Group will appear on TV

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The Siyongqoba Performing Arts group from eMbalenhle achieved new heights in the last few years.
The group was chosen to take part in the SABC1 television programme, Shift SA and SA’s got Talent.
The producers of Shift SA saw a video of the group performing on YouTube and invited them to take part.
They will be performing in the semi-finals in November in Johannesburg with the hope to win the competition and R20 000.
The group is planning to take their latest production, Imbali Enhle, meaning Beautiful Flower, to the arts festival in Grahamstown next year.
They were planning on going to Norway this year, but due to a lack of funding, the group had to cancel the trip.
Mandla Sibia (30) is the founder of the group that started in 2010.
“We want to give the youth a chance to develop their skills and make something of their lives,” said Mandla.
He wants to teach the children in the group about life as well. Many of the kids share their problems with Mandla.
“This is a safe place for them to deal with their emotions and express their feelings.”
In their plays, they deal with daily life issues such as crime, teen pregnancies, drugs and HIV Aids.
“Many of them want to become actors, but I encourage them to focus on their education.
“Education comes first and then acting and drama group,” said Mandla.
Mandla has 11 years’ experience in the industry.
He studied at Moving into Dance Academy in Johannesburg.
He won the Naledi award for the best theatre director in 2014 and 2015.
The group also receive an award for the best community theatre group.
Mandla thanked the Sasol Club and all their sponsors for their support.
To book the group for a performance or to support them financially, contact Mandla at 079 307 744.

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