Youth locked out of talent search

2010-06-30 00:00

YOUNG people from Pietermaritzburg and its surrounding areas were left disappointed on Monday and yesterday as they were turned away from the Winston Churchill Theatre, where they were hoping to take part in a youth empowerment holiday programme and talent search.

The programme, which has been running daily since June 14 from 10 am to 3 pm, aims to empower the youth of the city during the World Cup.

However, on Monday morning nobody was sent from the Msunduzi Municipality to open the hall for the day’s activities and the planned events for the day had to be cancelled.

Those hoping to perform, including a group of traditional dancers from Elandskop, were told that they would not be able to perform and that they should return home.

“It was extremely sad to turn people away,” said Brian Shoarane, Morefire Talent Search Production CEO and programme organiser.

“Some of these young people travelled from far and do not have the financial means to come back and perform on another day.”

Things went from bad to worse yesterday morning when it appeared that Monday’s disappointments were going to be repeated.

By 10 am yesterday, the same thing had happened and nobody had come to open up the hall for those who were waiting to engage with the programme.

“We phoned the Msunduzi Municipality and kept getting transferred from person to person, without anybody actually helping us,” said Shoarane.

“It was completely unprofessional. This is not the type of service you expect from the people who are supposed to be there to help you.”

Many of those who were waiting to start the day’s activities and demonstrate their talents had left by the time the key arrived and the hall was opened at about 1 pm.

Shoarane and his team of organisers have been told that the problem has been rectified, and that it will not happen again.

The holiday programme will continue running at the Winston Churchill Theatre until July 9.

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