Visitors and shoppers who attended the first community market at Hotel Glencairn last month have been raving about the bread and other baked items of Clarence Msowoyo from the Chasmay Road Campus near Masiphumelele.
Chasmay Road Campus is managed by Masicorp, an NGO, focusing full time on education at every level in the township.
Chasmay Road Campus spokesperson and volunteer, Carol Hanks, says compliments have been flooding in since Clarence’s bread products hit Far South markets.
“His bakery is on the campus and is one of many other projects that you can experience by paying a visit. At the markets we regularly hear people ask: Who is Clarence and where is his bakery? Well, you’ll find it on the campus. Chasmy Road leads off Kommetjie Road, sandwiched between the entrance to Masiphumelele and Harry Goemans’ Garden Centre. Drive down this road and you will find the campus, first turn on the left. Go through the gate and you will find a plethora of activities including Clarence’s bakery,” she says.
This campus has an interesting history. Back in 1999 it was the False Bay College Campus. When False Bay College moved to Muizenberg the campus with its many buildings was taken over by Living Hope. Living Hope then moved permanently to their current site and the tenants fell under the auspices of the City of Cape Town.
“The City approached Masicorp to take over the administration of the campus, signing a formal lease agreement at the beginning of 2018. Currently every building on site is filled and the campus is a hub of activity, at the centre of which is Masicorp’s headquarters,” she says.
Next year Masicorp will celebrate its 20th anniversary. The team is working in the Masiphumelele township in the field of education, from early childhood development (ECD) through to primary school, high school, bursary and life skills projects.
“Masicorp has a proud history of working with the community of this vibrant township, having built the award-winning community library back in 2003.
“On any one day, particularly in the afternoon, you will find the campus abuzz with activities involving young and old from Masi. From the Ubuntu soccer and Songezo cycling academies through to the Chasmay Road ECD Centre. Along the way you can smell Clarence’s bread products, visit Zizamele Ceramics, Justice Dolls, the Sewing Café and Evangeline Life Skills Project. AWOL Tours operates out of the campus as does the Harlequin Foundation, Ikamva Labantu, Surfpop, Enkosi Crafts and Ithemba Woods.
“You will often hear the dulcet sounds of the Palm Stringlets, a group of young violinists from the two Masi schools under the tuition of Titia Blake. The latest tenant to join us is the Rainbow Dreams Trust, an after-school programme for high school learners, providing life skills tuition as well as arts and crafts,” Hanks says.
Delia Eagleston is in charge of the administration of Masicorp.