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Unisa online - Music to Prof Makhanya's ears

Prof Mandla Makhanya, Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor addressing students, tutors and parents at the school
Prof Mandla Makhanya, Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor addressing students, tutors and parents at the school
From left: John Roos, Arisa Voges, Lerato Maponya, Morkel Combrink (conductor) and Prof Mandla Makhanya with the Soshanguve Youth String Orchestra which performed the Overture from Mozart's opera, The Marriage of Figaro in his honour
From left: John Roos, Arisa Voges, Lerato Maponya, Morkel Combrink (conductor) and Prof Mandla Makhanya with the Soshanguve Youth String Orchestra which performed the Overture from Mozart's opera, The Marriage of Figaro in his honour

Prof Mandla Makhanaya, Unisa Principal and Vice-Chancellor recently visited the Unisa Music Foundation School of Music in Soshanguve to officially open the garden that Unisa Estates upgraded at this facility. His distinguished presence and address inspired all present. He encouraged students to persevere in pursuing their dreams.

In December 2010 the previous Principal inaugurated the improved facilities at this venue, including a small concert hall. A total of about 300 students enjoy tuition in strings (violin, viola and cello), piano, recorder, electrical guitar, orchestral playing and theory of music at this school.

The Unisa Music Foundation also supports community music education projects in Hammanskraal, Garankuwa, Atteridgeville, Mamelodi and as far afield as Saldannah, Grahamstown and Polokwane.

A total of 1 400 music students and 64 tutors form part of this comprehensive community project which started in 1998, making it one of the biggest programmes of its kind in the country.

*Story submitted by John Roos



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