The Standard Bank Joy of Jazz' Jazz Cares is a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative which started in 2010, to activate a community outreach project that gives various sections of the community an opportunity they ordinarily wouldn’t have to experience elements of the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz.
The beneficiaries visited previously include homes for the aged, children’s homes, and special needs homes with the aim to renovate and entertain. Giving of their time by musicians, on that one day is generally what makes this initiative distinctive and heartwarming.
Ezibeleni School for physically challenged learners is based in Katlehong with 208 registered learners. About 77 of the learners live at the school’s hostel while some are day scholars. The school is from grade R to grade 9. They'll be visited today by members of Jazz Cares and artists Nelisiwe Sibiya, Sobantwana, Sipho Hotstix Mabuse and RJ Benjamin (all billed to perform at the 22<sup>nd</sup> Standard Bank Joy of Jazz) to spread love, share music and have fun, while bearing gifts.
When we heard of Ezibeleni, we felt the need to do something and support the school. This is not a once-off, we are committed to sustaining our involvement with this school and hope to impact the learners the best way we can.— Mantwa Chinoamadi, Festival Producer and T Musicman’s General Manager
These learners are from an impoverished backgrounds, and as a result, only a few parents are able to pay the school fees. The school caters for learners with disabilities such as Osteo genosis imperfecta (those with brittle bones), Muscular dyxtorosophy (can hardly push their own wheelchairs), Phocomelia (no limbs) and Epileptic learners.
Joy of Jazz is nothing without the people that relentlessly support it, therefore we take it upon ourselves to give back to our communities. We believe in the spirit of giving and making a difference where we can.— Mantwa Chinoamadi, Festival Producer and T Musicman’s General Manager