Cape Town is South Africa's most beautiful, most romantic and most visited city. Indeed, few urban centres anywhere can match its setting along the Cape Peninsula spine, which slides like the might tail of the continent into the Atlantic Ocean. By far the most striking and famous of its sights is Table Mountain, rearing up from the middle of the city to provide a vista to the suburbs below. Standing on the table top you can look north for a giddy view of the city centre, its docks filled with match box ships. Turning south, beyond the leafy middle-class suburbs of Newlands and Constantia, lies the warmer but more distant False Bay seaboard, which curves around before fading off to Cape Point.
Sadly, when most travellers expound the unarguable delights of Cape Town, they are referring only to genteel Cape Town the formerly whites-only areas. The harsh reality for most Capetonians is one of crowded shanty towns, sky high murder rates, taxi wars, racketeering and gangland terror.
Many children living in these areas are drawn into activities of crime and violence not by choice, but by circumstances. It is therefore that the Kolping Family of Kleinvlei (a suburb north of Cape Town) embarked on a music programme which entails teaching youngsters to play the recorder. The programme will offer youngsters viable alternatives. Through developing an interest in music, it becomes possible to change the direction that many unfortunate children's lives take. The music programme is one of very few options children have and we hope to offer more services through our music programme