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RAD Foundation

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RAD Foundation believes in M.A.G.I.C (Music and Arts Growing Inspired Children), and introduces the Arts to Rural communities, providing a platform for integration and unity in diversity, through classes, workshops, carnivals and festivals. Our aim is to get youth off the streets and into a environment where they can learn, grow and achieve manageable goals. Working in collaboration with several other NPOs to ensure reaching all target groups of youth to introduce them to the projects which include: HIV/AIDS awareness, substance abuse, life skills, recycling, nutrition and other relevant youth issues.

Our motto is to INSPIRE, ENGAGE, EDUCATE with Respect, Attitude and Discipline.

RAD Constitution (.pdf 109kb)
RAD NPO Registration Certificate (.jpg 241kb).
RAD Foundation Mission Statement (.pdf 322kb).
RAD Foundation B-BBEEE Certificate (.pdf 289kb)
RAD Foundation Financial Statements 2017 (.pdf 184kb)

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Our Ambassadors!
Sharing the M.A.G.I.C.

RAD Ambassadors

Appel and Antio are young men giving back to their communities!


Ashbury Youth

Our Board

RichardRichard van der Westhuizen (Chairman)

Richard is a qualified C.A. and successful businessman, and has owned Ashton Palms Guesthouse for three years. He relocated to Ashton in 2015.

He established organisations in the performing arts – WRAGZS PRODUCTIONS, AVA VOCAL ACADEMY and AFTON SCHOOL OF DANCE. Their primary goal was to focus on uplifting local community performers. Many graduates went on to perform both nationally and internationally, and always return to give back to their community.

He has assisted RAD with stage, lighting and performances since September 2014. He has a passion for youth development, particularly in the arts, and has seen several of the youth he has mentored reach great heights in the performance world. His passion is truly infectious, and his fastidious attention to detail is commendable!

With his sound financial background and knowledge, he is a true asset to our Foundation.

OdwaOdwa Mvunge
Odwa is a singer and actor and obtained his degree, BMusEd, at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) in 2011. He has performed nationally and internationally as a tenor with honours in solos, duets, quartets and choirs. He has been the Music Director for the Seventh Day Adventist Church and a member of the NMMU choir.

Odwa started the Ashton Youth Choir in Zolani which specialises in African music. His objectives are to achieve service excellence in all duties, to develop expert competencies and mastery in any field and to help others help themselves by assisting in all aspects of life. His motto is "Be Swift, Be Stronger, Be Helpful, Aim Higher"

ZaneleZanele Mzizi-England

Zanele has been involved in various community development programmes and arts organisations in South Africa and the United Kingdom since 1992. In addition, she gained experience in training primary school teachers in South Africa through In-service Teacher Training Programme (INSET) to encourage the use of dance and drama in their school subjects as part of the Outcome Based Education. She has worked with artists' tutors in national and international residencies that culminated in performances.

Her strengths are good communication and presentation skills, hands-on management of projects, ability to work on alone and in a team, ability to inspire young people, good people management skills, and understanding and appreciation of different cultural backgrounds. We are privileged to have her as a board member!

JanetJanet Bourhill (Treasurer)
Janet has not only a trade/marketing/financial background, but has also worked extensively with young children, troubled teens and abused women. She has worked on various projects providing skills training including permaculture gardens at Rocklands School, training at Umoja Centre, and her Afridite art gallery.

Janet owns an alpaca farm in Montagu, and is setting up a project to provide skills training and marketing opportunities for the community through the production and processing of alpaca-fibre products.

Janet is perfect as our treasurer because she understands both finances and the challenges our youth face.

NataliaNatalia Da Rocha

Natalia was among the first graduates of Colour from Stellenbosch University in 1981, with a degree in drama, and boasts a career in the performing arts of some 35 years. She is the new PANSA National Chairperson and well known performer, trainer and mentor, a pioneer South African actress, director, youth activist and businesswoman.

Since 2002, Natalia has been developing APPLAUZ ARTS INITIATIVE as a platform to showcase emerging talent among disadvantaged youth in the Western Cape. Three of the projects developed by the Initiative are SongStar (a talent competition with three months of performance training), Wa Was Djy! The Musical (a tribute to the 60s and 70s Coloured artists that recorded against all odds), and Adam Small BeJazzed (a tribute to one of our icons, Adam Small).

She has been busy with recording, directing and producing shows and albums with many established and emerging performers.

VeronicaVeronica Gorlovsky
A human rights advocate and direct care facilitator, Veronica is currently engaged in graduate studies in Social Work. She calls Maine, USA home, where much of her social service work has been in the field of juvenile justice helping young people transition from detention centres into their communities. She is also a board member of the New Leaders Council, a nationwide (USA) non-profit that recruits and trains young progressive leaders. She also volunteers with various other organizations, particularly focusing on advocacy for substance-use disorder, education, and social justice.

Veronica is a two-year alum of the Montagu Project, acts as Graduate Assistant to Dr. Tara Grey Coste (Montagu Project co-director), and presented on the curriculum at the Peace and Understanding Conference in Singapore. Veronica believes that young people are remarkably resilient, and is dedicated to the task of helping them tap into their strength in order to transform themselves and their communities. She hopes to bring this passion to support RAD in its mission.

Our Operations Team

HelenHelen Gooderson - CEO
Helen is a dynamic and tireless achiever. She started RAD in 2011 and aims to see all talented children following their dreams.

She has a background in dance and theatre and grew up next door to John Brickhill and Louie Burke - so show business has always been in her blood! When She was offered the chance to take on the Montagu Youth Arts Festival (established in 1995!) and she jumped at the opportunity, prompting her to register the NPO - RAD Foundation to create a performance platform for rural talented youth.

As time went on and opportunities presented themselves, she was able to use her marketing and networking skills to introduce different visual and performing arts to the youth with the formula of Inspire, Engage and Educate.

Her dedication allows her to fulfil her passion of being involved with the ARTS, and the gratification of seeing growth and development in the youth simply fuels her desire to continue. The satisfaction of being able to collaborate with organisations and volunteers sharing similar passion in specified arts fields is what makes the RAD Foundation dream an easy to live daily reality.

RAD Ambassadors

Appel and Antio

Sydwell (aka Appel) and Antio. These amazing young men share their personal testimony and talents with our youth, and facilitate our projects including Drumline, dance, choir and drama. They also perform for schools, corporate groups and other events, sharing messages of anti-substance abuse, domestic violence and other life issues. More importantly, they give HOPE and INSPIRATION to their audiences with the #AWAM "Arts with a message".

See what the guys are up to in their Ambassadors' Journal.

Our Patrons

Emile Minnie Emile Minnie
Emile is a renowned South African recording artist who worked with RAD on the Minnie Mass Choir project.

Emile on his career: "My ma sê my sangloopbaan het begin met my eerste gil, toe die dokter uitroep: "Jislaaik, maar die kêreltjie het 'n paar longe aan hom!" My ouers is baie lief vir musiek, en hulle het my van die begin af aangemoedig om my musiektalent uit te leef. Na matriek het ek Musiek en Frans geswot by die Universiteit van die Vrystaat. Hier het ek vir Johann Slabbert ontmoet, en ons twee het dadelik begin om saam musiek te maak. Dit was asof daar 'n nuwe wêreld vir my opgegaan het - ek en Johann het ure lank songs geskryf. Voorheen het ek net ander mense se gedigte getoonset - skielik het ek begin om my eie belewenisse in musiek om te sit - dis 'n wonderlike gevoel."

GodfreyGodfrey Johnson
Johnson has performed over twenty one-man shows nationally and internationally. He has worked for many years as a musician, director, actor and composer and accompanied Pieter-Dirk Uys in his various cabarets.

Godfrey won the 2007 Fleur du Cap award for Best Performance in a Cabaret for his work in Kissed by Brel, and his many other performances include shows such as Uncut, Flirting with Coward, Behind Every Man, Season in The Sun, The Shadow of Brel, Stories of Crimes and Passion, The Minnie and Johnson Show and Coward & Cole.

FahruqFahruq Valley-Omar
Fahruq is an actor with an impressive line of credits to his name. He has appeared in plays including As You Like It, Fiela's Child and Toorberg; television including The Piano, Konings and Sinbad; films including 10,000 BC, The Diamond Hunters and The Poseidon Adventure; on radio in Die Kinders Van Orion and Voice Of The Cape and in several TV commercials both local and international.

FionaduPlooyFiona du Plooy
Fiona du Plooy is a choreographer and teacher whose evocative visual style, comprehensive movement vocabulary and extensive knowledge of ballet and contemporary dance has been seen in work created for both theatre and television.

Recent choreographic highlights include creating a water Ballet for Betesda for which she was nominated for a 2011 Fiesta Theatre Award for Outstanding Design for Choreography; staging and choreographing 2011's Not the Midnight Mass, Infecting the City 2011, GIPCA's The Beautiful Feast and Castle Lite's fabulous Ice Ice Baby campaign.

Fiona is the winner of the prestigious Fleur du Cap Award for Outstanding Performance in a Cabaret 2010 for Angels on Horseback, and now co-ordinates and teaches Movement for Performers at UCT's Drama Department.

DanelleDanelle de Vries
Danelle is a singer/songwriter who lives in Paarl, just below the picturesque Paarl Mountain. She has an immense love for children and the healing energy of music and expression through art. Her training in music started at an early age with tuition in piano and music theory through UNISA. She then started vocal coaching at age 16, with exposure to singing competitions, school musicals and eisteddfods a plenty. After school she enrolled at the Waterfront Theatre School where she completed her international diplomas in Musical Theatre, Drama and Dance through Trinity College of London. Here she excelled, passing all her disicplines with Honours and featuring as a lead role in many college productions.

She had the good fortune to perform in the State Theatre in Pretoria and the Baxter Theatre and Theatre on the Bay in Cape Town. Then she travelled through America for a year and returned to South Africa with a fresh desire to compose music and stand in service of her community. In 2009 she started a music appreciation and -development programme for children between the ages 3 and 6 years old. It is part of national franchise, The South African Music Appreciation and Development School, with Danelle focusing on the Paarl area. All the while still composing music and performing live in the Winelands, until she was scouted by SONY Music Entertainment and recently released her first original album titled "Danelle - Son Sien Opkom".

AllisonFoatAllison Foat
is a former ballerina with CAPAB Ballet, PACT Ballet and Manhattan Ballet in New York. She trained under Mignon Furman who created opportunities for her to study in Paris, Cannes, Monte Carlo and London. At age 17 was accepted into CAPAB Ballet. Lead roles she has danced over the years include Odette/Odile in Swan Lake, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty and Nikiya in La Bayadere, as well as principal roles in several Balanchine ballets and works created by Veronica Paeper such as The Merry Widow.

Allison is a publicist, the owner of DIVA PR, specializing in entertainment and restaurant PR, representing clients such as the Fugard Theatre, Marc Lottering, David Kramer, Pieter Toerien, Nik Rabinowitz, Pieter-Dirk Uys, Evita Bezuidenhout and the Harbour House Group. She is also a part time travel writer and has been published in the Weekend Argus and online. She lives in Cape Town and is married with two sons aged 17 and 13.

JenniferJennifer Johnson
Jennifer comes from an educational background. She attained an HDE at the University of the Witwatersrand and started off her teaching career specialising in Home Economics and Biology at various high schools in Edenvale (Gauteng). She also ran her own businesses from home, including a private education centre teaching English as a second/foreign language, and taught primary school English and Natural Science.

She is a relative new-comer to the Western Cape, having moved to McGregor with her husband, Martyn, in 2010. She came with the intention of becoming involved in rural development projects. Currently, she and Martyn own a small bed-and-breakfast guesthouse in McGregor called Le Bonheur. Jennifer is also the social media consultant for Temenos Retreat and Wellness Centre in McGregor and co-ordinates and organises the annual McGregor Poetry Festival.

FionaSargeantFiona Sargeant
Fiona schooled in Classical ballet in England. Training with Nesta Brooking Elmhurst Ballet School Rambert and Central School of Ballet. She started her professional career (1988) with the London City Ballet and then enjoyed a fifteen year performing career as a Professional Ballet Dancer working with the NAPAC and CAPAB Ballet Companies. It was whilst with CAPAB (1994) that Fiona became involved with Ballet for All which was then under the auspices of the Ballet company. Ballet for All has become Dance for All that now leads in the development of dance in the Western Cape. Over the past seven years her experience, skill and passion has led her to develop the Dance for All work in the Breede River Area - primarily Montagu, Zolani and Ashbury.

Over the years her work has bought about many opportunities for talented youngsters who now have careers in professional theatre. In July 2012, Fiona was named as a Paul Harris Fellow having her work recognized by The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International.

In 2015 Fiona and her husband Mitya, started their NPO, DANCESCAPE South Africa. The focus is on developing our youth, in disadvantaged rural communities, through dance.

Her incredible gift was to work with and develop young people so they may use the opportunities that DFA and Dancescape gave them to change their lives through dance. In 2011, two of the students. Aviwe and Mthuthuzeli November received bursaries to the Cape Academy of Performing Arts (CAPA) and they have both achieved greatness in their careers. Siphe November’s talent was nurtured to give him the privilege and opportunity of continuing his training at the Canadian National Ballet School. Lihle Mfeni was recently invited to the Bates Dance Festival in Southern Maine on a full scholarship.

Sadly, this amazing lady lost her battle with cancer on the 23rd September 2017, and we are certain she is dancing with the angels. She will always be in our hearts and prayers, and her legacy lives on within all of us.

Wesley LewisWesley Lewis

Wesley began his musical career as a chorister in various choirs, both at school and church. This sparked a love for music within him, which soon lead to the piano and later violin. After completing high school and taking lessons with Izobel Arzul and Charmian Rowe, he enrolled at the University of Cape Town for the Bachelors of Music Education degree. Whilst there, he undertook lessons in Conducting with Allan Stephenson and later Alexander Fokkens, and master classes in Conducting with Maestro Victor Yampolsky. His lessons with Allan Stephenson sparked an interest in Composition. To this end, he has composed mostly in the light classical idiom for orchestra and choral groups.

Wesley has mostly worked, however, as teacher and Orchestral Musician. He has served as the Concert Master of various Orchestras, including the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and the Cape Town Orchestra of the New Apostolic Church, Cape. He is also a member of the ad hoc Cape Town Pops Orchestra. As a teacher, he has taught Music Theory, Violin and Piano, putting many students through successful Board Examinations. He has worked as accompanist for many of these exams, both at External Board level, as well as official Matric Accompanist for the Western Cape Education Department. Wesley worked at the University of the Western Cape, where he was also a founder member of the University String Quartet, as well as Composer in Residence. He has, however, returned to his first love – teaching.

As a Conductor, he has performed with various orchestras, most notably the New Claremont Chamber Orchestra for which he is founder and Composer. In 2013 he placed second in the Len Van Zyl Conducting Competition for young South Africans, in which he conducted the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra to critical acclaim.

Lately, he has focused on Sacred Music, having taken on the role of Director of Music at the Church of the Good Shepherd (Anglican). He is the organist and choir master, and composes music for special occasions.

A notable engagement over the last two years has been his post as Musical Director of the Cape Welsh Choir, where he has undertaken several tours and concerts, most recently conducting the West Coast Youth Orchestra in a concert collaboration with the Cape Welsh Choir.

TonyaTonya Laure-Smith

Tonya is a mixed media artist and visual thinking skills facilitator. She operates under her studio name Legacy Studio’s. Her background is in fine arts (Pretoria Technikon) and design including fashion and accessories. Her passion is in the art world including music, film, and theatre.

Tonya is a past Chair of the RAD Board, and continues to support our Foundation. She was involved in the English language component of a pilot project at the Graham Beck Skills Centre and also formed part of the art adjudication process for the Montagu Youth Arts Festival for three years which is now managed by the RAD Foundation as MMADD.

Tonya believes strongly that the arts are the ideal vehicle to stimulate change, dialogue and development, as well as addressing social issues, particularly in the rural South African context where access is limited.

Our Sponsors & Supporters

2017 Events

Emile Minnie

Emile Minnie

Drum Corps

Drum Corps

Kultuurkis 2017

Langeberg Kultuurkis 2017

RAD 2017 Opera

Cape Town Opera with Zolani Choir 2017


Youth Day 2017

16 June 2017
Venue TBA, Montagu
Drumline & performing arts (details to come)

See the photos of our 2015 festive celebrations!

Video of the 2016 Youth Day celebrations - watch here!


22nd Montagu Youth Arts Festival (MMADD) 2017

2-12 August 2017


Adjudicated performing and visual arts platform in Music, Art, Photography, Dance, Drama and Literature. Download the 2017 Information Letter (.pdf 95kb)

Performances: NG Kerksaal/Church Hall, Piet Retief Street, Montagu
Art & Photography Exhibition: Montagu Museum Gallery, Kohler Street, Montagu.

Great performance venues, new trophies, illustrious adjudicators and more...
Join our Facebook group and download entry forms - Montagu Youth Arts FB group.

Enquiries : 082 886 8023 or email us.


Heita Hello! Heritage at the Montagu Makiti


RAD Foundation celebrates the Montagu Makiti Heritage Festival with the HEITA Hello! Heritage Carnival where we include the marching band, colour guards, mass choir, dancers and all our project youth, followed by performing arts and other Heritage Celebrations, including art exhibition, "Rights of Passage" story telling and traditional song and dance. UNITY in Artistic and Cultural Expression.

Video of 2015 RAD Memories - watch here!


Adopt An Artist

Our area is brimming with promising young talent, and RAD tries to help as many artists to attain their dreams as possible. Needs include further tuition fees for equipment (dance shoes, instruments, costumes), transport/entry fees to events and performance opportunities. Our vision is to assist as many artists to attain their dreams as possible. Meet some of our shining stars!


RAD Legends

The young drummers who show promise and dedication work on REAL instruments to perfect their performance and playing skills. They are coached by RAD Ambassador Sydwell Speelman (aka Appel).

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Zolani choir

Zolani Youth Choir

A group of amazing young singers conducted by a dedicated teacher, Mr Odwa Mvunge - a RAD Board member. These kids have the most amazing spirit, and, with the support of Mr Mvunge, have risen to great heights. They recently entered the MMADD Montagu Youth Arts Festival and were awarded the trophy for most outstanding contribution!

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We are constantly looking for support with transport costs to enable them to share their incredible talent at as many venues as possible. Our dream would be to get them some beautiful outfits and some drums for their performances.

Join our Facebook group.

Zolani choir
VCSV choir

VCSV Ashbury Choir

Facilitated by Antio Arendorf, and assisted by Cate Hardy, this group of Ashbury Primary School youth aged 7 - 15 are well on their way!

RAD Dancers

RAD Dancers

Our group of dedicated dancers, facilitated by 360 Dance Project and Lihle Mfeni, share their anti-drug message through dance, at every opportunity!

See more of our artists...

Ashbury Blikkies Band

Ashbury Blikkies Band

(RAD Legends in the making) - Dedicated youth aged 9-16 from Ashbury who were inspired after attending the RAD/AWOG Drumline workshops. They do not have instruments but are happy to use weggooigoed to make the music in the meantime! Any support to help us get REAL instruments will be most welcome.


Robertson Harmonic Youth Band

Making positive contributions in children's lives against all negative influences in Robertson and surroundings - using music as a platform. Under band leader and founder, Bazil Malgas, the band has grown to 20 children between 9 and 16 years old. Thirteen children are able to play actively in the band but, due to a lack of funds for instruments, seven kids are unable to play. Discipline and music theory are the most vital parts of our programme. Our shows are an hour long and they love to play for any function or audience. Please support them!


Robertson Community Brass Band

NPO, established on 23 May 2003 with the objective to train and develop the children, youth and adults of our community in playing musical instruments, and also to play a constructive role by keeping our children of the streets. The only income is donations from performances at funerals, weddings, sports days, church & community events, parades, carnivals etc. The band currently consists of 35 members (children, youth and adults).

For performances please contact: Mr Hennie Arendse (Secretary)
Tel: 023 626 8139    |    Cell: 072 7445 170
14 River street, Robertson, 6705


The Little San Boy book project

came about when author, Syndi Witte Holmes, met Helen Gooderson and Peter-James van den Berg of the RAD Foundation. The story in Syndi's words:

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"In 2014 I was in South Africa with my Leadership and Organisational Studies (LOS) study abroad class from the University of Southern Maine (USM) with our instructor, Dr. Tara Coste where we were participating in a youth leadership project that included young leaders from the Montagu area. It was there where I first met Helen Gooderson, who is the founder and director of the Rural Arts Development (RAD) Foundation and who is a partner in USM's long-term leadership project in Montagu.

Helen is a wellspring of life - she gives much more back to her community and to life than she ever has taken. Through her work at RAD, she is opening up a world of possibilities to the youth of the Montagu area by giving them opportunities to learn and perform in the arts. A great number of RAD's students are members in RAD's visual and performing arts projects, including the Marching Showband Project.

Others are becoming artists and I am very proud that the young man who is the illustrator for this book, Peter-James van den Berg, is an artist supported by the Rad Foundation's ADOPT AN ARTIST initiative! Peter-James will also participate in USM's 2016 Leadership project.

All proceeds from my children's book, The Little San Boy and his special white rock, will go to help fund RAD's programmes. I am thrilled beyond everything that the book is being published in South Africa as that is where it was born! All thanks go to RAD and Diana Bain for making this book possible!

Many of the children and youth who participate in RAD come from economically depressed townships and would otherwise have limited life experiences and opportunities. You can help change that paradigm not only for the children and youth of Montagu but in your own life, too. Give back to life!"

To ORDER this book, please email Helen Gooderson and FIND OUT MORE on Facebook.


Peter-James van den Berg - the illustrator

See even more of our artists...


Dancescape South Africa

is a non-profit organization (REF: 168-724 NP) that facilitates dance classes in underprivileged rural communities, and they are currently involved in Zolani and Ashbury townships near Montagu in the Western Cape.

They provide children with opportunities to perform, and combine the discipline of dance with the dedication of live performance providing invaluable life skills and experience which encourages talented young dancers to pursue a career in dance and the performing arts.

Dancescape South Africa


First Step Ballet (McGregor)

Established by Mary Corpe, a dancer and performer with 30 years of experience, this dance company in the Langeberg aims to give young dancers performance experience while raising funds for them to study professionally once they have matriculated.

Contact Mary Corpe (Dance Director) at email  |  Tel: 023 625 1574  |  Cell: 071 555 7714


Tutu & Aviwe November

A success story! RAD's Adopt An Artist programme facilitated the rise of these two young stars from Zolani township outside Ashton. Discovered and trained by Fiona Sargeant, their talent earned them a scholarship to study at Cape Academy of Performing Arts, and from there to a ballet academy in Canada.

Marching Showband Outreach (Drumline)

The launch of the DRUMLINE OUTREACH PROJECT in 2012 with the Ashwin Willemse Orient Group has enabled us to build local groups under one foundation banner to enable them to:

  • Be INSPIRED by workshops and training with accomplished facilitators and established bands such as Western Cape Marching Show Band, accomplished tutors and visiting artists.
  • ENGAGE in workshops, competitions and parades.
  • Participate in opportunities to EDUCATE them which include: weekly tuition in music theory, instrument practical, marching/formation and "Train the Trainers" workshops.

The outcome of this project is that we envision there would be opportunity for future employment within the Marching Show Bands community - such as employment in the military, facilitation of marching show band groups, project and events co-ordination, sound engineering, costume design and manufacture.

Orient Group and Thailand World Music Championship endorsement (.jpg 111kb).

Visit our DIARY for updates on FB.

RAD band

RAD (Rent & Donate) Costume Hire

Our wardrobe is expanding and we have costumes for all ages and sizes to rent. If you have any costumes you would like to donate to our wardrobe, please contact Helen Gooderson on 082 886 8023. Costumes can also be dropped off in Cape Town at: Toy + Baby Market | Shop G20 Parow Centre (cnr Voortrekker and De La Rey Road), Parow | Tel: 021- 9112426.