Our students

These are some of the achievements of our post school students and what they are achieving and exploring in the world. These are students that started with the Academy in 2006 and have since matriculated.

Aviwe Nkani:

Aviwe returned to the Academy as a student teacher. He is a huge asset to the Academy and a leader of our student teacher programme, which has provided an income for 9 of our current and past students during 2018. He is now our Assistant Manager.

Asive Mali:

Asive achieved a Diploma pass from St Charles High School in Hamburg in 2017 and is commenced her Diploma in Marketing at Walter Sisulu University in 2018.

Qhama Nongce:

Qhama passed his matric in 2019. He is now obtaining his Degree at University of Fort Hare. He is also our intern.

Lwandile Ncolomba:

Passed matric in 2017, and is upgrading his marks for his National Senior Certificate at St Charles in 2018. He is teaching part time at the Academy as well.

Mkhululi Peter:

Mkhululi passed matric in 2017. He did N2 of Electrical engineering and is now our intern.

Simamkele Maxontana:

Sima passed her matric in 2014, obtained her Diploma in IT(Business Analysis) at Walter Sisulu University. She is now our intern.

Yoliswa Gusha:

Yoliswa achieved a Bachelor Pass for her matric at Victoria Girls High in Grahamstown in 2017 and commenced her BA in sports management at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth in 2018. She has changed her course, is to commence her second year in Bachelor in Music in 2019 at Rhodes University.

Wonke Mapuma:

Wonke also achieved a Bachelor Pass from St Charles in Hamburg in 2017 and went on to commence a BSc in Agriculture majoring in Crop Science at the University of Fort Hare in 2018. Wonke is also teaching music part time at the Incopho Development Project in Cathcart over the weekends to raise funds for his studies.

Lihle Mtshonisi:

Lihle passed his Honours in Accounting at the University of Fort Hare in 2017 and in February 2018 started with his articles at a company in Port Elizabeth. Lihle was not well over Christmas 2017 and we were concerned about his health, but he has made great strides and is now well on his way to full health and strength again. He is doing really well in his articles and has managed to pass his first board exam.

He is a wonderful role model to our students and still plays with the Academy at events and concerts when his career allows.

Lihle is the first of his family to obtain a professional degree and all at the Academy and in the village of Hamburg are very proud of his achievements.

Nqophisa Mtshonisi:

Nqophisa finished her Bachelors in Maths and Physics at the University of Fort Hare and completed her honours in Physics there in 2018. She has applied and been accepted to do her Masters in Physics at The University of Pretoria.

Lukhanyiso Cuka:

After matriculating in 2016 with a Bachelors’ pass, Khanyi started her first year BA in pursuit of a Politics degree at the University of the Western Cape in 2017 and took a gap year in 2019 and worked with The Keiskamma Trust doing Digital Marketing, she’s been accepted to study Marketing at CPUT for the year 2020.

Zimkhitha Nompunga:

Zimkhitha completed her Level 2 Electrical Engineering at Lovedale College in King Williams town in 2017 and has moved to John Knox Bhokhwe College in East London to complete her Electrical Engineering Level 3. She is currently our intern

Olwethu Solwandle:

Olwethu went to Lovedale TVET college to do civil engineering in King Williams Town in 2017.

Nokuthula Makubalo:

Nokuthula is in her second year Civil Engineering Level 3 at Lovedale TVET College. Nokuthula is now teaching at the Ncopho Music Academy in Cathcart.

Thabo Ngoxo:

Thabo was to commence his second year BA in Music, Anthropology and Psychology at Rhodes in 2017, but is interrupting his studies for a year and going to Germany via AFS with the German developing program “Weltwärts”. He passed his first year well in 2017, but due to an unfortunate mistake by NSFAS his funding for 2018 was compromised and so he chose to take this gap year. He is continuing with his studies in the year 2019.

Thabiso Ngoxo:

Thabiso, who also passed his first year BA in Music, Anthropology and Psychology at Rhodes in 2017, is continuing with his second year in 2018. Thabiso is also teaching music part time at the Ncopho Development Project in Cathcart. He is an excellent violinist and well respected as a musician by his peers and students.

Sambesiwe Mavela:

Sambe passed his Grade 7 flute exam and received a bachelor matric pass in 2018 at St Charles Sajola High School, Hamburg and is now pursuing a BSc Degree majoring in Human Kinetics and Ergonomics and Psychology at Rhodes University.

Asonwabile Nompunga:

Aso passed his Grade 7 alto recorder exam and received a diploma pass for matric at St Charles in Hamburg 2018, has commenced his Diploma in Civil Engineering in PE College in 2019.

Our five 2019 matrics are Thandikhaya Matiti, Sinovuyo Maswana, Tholakele Maphikela, Akhona Klaas, Sinazo Mvabaza.

All these students spent a great deal of time at the Academy completing their applications and organising accommodation, transport and all the necessary to achieve what they have. There is no doubt that their association with the Academy has spurred them on to dream of different futures. They inspire each other on to achieve more than they would have alone, and the discipline and perseverance they have learned through their music education does and always will stand them in good stead as they move into their chosen worlds. We are extremely proud of them all.

The Keiskamma Music Academy orchestra performing at the National Arts’ Festivakl in Grahamstown.