Port Elizabeth Innovation

First stop in Colchester and it
kicked of the day with an awesome
bang, I was quite confused by
the nervous faces of everyone around me.
But when the sound
of humour start to sneak in, everyone
seems to hav a Glams of Happiness.



Port Elizabeth Charlo Primary Hall…
The rehearsal sessions, from my perspective I would say keep it that way. One thing about peartson’s Dancers they are observers and strong focused, not on several things but in the things, they know goes with they’re passion.





On our way Back To Pearston
_ Awesome beach time, I could cherish every
moment of every child. It wasn’t just a visit or anything I would say, But beyond Happiness of eternity. For them it was a moment above the see to explore a feeling in the cold water.

Walk to liberation with the Indigenous liberation Movement

In the days of the Khoi-Khoi and the Boesman in the Karoo area, the khoi and the boesman people used to share the land and resources among each other. They were farmers and herders. The ethnic groups in the Baviaanskloof would walk with their goats and sheep for days to the Centre Karoo area of Beaufort West when the land in their area was dry and food for the livestock was scarce. Same thing happened when the herders from the centre karoo area saw that there is few or no more land for grazing. Hence it is referred to the khoi-khoi and the boesman people as nomadic, however, this was not true because this was only a farming technique and the technology had not been as advance as today so walking behind a herd of sheep and goats across hundreds of kilometres for these people was a way of feeding their livestock. The Indigenous liberation walk is to create awareness around the identity of people and a pathway to liberation for the nation. Even if you do not define yourself with khoi or boesman, these are the first nations of South Africa part of a bigger nation of indigenous people.


A long walk to liberation of the indigenous nation. A walk of more than 1000 kilometres across the centre Karoo  starting in Victoria West,  into the upper Karoo via the R63, into  Namaqualand the area of Van Rhynsdorp and the bo-kaap town Vredendal. Further down the west coast meeting small coastal towns like Papendorp, Stompneus bay, Lambertsbay and saldanah bay to mention a few. This year marks the 6th of the Indigenous Liberation Walk, an initiative by khoi-khoi and boesman people to walk for their rights and make other people aware of where we come from. Pearston was fortunate to have gotten an invitation from the Indigenous liberation walkers for three people to join this years sacred pilgrimage. Gareth and Girswin from Sophakama were accompanied by Oom David and walked through the Northern province, Namaqualand and west coast to make people aware of our identities and how we have come to be here.


To read more about the Indigenous liberation walk you can visit: http://www.thejournalist.org.za/spotlight/indigenous-liberation-walk-a-human-rights-focus


Pearston Secondary School at Scifest Africa 2018

Our annual “make something out of nothing” competition for high school learners Grade 8 -12 has yet encouraged these young ones to be creative. The annual competition was held for a month from beginning to end February.
These creative minds build little robots, popcorn machines and speakers but to mention a few. Twelve of the most creative creations was selected by a panel of teachers and facilitator at the school. The prize for these young innovators was a three-day stay at Kleuterland pre-primary school in Grahamstown and a whole set programme at the National Science Festival 2018. The group of learners was accompanied  by Ms Ndawana (from Pearston secondary) and Adriaan Alexander (Sophakama).

These creations will later this year form part of an exhibition and we hope to stimulate more creativity in the community of Pearston.

Pearston does it at 41st Bruintjieshoogte Marathon

While Somerset east athletics club celebrated the 41st Bruintjieshoogte Ultra Marathon on 21 April 2018, we celebrated such a remarkable milestone achieved in the history of Pearston. Andre Prins, a father of two and a hard-working man doing labour on Jackson farm in Pearston, to support his family which he loves so much. But he also loves something else and that is road running. He runs about 10 kilometres in the evening after having a 7am to 5pm working day on the farm as a general worker. Just because he can and loves doing it.

Andre had also encouraged other two young men from his church, the Old Apostolic church in Nelsig to join him at this year’s bruintjieshoogte marathon. They was also accompanied by his 9-year-old son, Manly Mouwer, who took part in the 5km fun run on saturday 21 April 2018. Andre Prins came 2nd in the 15km race with a time of 56m:19s. The rest of the Pearston runners were, Shaidene Scheepers (Pearston primary school), Michael Hendricks (Youth/ ranger at Plains of Camdeboo private reserve), Adriano Coetzee (Pearston Secondary school) and John Hermaans (Pearston secondary school). Everyone who took part got a medal and some of them won prizes like Shaidene for 1st Girls / primary school girl to complete the 5km fun run, Michael for 1st moy / man to complete 5km fun run. Andre is looking forward to running other races in the area and country, but to also develop long distance runners is his biggest dream!

Sophakama also for the second year in a row had a water point at the bruintjieshoogte marathon this year. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped out at this point!

Belowe is a link to a very short video created with the footage from saturday. https://youtu.be/MQ853j99ygQ

Graduates in action

Not so long ago, in November last year, 11 locals graduated from an early childhood development level 4 training as qualified Grade R practitioner. At the beginning of the new school year this year, Pearston primary school was facing a challenge where they had three Grade R classes of up to 30 children in one class with only two teachers. Because of our involvement in the schools in Pearston, previous interventions Sophakama has made across the schools in Pearston, we were able to come up with an intermediary plan to supplement one of the 2012 ECD training programme graduates. However, Sophakama is only able to financially help with the situation at the school until end of term two. Meet Alona Goliath: Alona was born and bred in Pearston and has always had the dream of becoming a teacher. She is a single parent of four children and despite this has volunteered at Sunshine crèche for the past six years

Grade R learner

In 2012 Alona ran a programme called [email protected] where her aim was to give care to eleven children who were not attending preschool.

After 6 months eight out of the eleven children were back at school and she found that these children needed to undergo such an intensive home schooling programme to be able to catch up with those already in preschool. Apart from her voluntary work at Sunshine crèche and Sophakama Community Partnership, Alona has always been very willing to help at Pearston primary school when asked to. Her passion for children and their development speaks for herself when one enters her classroom at Pearston primary school where she is now a temporary grade R teacher and makes a huge difference not only at this school but in the community of Pearston. Pearston is very grateful and fortunate to have such a passionate citizen making such a great impact in her community. Alona has a playful, practical but educational style of teaching. Engaging her learners in the lessons in an enjoyable way.
Pearston primary school and the community of Pearston is asking for any person or organisation who wants to help, to please call the principal at the school on 042 2461105 or contact Sophakama on 0607604042. Former teachers who have time to volunteer or any other cash or in kind donations would really be helpful to the school.

Greetings Leaders.

You are hardly invited to our Community Feedback Channel to share the programs and activities that Sophakama Community Partnership initiated with the support of the community during the past year. We hereby would like to paint our vision & mission statement, the feedback shall be presented by the organisations departments. It will also be an opportunity to give advice and engage with Sophakama Community Partnership.

Community Feedback Channel take place:

When: 7 November 2017

Where: SCP Centre Buitekant Street

Time: 15:30 till 16:30

Yours in Development