Ikhwezi wins in dramatic style

2016-05-26 06:00
Ntombekhaya Mayeye, the school principal of Ikhwezilesizwe Primary School, Ayabonga Yantolo, learner, Zandile Dywili, learner and Lukhanyo Langa, the producer, at the school, in Khayelitsha.

Ntombekhaya Mayeye, the school principal of Ikhwezilesizwe Primary School, Ayabonga Yantolo, learner, Zandile Dywili, learner and Lukhanyo Langa, the producer, at the school, in Khayelitsha.

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Ikhwezilesizwe Primary School hauled most of the awards during a drama competition which was held in Belgville last Wednesday.

The school from Khayelitsha participated in the Buya School Theatre Festival which attracted about 50 competitors, including high schools and community groups from different walks of life.

They walked away with the Overall Champions Award. Lukhanyo Langa, the producer won the Best Director Award.

The school also won the Best Script Award.

While Zandile Dywili, Grade 6 learner, won the Best Actress Award.

Ayabonga Yantolo, also a Grade 6 learner, won the Best Actor Award.

Their drama was titled “Social Injustices.” Langa, who wrote and directed the play, said it was about social challenges that people are faced with in the township on daily basis.

“It takes us on a journey of discovery for the challenges people live and deal with in the community. It is current and powerful, because we address and talk about the way we live in a democracy. We are now expecting to participate in bigger competitions,” Langa said.

There are 20 learners who are part of the drama at the school.

The school started drama classes in 2014 as part of Mass Participation Development and Growth Programme (MOD).

Ntombekhaya Mayeye, the school principal, said the school has increased the number of extramural activities in recent years and that they are planning to incorporate almost all sporting codes by 2017.

“We want to take our learners to arts schools such as Chris Hani, because there are a lot of learners who have talent here.

We have since noticed an increase of the number of learners this year, because parents can see that we are excelling in sports and drama.

I am at the school until late because I want to make sure that sports and culture takes place here. We do win in every competition that we participate in,” Mayeye said.

The number of learners increased by 200 and the school has 950 learners in their books.

Mayeye also encouraged other principals to apply for special educators from the Department of Arts and Culture.

Kholiwe Manyakanyaka, teacher, said she was overwhelmed by their winning spree during the competition.

“We feel very happy for winning. We want to attract more learners to drama and we want them to grow in it.

We are appealing to anyone who can sponsor us with equipment for drama,” Manyakanyaka said.

Dywili said the win was the result of the hard work all of them put in to achieve greater heights.

“I am very happy. I was serious about what I was doing on stage and I worked hard during rehearsal,” she said.

Yantolo said the win came as a surprise for him.

“I believe my confidence and believing on me played a part for my winning. I feel very excited. I did not expect to win, because I saw a number of amazing talented people there. I see myself as a producer for Generation the Legacy in future,” Yantolo said.

The school is also took part in Mini Festival at Arts Cape, on Tuesday.

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