Poet keeps lot mesmerised

2017-05-25 06:02
Poet Gcina Mhlophe, Likhona Gotyiwe, Lindokuhle Sinyondo and Likhona Appie, at a reading session hosted at Masivuke Primary School in Philippi.            PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

Poet Gcina Mhlophe, Likhona Gotyiwe, Lindokuhle Sinyondo and Likhona Appie, at a reading session hosted at Masivuke Primary School in Philippi. PHOTOS: Mbongiseni Maseko

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Award winning poet Gcina Mhlope had learners and teachers of Masivuke Primary School in Philippi eating out of her palms as she held a storytelling session, donated books, an anthology of poems, music, bags and posters last Wednesday.

Mhlophe, a well-known freedom fighter, activist, actor, storyteller, poet, playwright, director and author, donated books in partnership with the Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA), and Women Unite Entertainment and Projects.

Her visit to the school came after she had asked Thandi Swaartbooi, the founder of Women Unite Entertainment and Projects to identify a school in need.

Mhlophe- who was in the city to attend the 19th ASSITEJ World Congress and International Theatre Festival for Children and Young People, Long Table Panel Discussion- was described as a “great teacher” by Siphokazi Lobese, the deputy principal at the school for her performance and teaching style.

She said she always ensures that she visit schools whenever she is in the province to make a difference in children’s lives.

“I am getting calls from schools that need my books. So I am now planning to record my books, such as Sisanda’s Gift, in an album and also record a play for them. I am under pressure. I really appreciate the support that I get from people who like my work,” Mhlophe said.

Lobese said they were blessed by her visit.

“She is a great teacher. She also teaches us educators. She is so amazing on stage and she has a very good and different teaching method. We would like to thank her for choosing our school for the donation,” she said.

Grade seven learner Likhona Gotyiwe was also full of praises for the poet.

“I was close to tears during her performance. I love poems and storytelling. The books that she donated will also help us to master the art,” Gotyiwe said. REDISA is developing a sustainable South African tyre recycling industry through an Integrated Industry Waste Tyre Management Plan.

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