It's curtains for SA circus school, unless you help
Cape Town - The South African National Circus needs your help and its not clowning around.
The school is about to lose the premises it's been using for the past 10 years because the City of Cape Town has other plans for the land.
Dimitri Slaverse, the founder, wrote to Change.org to plead for public support to keep the arts school alive. An online petition has been created for supporters to sign.
He wrote: "The shock came when [the] Sports and Recreation [department] asked us to pack up for no reason understandable to us. We have nowhere to go, and being a non-profit organisation [we have] no funds to move our equipment that took almost 10 years to build up."
So far only 250 people have signed the petition.
According to the Cape Argus, the City of Cape Town says the school must vacate the property by the end of July. The newspaper quoted officials as saying they had other plans for the site and could cancel a lease at any time.
According to Mr. Slaverse, his school trains performers and artists. "[It is] a place for creative freedom, a safe haven away from the realities of a hard life, a glimmer of hope and a dream of a beautiful future."
He said he spent 10 years building up the South African National Circus school and had "many wonderful plans for the future [and] for all the performers that make use of our tent for training."
To sign the petition or to read more on it, go here: https://www.change.org/p/city-of-cape-town-sport-and-recreation-save-the-south-african-national-circus
Watch a slide show on the performances the South African National Circus has done in the past, in the video below.