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CAMAGU: LEAVING A
LASTING FOOTPRINT

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SPW Contributors

Sanlam Private Wealth

Master ceramicist Andile Dyalvane starts every project with a line. This simple line represents gratitude, or ‘camagu’ in isiXhosa, and reminds him of the responsibility we all have to leave a footprint for those who come after us. At Sanlam Private Wealth, we share Andile’s ethos of making a meaningful contribution to the wellbeing of future generations. It’s for this reason that we’ve joined forces with him in an initiative to help his former school in his home village in the Eastern Cape, Ngobozana Primary School, which is in dire need of infrastructure and educational equipment.

Sanlam Private Wealth has for some time now been collaborating with renowned ceramicist Andile Dyalvane as part of a broader strategy to showcase our distinct approach to wealth creation and preservation. In a similar fashion to how artists create one-of-a-kind pieces with careful planning, deliberation and inspiration, Sanlam Private Wealth approaches clients as individuals with unique needs that require customised solutions.

Andile is a well-travelled designer and internationally renowned artist with residencies in Denmark, France, the US and Taiwan. He has also exhibited his work with great success in London and New York. Locally, he is a co-founder of Imiso Ceramics.

ETHOS OF CAMAGU

For Andile, it’s not only about crafting beautiful works of art, about making something of meaning and lasting value that persists into the future, however. It’s also about gratitude, or camagu, the ethos that has driven his desire to pay it forward to the next generation – by assisting the village primary school where, for him, it all began.

‘I wish to honour my heritage and give something back to the community I come from, where, as a small child in Ngobozana, I was moulding clay oxen along the riverbanks with my friends,’ he says.

To kickstart this initiative, Sanlam Private Wealth, in partnership with Strauss & Co, recently presented an online auction of five of Andile’s ceramic artworks. Strauss & Co waived all fees for the auction, and a total of R149 500 was raised to benefit the school.

‘We were delighted that we could not only showcase Andile’s work in the vital medium of ceramics, but also for the opportunity to assist him in giving a hand up to the people of his home village,’ says Frank Kilbourn, Chairperson of Strauss & Co.

You can watch a webinar here in which Andile tells his story and talks about the five pieces that were on auction.

OPPORTUNITY TO CONTRIBUTE

As we approach the season of giving, we’d like to invite you to help us make a meaningful difference to the lives of the children of Ngobozana Primary School, which is lacking even the most basic educational equipment and school infrastructure.

‘At Sanlam Private Wealth, we take our responsibility towards those who come after us very seriously. We apply our expertise to craft custom-built portfolios to meet our clients’ requirements – not only now, but also for the next generation. As a business, we are also committed to helping to improve the lives of all communities – please join us on our journey to ensure that future generations can live with confidence,’ says Carl Roothman, CEO of Sanlam Private Wealth.

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You can contribute by making a donation to Sanlam Private Wealth’s Bakusasa Trust that has partnered with Andile to raise money for the school. The Trust is a registered Public Benefit Organisation set up by our Fiduciary and Tax team, which will manage all donations. Any monies paid are tax deductible and you will receive a Section 18A certificate.

Scan the code to donate using your Absa, Nedbank or Capitec app, or download the Zappar app – your contribution will go a long way towards creating a better future for generations to come.

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Greg Stothart has spent 13 years in Investment Management.

Greg Stothart

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