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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 18a Certificate (.pdf 407kb)
RAD Foundation Mission Statement (.pdf 322kb)
RAD Foundation B-BBEEE Certificate (.pdf 824kb)
RAD Foundation Financial Statements 2018 (.pdf 208kb)

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

RAD Ambassadors

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


Ashbury Youth

Our Board

Theo Joubert

Theo Joubert (Chairman)

Theo has been promoting the arts, cultural heritage and youth upliftment in Montagu since 1995. He was involved in Montagu Youth Art (the forerunner of RAD) from 1999. He is an artist himself, interested in pottery-stained glass-traditional icon painting, and set up the art-framers, Reflections of Montagu, which he owned for 12 years.

Theo is a strong supporter of the Montagu Museum and is a life member of the Friends of the Montagu Museum. He assisted in the republication of the book, The Landscape and Architecture of Montagu 1850-1915, and he is the Chairman of the MCPP, a project for the preservation of Montagu's cemeteries.

His strengths are mentoring staff, fostering creativity and self-motivation, the implementing of processes, procedures systems and internal controls to strengthen operations.

Theo is a qualified fitter and machinist. He worked for Safmarine as an officer-engineering, on the ship Lankus. He joined Eskom as project planner, working on the hydro-power stations and then Koeberg nuclear power station project. He retired after thirty years' of service as the Financial Group Services Manager. He is a successful businessman, having owned Homewood Guest Farm in Haenertsburg, for three years, after which he relocated to Montagu in 1995.


Katherine Porter (Secretary)

Katherine is a Life Coach and education specialist. Coaching affords her the opportunity to work with people across all sectors of society and providing a learning opportunity. Katherine believes that we learn when we are stimulated and supported, feel seen and heard, and have the space to explore preconceived boundaries. She is passionate about community building and social justice, and believes that meditation could save the world!

Katherine spent 10 years working in high school classrooms both in South Africa and the UK. She has a degree in Adult Education and Lifelong Learning. She has been extensively involved in community-building including working for the President's Award for Youth Empowerment.


Janet 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.


Odwa 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"


Natalia 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.


Veronica 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


Helen 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, Mark and Antio

Sydwell (aka Appel), Mark 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


Zanele 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 patron!

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."


Godfrey 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.


Fahruq 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.

Wesley Lewis

Wesley 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.

Richard Weilers

Richard Weilers

Richard owns the restaurant BluVines in Montagu, and employs some of the talented RAD youth. The staff receive 6% of the revenue in addition to their salaries, and RAD receives 4% that goes to the BluVines Vision Fund for the upliftment of rural youth and nurturing their artistic talents. The staff also perform during their shifts and delight diners with their musical mastery.

Before retiring to Montagu, Richard worked in the hospitality trade for 50 years, giving him ample expertise to run his own restaurant and use it as a vehicle for showcasing our local talent and helping them to achieve their goals and empower their communities.

See our Facebook album of all the ways this fund is helping!

Fiona du Plooy

Fiona 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.


Danelle 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".


Allison 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.


Jennifer 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.

Francois Tredoux

Francois Tredoux
Francois is a native Montugian, born and bred. He survived school in Paarl, going on to study English Literature at Stellenbosch University. He has lectured in various fields including writing skills, graphic software and media studies, and worked as a multimedia designer. He has been busy!

He has returned to Montagu, and is making a positive contribution to the community, while trying to figure out how to be less busy!


Fiona 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.


Tonya 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

Funded by the National Lotteries Commission

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2019 Events

Langeberg Kultuurkis

Langeberg Kultuurkis 2019

15 June 2019 (Youth Day)


Venue: Robertson Town Hall, Robertson
Drumline & performing arts (details to come)

See the photos of our 2015 festive celebrations!

Video of the 2016 Youth Day celebrations - watch here!


24th Montagu Youth Arts Festival (MMADD) 2019

14-24 August 2019


Adjudicated performing and visual arts platform in Music, Art, Photography, Dance, Drama and Literature.

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.


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