Yongama
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Wednesday 28th March 2012, Table Mountain, Cape Town.
Table Mountain is 1100m above sea level and the Platteklip Gorge trail starts at around 400m. My friend K and I liked to drive to the start of the trail and hike the rest up to the summit, huffing and puffing all the way, but making sure to take in the sensational views. We'd then polish off a big breakfast and a strong coffee before trotting back down. We'd always try to beat our previous time, but – despite great determination – we'd never succeed. Not really sure what was going on there.
One particular morning we heard the beautiful chime of a xylophone singing down through the gorge, echoing off the walls and filling the air. It was magical, the perfect soundtrack to the stunning beauty of that trail. And when we discovered it's source we were greeted by an equally magical smile. Yongama is from Kayaletcha, a Cape Town township and he's an absolute demon on the xylophone. We were joined by a bunch of German tourists and he sang them a song, 'No Condom, No Sex', to the tune of 'No Woman, No Cry'. They were in hysterics, but Yongama was aware of his song's poignant message.
The tourists continued up the mountain and I asked Yongama to take part in Wearelucky. He beamed and told me that it would help make his dream come true.....because that dream was to be circumcised; something he simply couldn't afford. In Yongama's tribe, a male cannot be considered a man until he's been circumcised. The money would allow Yongama to become a man in the eyes of his community, find a wife and earn respect. At that moment, I couldn't think of a better cause and it felt incredible to be able to help in such a profound way.
I have been asked many times about this project and whether it present the 'best' way to share money. I think this a beautiful example of how Wearelucky can make magic happen.
Questions & Answers
1. What were your first thoughts and feelings when propositioned with Wearelucky?
To be honest I didn't believe it until a sum of ZAR 10,000 was given to me.
2. What were the reasons behind your decision to spend the money on your circumsicion?
Being a Xhosa boy, it's a must thing to do or else nothing you do will be a success. It means I can now be someone. I can be a man and respected in society.
3. What does good mean to you?
Good means to do right, not only for yourself but also to others in need.

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