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Puppet show teaches learners about the perils of dumping

Jun 19, 2018
Puppet show teaches learners about the perils of dumping

Thosama Mangana Tukutezi’s performance as Romella was outstanding on Monday at the Hermanus Waldorf School in Sandbaai and provided the children with a unique information session on littering and recycling.

"Romella is the isiXhosa translation of ‘The Litter Queen’ or ‘Die Rommelkoningin’ that was hosted by the Overstrand Municipality last year when close on 1700 children from primary schools across the Overstrand and Overberg attended the week-long run of the show," described Overstrand Municipality Spokesperson, Riana Steenekamp.

"The production is based on a grade 3 prescribed reading book that was brought to life by the local theatre group, The Story Team.

"This time round, they took the puppet show to isiXhosa speaking primary schools across the Overstrand which included Masakhane Primary (Gansbaai), Lukhanyo Primary (Zwelihle), Zwelihle Primary, Waldorf School (Sandbaai), as well as Kleinmond Primary to spread the word on recycling and waste even further."

Steenekamp said that Romella and the other characters explained to the learners why littering has a negative impact on our planet and damages areas where we live, work and play.

"They also explained why recycling helps to extend the life and usefulness of something that has already served its original purpose, by producing something that is useable," she added.

"The message was clear: Make recycling part of your life today and see how your contribution makes your environment more sustainable and healthy."

RECYCLING IS SOMETHING WITH WHICH EVERYONE CAN GET INVOLVED.  Pictured here are Johan van Taak (Overstrand’s Manager: Solid Waste), Denise Coert (Teacher) and some of the grade 3 learners with the Story Team cast Thozama Mangana Tukutezi (Romella), Celeste Loriston and Marhette van Huyssteen.