Classrooms crusade: Soapie actors campaign against drugs and drink

2013-02-20 00:00

ACTORS Ntokozo Msibi and Sifiso Sibiya are visiting schools around the country as their way of giving back to the community.

This is part of their campaign, “Mara Why”, in which they perform mini-dramas that encourage pupils to stay away from drugs and alcohol.

Yesterday they visited Siqongweni Secondary School in Imbali.

Seated in a hall near the school, excited pupils listened and watched attentively while others took pictures and videos with their cellphones.

“We thought it would be a good idea to visit schools and not only educate them, but also entertain at the same time,” said Msibi, who plays Vuvu on the popular SABC1 drama Zone 14.

He believes many pupils lose focus as a result of drugs and alcohol.

“We need social workers and community members to help us. They must talk to these kids,” said Msibi, who rose to fame playing Chester on the controversial drama series Yizo Yizo.

The pair have been all over Gauteng, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, and this was their first visit to a school in Pietermaritzburg.

They believe that they are making a difference and plan to visit more schools.

“I am very happy to be doing something like this and I feel blessed.

“I will be happy even if it makes a difference in one child’s life,” said Sibiya, who plays General in the local movie Mrembula.

He said they realised that a lot of children wanted to become actors, and it was important to give them basic acting guidelines and share some of the challenges they faced in the profession.

A delighted pupil, Khanyisile Duma, said he appreciated the actors’ visit.

“I am very happy. They are teaching us about drugs and alcohol. It is very important,” said the Grade 11 pupil.

He said his highlight was talking to the actors.

“I wish I could become like them one day,” he added.

• Siyathemba.Ben@media24.com

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