PELMAMA ACADEMY

SOWETO

a historical survey

Art Education in Soweto in the 80s and 90s

and how The Haenggi Foundation Inc. got involved in the launching of this Project


 

Background

What was it all about?

 


 

The first trust: first trustees and all trustees 1981-1990

Clr. F.M. Chuenyane in 1981

Clr. F.M. Chuenyane, Chairman of the Pelmama Art, Dance & Music Workshop Trust, Johannesburg (1981-1990), Chairman of the Soweto Council Education and Health Committee

 


 

The feasibility report of 1984

 


 

The originally intended site in Mofolo Park, Soweto

Mofolo Park Soweto in 1980 (comp. pic. The Haenggi Foundation Inc.)

Mofolo Park Soweto in 1980 (comp. pic. The Haenggi Foundation Inc.)

Aerial view of Mofolo Park 28th October, 1980 - 1/4000 (archives The Haenggi Foundation Inc., Basel)

Aerial view of Mofolo Park on 28th October, 1980 - 1/4000 - please click on image for large view showing Mofolo Park and Five Roses Bowl built in 1976 (burnt down in 2012)!

 


 

Original concept for Pelmama Academy including a theatre at Mofolo Park, Soweto - click for PDF of architects plans!

 

Model of proposed Pelmama Aademy and Theatre in Mofolo Park, Soweto, 1983

Model of proposed Pelmama Aademy and Theatre in Mofolo Park, Soweto, in 1983

 


 

For further details, please refer to the 1984 report "The Economic Feasibility of a Tertiary Institution for the Arts in Greater Soweto, including a Theatre, with special reference to the Pelmama Academy, Mofolo, Soweto", officially handed over to Mr F.M. Chuenyane, Chairman of the P.A.D.M.W. Trust, by Dr. P.J. de Lange from R.A.U., at a luncheon held at R.A.U. on 29.11.1984.

Pelmama Academy Soweto - Clr. F.M. Chuenyane, Chairman of the Pelmama Art, Dance & Music Workshop Trust, Soweto, receiving the Feasibility Report from Prof. Dr P.J. de Lange, part financed by the Anglo American & De Beers Chairman's Fund, Johannesburg, represented by Mr. W. King (at right)

Clr. F.M. Chuenyane, Chairman of the Pelmama Art, Dance & Music Workshop Trust, Soweto, receiving the Feasibility Report from Prof. Dr P.J. de Lange, part financed by the Anglo American & De Beers Chairman's Fund, Johannesburg, represented by Mr. W. King (at right)

Copy of the full report is available from The Haenggi Foundation Inc., Basel, on request, or can be viewed at BAB, Basel

 


 

This dream did not become a reality, unfortunately, but the following was real!

 


 

PELMAMA ACADEMY - SOWETO CAMPUS

Staff of the Pelmama Academy Soweto Campus in 1989 (img. Vernon Naidoo)

Staff of the Pelmama Academy Soweto Campus in 1989 (img. Vernon Naidoo)

Students in their studio at Pelmama Academy Soweto Campus in 1989 (img. Vernon Naidoo)

Students in their studio at Pelmama Academy Soweto Campus in 1989 (img. Vernon Naidoo)

For details p7 on:

Illustrated brochure in support of fund raising - 1989  (16 pp.)

Images - Campus - 1

 


 

EASTSIDE COLLEGE - TROYEVILLE CAMPUS

Students at PELMAMA ACADEMY's Eastside College Campus in Troyeville

Students at PELMAMA ACADEMY's Eastside College Campus in Troyeville

Images - Campus - 2

Images - Book Appeal - Unpacking boxes 1

 


 

Selected Press cuttings - click to view list!

 

Poster of an exhibition held at Pelmama Academy Soweto in October, 1989

Poster of an exhibition held at Pelmama Academy Soweto in October, 1989 - also ill. in "Sowetan" 17th October, 1989

 

Additional reviews

Lantern, Pretoria 1992 14:4 pp. 78/9 - ISSN 0023-8422

Star International Weekly, 2nd to 8th February, 1995, p.14 - on Soweto Youth Jazz Orchestra - students of the Pelmama Academy

Sunday Times, Johannesburg - 30th April, 1995, p. 6 - on Michael and Sheila Masote

 


 

Historical Review by Gordon Froud published in 2009 by the Pretoria Art Museum in their PELMAMA Donation's brochure, covering the period 1993-1997

 


 

Lists of Donors

Appeals for books to July, 1994

Summary list of all Donors of instruments, books, art material and financial support received from 1987 to 1993 from SA and abroad

Updated list of all book donors worldwide as at 1st March, 1996 - 4576 books - available on this link!

handing over first international book consignment to Mike Muller and Gordon Froud - Pelmama Academy Library Soweto and Eastside Campus - 8th Aug 1994

Handing over the first air consignment of internationally donated books - 8th August, 1994 (click on image)

 


 

Concerts to raise funds

1981 - Sunday Musical Festival presented by Pro Musica Antiqua - 13th and 20th September, 1981

1981 - String Festival 1981 - The Haenggi Foundation Inc., Johannesburg - 23rd August, 1981

1982 - Pro Musica Antiqua at St. George's Church, Parktown - 26th June, 1982

1982 - Celebrity Concert: Martina Arroyo from New York at Pace School Theatre - 27th June, 1982

Invitation - programme - selected press comments

Celebrity Concert - Martina Arroyo from New York at Pace School Theatre 1982 helping raise funds for Music Development in Greater Soweto

Martina Arroyo in Soweto 1982

1991 - Shulton Concert presented by the Pelmama Academy Soweto at Duncan Hall, Johannesburg - 9th November, 1991

 


 

Prospectus of Manu Technical College / Pelmama Academy Soweto (Part)

 


 

WHAT HAPPENED IN THE END?

 

Annual Report of the Pelmama Academy - 1991 + 1992 - click on link for details!

Pelmama Academy Soweto was placed under the management of and fully integrated into the Manu Technical College as from January 1993, the latter in turn changed its name to Dobsonville College, when it fell under the Gauteng Department of Education, then it was listed as a campus of the South West Gauteng College (FET) - a far cry from the original concept of the initiators of the PELMAMA ACADEMY SOWETO way back!

The Eastside College was established in 1993 (registered as a Technical College), Mr M. Muller being its Principal. On 27th May, 1996, the Eastside College stated inter alia that "Eastside is in the process of amalgamating its Art Department with the National School of the Arts, therefore donations of books are obsolete"(!)

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Further links:

The National School of the Arts, Johannesburg

PELMAMA

 


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