From Masi to the V&A Water­front

Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - NOR­MAN CLOETE

A BOY from Masi­phumelele, who had never vis­ited the city cen­tre and the V&A Water­front, ar­rived alone but left with hope, joy and the “Busker of the Day” crown.

Mil­isa Ndlebe, 12, trav­elled from the in­for­mal set­tle­ment near Fish Hoek to the Water­front yes­ter­day to join the Young En­trepreneurs Pocket Money Mar­ket in a Youth Day cel­e­bra­tion.

Mil­isa was ac­com­pa­nied by event or­gan­iser, Linda Wil­son, as his mother re­cently had a baby and could not at­tend, but his dad was able to join him later.

Mil­isa, a Grade 6 pupil at Ukhanyo Primary in Masi­phumelele, be­gan play­ing the vi­o­lin when he was 10, trained by a vol­un­teer teacher, who of­fers free mu­sic lessons to pupils at his school.

His in­ter­est in mu­sic started when his cousin, Anelisa Mahlangulu, won a schol­ar­ship to study opera at a Wyn­berg school.

“We get our love for mu­sic from our grand­mother and she was the first per­son we called when I won,” beamed Mil­isa. He said he ini­tially wanted to be­come a doc­tor but now wants to fo­cus all his en­ergy on his vi­o­lin.

He plans to use his R100 in earn­ings to buy a new tuner but will have to save just a lit­tle more as a tuner sells for R150 to R200.

Mil­isa Ndlebe

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