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Our Billy Elliot, the WC Lead SA Youth Hero for March



"He has been labelled the Billy Elliot of the Cape Flats, a 10-year-old from Hanover Park who has a passion for ballet that transcends his sometimes shy exterior".

Lead SA Youth Hero, Faahkir Bestman, was introduced to the Mother City when an article appeared in the Cape Argus on 13 March 2014.

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10-year-old Faahkir from Hanover Park started dancing when he was "two and a half years old" - as he puts it.

"A woman started a youth group and named it 'Halman's Walk Youth Development'," said little Faahkir.

"Aunty Marchella" started the group, with the vision of inspiring and motivating children on the Cape Flats.

"Then one day, one of the Committee members training the Tiny Tots - Aunty Muneefa Kalam - saw me standing outside her gate and she asked me if I wanted to dance so I said yes," Faahkir explained.

That was when the doors of the Joseph Stone Auditorium in Athlone - and to realising his dreams - were opened.

Faahkir danced with the Youth Development group for six years  before joining the Eoan Group, where he has been a member for just over a year and is the only boy.

When asked what drives him - a young boy from one of the most volatile areas on the Cape Flats, often teased by his peers for dancing - Faahkir answers with great pride:

"My little sister Akeeda".

Faahkir loves to dance for and entertain his 5-year-old sister who is paralysed.

"He will dance for her and you can see how happy she is. She even clenches her feet to mirror his movements," said an extremely proud and loving grandmother, Aysha Bestman .

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Faahkir has been raised by his grandmother, who has been the main caregiver for him and his four siblings.

"I want to make my Grandma and mother proud," he said.

Faahkir, not only have you already achieved that but your city too beams with pride.

We salute you for choosing - at such a young age - a path that will keep you healthy, happy, and out of trouble.

You have done what many cannot and we are proud to call you a Lead SA Hero.

Dance for as long as you love it and we can't wait to see your name in bright lights!


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