Lefika La Phodiso Awarded Prestigious Basa Award for Development Work

Lefika La Phodiso Community Art Counselling and Training Institute was awarded the Development Award at the ceremony for the 22nd Annual Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards, partnered by Hollard. The award ceremony was held at Beechwood Gardens in Hyde Park on Sunday 13 October. The award, which recognises projects with an implicit educational and development element, was shared with their funding partner, Rand Merchant Bank, a Division of FirstRand Bank Ltd for the Train-the-Trainer programme.

What the BASA Award means to Lefika

“Receiving an award is an honour and motivation to continue providing quality, ethical service by providing safe, creative spaces in communities,” Phumzile Rakosa, Executive Director of Lefika La Phodiso said. “We are motivated continue to create spaces that increase access to mental health services through art.”

Drama Therapist and Training Coordinator, Rozanne Myburgh, said that the BASA award reinforces her belief in the value that arts can bring to mental health services in communities. “I am grateful that our work is recognised and looking forward to implementing in more communities”.

The Lefika La Phodiso Train-the-Trainer programme enables their Community Art Counselling Training programme to reach more people nationally. Their centre is based in Braamfontein where they have an after-school programme where children from the inner-city can access art, drama, dance and music sessions facilitated by trained Community Art Counsellors and Arts Therapists.

For media enquiries contact Rozanne Myburgh, 082 853 4918 or rozannemyburgh@gmail.com

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