Passion spreads through art craft

2018-03-29 06:01
Shooting Stars Development Group from Masakhane Informal settlement shows some of their dance moves.PHOTO: velani ludidi

Shooting Stars Development Group from Masakhane Informal settlement shows some of their dance moves.PHOTO: velani ludidi

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Multitalented artist Mthetheleli Madolo (39) is trying hard to get young children off the street, teaching them arts and culture in Masakhane Informal Settlement in Nomzamo.

The area is mostly known for what is lacking there, which is electricity and the high rate of unemployment.

Madolo wants to change all this and create a better place for children of the area.

“My love for art made me start this group called Shooting Stars Development Group. We do dance, drama, poetry, music and some play instruments that I teach them,” he tells City Vision.

The group was established last year and has no proper place to practice.

They rely on open spaces and sometimes people offer their houses to them.

“Churches are refusing with space. These children really need this, especially when they grow up in an area where poverty is very high and the conditions generally bad,” believes Madolo.

He says many of the children are females and faces a challenge in disciplining them.

Madolo believes the parents are not supportive of the initiative also.

“The girls are growing, and they need guidance from a female’s touch. Parents only come to watch and congratulate the children but they never contribute with anything,” he laments.

Madolo’s dream is to build a centre for the children where they can go practice and do arts. He believes with the right guidance the children can become successful in their own lives.

Philasande Mehlwana (12), who is an actor and singer for the group, says she is happy when she is around her group. “I feel at home when we meet. Every day we pray that we get a place to practice because we want to create plays that tell our stories of growing up in poor conditions,” she says.

Nosandla Ndabeni, a parent, says it is not that they do not want to support the children, but they are not at means to do so. “I watch their plays with teary eyes because these children are really doing something with their lives and we simply cannot support them because we also have nothing. I hope someone donate T-shirts to the group, because what they do is good for the community,” she says. “They will be an example for the rest of the community.”

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