Success story out of Steynville

2016-05-04 06:00
SOME of the members of the Children of Hope group in Hopetown. In front is Abednigo Lesala. From the left are, at the back, Edgar Baadjies, Nick Jacobs and Julius van Rooyen. Photo: Boipelo Mere

SOME of the members of the Children of Hope group in Hopetown. In front is Abednigo Lesala. From the left are, at the back, Edgar Baadjies, Nick Jacobs and Julius van Rooyen. Photo: Boipelo Mere

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LIFE in the township of Steynville, Hopetown, might seem boring, or at least exceptionally slow-paced.

This, however, does not mean the people living there are talentless. It is rather a question of exposure, or the lack thereof.

Hopetown is some 120 km from Kimberley, along the N12 to Cape Town.

A year ago soccer players of the Steynville High School mesmerised those of the Kimberley Technical High School in the Copa Coca-Cola Schools Tournament, beating them hands down.

They had the raw talent of Dirquin Storm.Express Northern Cape nicknamed him The King of Storms. He played and looked almost like Lionel Messi.

Express Northern Cape has discovered that slowly but surely, the talent here is being discovered and developed.

As proof of this three netball girls and a young rugby player are now preparing to fly to New Zealand on a sports trip.

There is also the formidable youth theatre group simply called Children of Hope.

The 12 members saw the opportunity to display their talent when they were invited to perform at an Aids Day event in Hopetown in December 2011.

After getting positive feedback, they decided to hone their talent. The group has since performed in places such as Strydenburg, Britstown, De Aar and Petrusville. So far, the group has performed in local churches and schools.

However, the members feel its raw talent alone is not enough. The members wish to get more exposure.

“We have never been workshopped or trained in theatre or running an organisation,” says Julius van Rooyen, spokesperson and organiser.

“We figure things out for ourselves, but the general feeling among us is that it will do us good if we can get some training. We will then be able to perform at theatres in other parts of the country.

“We would like to be registered as a theatre company by June, because we dream of competing in events provincially and nationally.

“As things are now, we don’t even have a bank account, but that should change by June.”

The other members of the group are Abednigo Lesala (chairperson), Edgar Baadjies (deputy chairperson), Nick Jacobs (secretary), Sharon Baatjies, Raquel Baatjies, Willie Michaels, Evelyn van Reiners, Lesley-Aan Esthuizen, Senobia Williams, Hanneli Nelson and Welle Dolophi. Four members have taken a break for the year, as they are in matric.

“They should be back with the group by the end of November and we wish them the best for passing their matric year,” says Van Rooyen.

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