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Ekurhuleni entertainer needs help to teach street children music

An unemployed street entertainer in Ekurhuleni says he wants to do his bit to give the city’s street children the chance of a better life away from drugs and crime.


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A street performer in Ekurhuleni is hoping to make a difference in the lives of South Africa’s street children by teaching them music.

“Although I do need financial help for myself, to pay rent and electricity and purchase food, my biggest concern lies with the children of Benoni, most of whom are on the streets, leading them to gangs and a life of crime,” Matthews Dhlomo told the local Benoni City Times.

Dhlomo can play the piano, trumpet, drums, percussion and saxophone, but is without a full-time job. He also holds a diploma in marketing and holds a black belt in Kyokushin karate.

He works as a gardener and supplements his income by freelancing as a musician, according to the BCT.

His concern for the children of Ekurhuleni

“The children of our world do not know what is going on during this pandemic. They are scared and confused and will often rebel or act out. Those without parents or homes, the ones without help, they need your help Benoni.

“I beg you to help me keep the children off the street, by giving them something they can look forward to, and feel safe while doing so,” said Dhlomo.

The performer urges people in Benoni and beyond to help by donating musical instruments of any kind to the Anglican Church of the Resurrection in Wattville. This way, he can help children learn to play instruments and enjoy music. He believes this is the key to keeping them from a life of crime and giving them something to love.

“Many children could have the talent to even go as far as making a career out of music, but they may need my help,” said Dhlomo outside the Northmead Square where he regularly entertains motorists and shopgoers.

How you can help

Dhlomo says the donations of musical instruments will be used to start his project to teach music to less fortunate children.

Donations of musical instruments can be dropped at the Anglican Church of the Resurrection in Wattville, Benoni.

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