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The Saartjie Baartman Centre turns 10 years old

2009 was an important year in the history of the Saartjie Baartman Centre, as we celebrated our 10th anniversary – 10 years of challenges, amazing growth and wonderful rewards.

“The 10 year existence of the Centre has been a story of courage, tenacity and the unrelenting conviction in our right to live free of abuse, to have choices and to create opportunities for ourselves,” said Synnøv Skorge, director of the SBC.

The SBC has grown tremendously over the 10 years: starting with one project – the shelter – and two onsite partners. By the end of 2009 SBC managed nine projects including two shelters and had nine on-site partner organisations. A reflection on the past 10 years can be read in the 2009 Annual Report.

To mark the 10-year anniversary celebration, the SBC hosted a black-tie event on 14 November 2009 at the BMW Auto Atlantic Foreshore Showroom.

Staff, shelter residents, partners and other honoured guests enjoyed an evening of good food and foot-tapping music – indeed, people didn’t stay seated for too long, royally entertained by the likes of Irit Noble and her divaliscious ladies, Peanut Butter Jazz and Coda.

The SBC would like to thank all the sponsors who contributed to the wonderful event – Auto Atlantic BMW Foreshore, the Foschini Group, Caledon Water, Anura Wines, Pick ‘n Pay, African Digital Printing, Regal Rentals, Lindt Chocolate, Customer Care Solutions and Samantha Pegg Photography.