All help for Thomas Kubayi’s medical aid appreciated

All help for Thomas Kubayi’s medical aid appreciated

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Several Limpopo lodges, friends, co artists and members of the Ribola Art Route are cooperating to raise funds for medical treatment for Limpopo woodcarver, artist and musician, Thomas Kubayi, who is in dire need of specialist medical care. Funding in SA is managed by John Rosmarin of Leshiba Wilderness and can be made to the following bank account: Investec Bank,  Account Name: J R Rosmarin,  Account Type: Cheque,  Account Number:10011338472,   Branch Code : 580 105,  SWIFT CODE: IVESZAJJXXX ,  REFERENCE: THOMAS KUBAYI.

For those who live in Europe and the Netherlands

Donations can be made to Madi a Thavha mountain lodge’s owner, Marcelle Bosch’s account in the Netherlands, which will then save the costs of an international transfer, at : MMP Bosch   NL29  INGB0002 764483  Amersfoort   REFERENCE: THOMAS KUBAYI.

In bed and pain for the past six months

Thomas has been bedridden at his home in Tshivhuyuni for the past 6 months. Without a medical aid, he has been in and out of local Elim hospital  without being diagnosed or getting better at all.  The Rosmarin family of Leshiba Wilderness recently brought Thomas to Dr Casper Venter in Louis Trichardt who referred him to Dr Joe Teeger in Joburg for further tests, diagnoses and treatment.

Thomas is in a lot of pain, the group helped transfer him with ambulance from Elim hospital to Milpark hospital in Johannesburg and now we raise funds to try to get to an accurate diagnosis and treatment. He has been admitted to Milpark Hospital 29 May and has undergone several tests to be continued over the next few days with possible treatment to follow.

A preliminary estimate of cost is R75 000 for the hospital and tests, not including further treatment.

Thomas, treasured friend and community leader of the Ribola art route in Limpopo

Most who have met the 45-year-old Thomas knows him as a passionate, key person in the Ribola art route of northern Limpopo, a much-loved community leader and master crafter of Limpopo. From woodcarving workshops with international artists and students, to his African jazz band playing for guests and his unique style in wood sculpting, Thomas is an incredible artist and South African talent, always ready to welcome all with a smile and his warm personality.  Thomas built his own rural gallery and studio and has played a central role in shaping many of the emerging young artists and musicians on the Ribola Art Route.

We are appealing to whoever receives this memo to assist. Even the smallest amount will help. Thank you, it is much appreciated by all Thomas’ friends, family and students in Limpopo.

5 Responses

  1. Eugen Schütz says:

    Dear Thomas,
    long time ago we met us at your atelier wiht Erika, stefan and my wife Marion, last year in may. I’m so sorry, but many things was happend after our trip and up from the end of 2016. Now, life is going on well again. So I just want sent some warm greetings to you and all the others, from the region of Stuttgart, the south of germany, you know.
    It was a great time for us meeting all of my Limpopo-Artistkollegs.
    Wthat is happend with your new house at the atelier?
    And is now life going better after the great exibition at Madi a Thava last year? It was incredible for Marion and me, thank you very much.
    Are you working forward and with your pupils, too.
    Maybe, one time we will met us again, in Limpopo or germany. I work on it forward.
    All the best und kind regards from Eugen/germany

    • Elthea Schlesinger says:

      Hello Eugen

      Thomas is still in hospital in Johannesburg, as you saw on this article you responded to we are all quite worried about him and hope he will recover and be back home soon.
      We will convey your message to him, thank you so much for your message!

      With warm regards from Limpopo


  2. Catherine and Michael and Nicolas says:

    from Geneva
    Dear Thomas, we are thinking about you and sending you positive thoughts and our best wishes for a speedy recovery.Please get well soon!
    lots of love from all of us in Geneva

    • Elthea Schlesinger says:

      Hello Catherine and Michael and Nicolas

      Thank you for your positive thoughts for Thomas.
      We will convey to him.
      He is still in hospital in Joburg.

      All the best!
      From all at Madi a Thavha and Thomas’ friends in Limpopo

  3. Angela Schäfers says:

    Dear Thomas
    After I had first visited you with Aart from Madi a Thavha in 2011 it was always a MUST for me to visit you when coming to your area, taking my friends to your house to get to know your work. You have impressed me with your friendliness, your drumming, your smiles, your sculptures (I have already four which add some of this atmosphere to my house but still need more ;)). I am so glad to hear that you are recovering as not being able to see you this April was so sad!
    Get better soon! Go back to your community and continue with your wonderful work.

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