2001• Community Service Award
attitude was evidenced even as a child: Thea began her music career
very early and gained repute as both a concert pianist with the South
Orchestra and then as a musical collaborator with many theatrical directors.
Thea worked with Bertha Egnos, Taubie Kushlik and Faith De Villiers on many of
their musical productions and gained experience in theatrical presentations.
Thea Abramson’s activities extended far beyond the worlds of music and dance. As an activist for human rights she became active in the TEACH program.
This program was established to build schools in the townships of South Africa and the government of the day matched rand for rand monies raised by the private sector. Thea was instrumental in organizing, producing and participating in numerous benefit concerts, raising thousands of rands for this program.
powers and engaging personality ensured the participation on a volunteer
of many of South Africa’s leading performers.
the beginning of 1999 Thea was elected chairperson of the association
and under her leadership, it has flourished and grown to approximately
400 members. SAJAC Seniors is a social club that holds monthly functions
with guest speakers, entertainment and refreshments. During
the summer, Thea arranges outings and trips to various locations
for the members. All new immigrants are welcomed into SAJAC and assisted