Volunteers use art to navigate negative social ills

SABC News Masakhane Arts Centre @AfrikaBurn - Volunteers use art to navigate negative social ills

A group of volunteers hoping to combat drug abuse as well as xenophobia in the country is teaching children and teenagers in Upington in the Northern Cape how to use art to navigate the negative social ills in the town.

The volunteers believe various art forms including painting, dancing, and acting will be a positive outlet for their energy and emotions.

This after chaos broke out in the town when community members raided the homes of alleged drug dealers.

The bulk of these homes belong to foreign nationals.

Masakhane Arts Centre leader Elcardo Chulu says they are providing a safe space for youngsters to express themselves.

“All the xenophobic attacks that happened throughout the times, we thought about unity and bringing the different communities together to work on a common goal, which is the arts. We all know the arts is what brings people together because of its culture.”

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