Local learners featured on TV

2019-05-14 06:00
The trio got a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes of national TV. From left are Taylor-Leigh Meyer, Larry Lewis and Thabiso Makhanda. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

The trio got a glimpse of what happens behind the scenes of national TV. From left are Taylor-Leigh Meyer, Larry Lewis and Thabiso Makhanda. PHOTO: Nomzamo Yuku

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Bokmakierie Primary School in Hazendal is proud of the two learners that appeared on national television, channel SABC 3 on Monday 6 May.

The community too were glued to their screens to see the little stars, Taylor-Leigh Meyer and Thabiso Makhanda from Delft making the most of the opportunity on Hectic on 3, a teen show between 16:00 and 16:30.

They were in their school uniform and interacting with presenters, playing games and discussing the topic of appreciation.

As much as it was exciting for their community and the school, the learners described this as a lifetime opportunity.

“Not everyone gets to be on TV, this could be our only chance,” said Taylor-Leigh.

She said she does not know of anyone from her community that works for TV and never thought she would ever be featured on TV.

Makhanda added that the opportunity gave them much insight into the TV industry and allowed them to see what happens behind the scenes.

According to the school principal, Larry Lewis, the school was honoured to receive an invitation to feature on the daily show. It was an opportunity they could not miss.

“We received the email last Friday and a lot had to be considered but every school has its stars so I quickly identified who was going to represent us,” he said.

Lewis said the learners did not disappoint, they opened up to the opportunity, so the school had to make arrangements to accommodate their schedules as Makhanda uses scholar transport and the time slot of the show would slightly affect his travelling.

“Luckily, our parents are very supportive of anything that benefits the learners.”

Explaining his positive response towards the invite he said the school is situated in a vulnerable community with gang violence and a low employment rate, with children having very limited exposure to what happens outside their communities.

He said the school is always looking for opportunities like these to give learners exposure to the outside environment.

“These are aspiring leaders who need all the support and positive foundation they can get. We need to start here to build their confidence, boost their communication ability and encourage their freedom of expression.”


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