a resource centre, storeroom facilities, a retail facility for arts and crafts, a workshop metal work and a workshop pottery, and much more.
(Source: CapeTownMagazine.com / Miriam Mannak)
Guga Sthebe is one of the highlights of the township tours in Langa & Guguletu organised by Township Tour operators that promotes sustainable and responsible (township) tourism.
Looking for a fun event in the area? Come party at Rocktober Lifestyle.
Experience smooth local sounds at The Unity Band Album Release.
Bringing South African wines and African people together is the BLACC Fest x Langa.