LEPHALALE — The first Lephalale Teens Got Talent (LTGT) competition held its finale at Lephalale Mall on Saturday 10 March.
This competition started on 26 February at Seleka Community Hall and continued until 2 March in Marapong, where winners from five areas competed in the finale on Saturday.
The categories and winners were as follows:
- Storytelling/Writing – Marvelous Chivanda
- Dance/Group Dance – Gumboots Dance
- Singing/Rap – Magdeline Monene
- Culinary Chef – Anna Makata
- Art/Drawing – Leri-Ann Martin
- Poems/Poetry – Boitumelo Ramala
16 year old Leri-Ann Martin, a learner from Hoërskool Ellisras, says she started drawing at the age of seven and that drawing helps her deal with her feelings and stress properly.
“I am glad to have come here and shared my talents with everyone. I love drawing so much and in the future I would like to take extra classes that will help me start my own gallery where drawings are preserved”.
Her message to fellow participants was that they are not losers and the fact that they participated speaks volumes as many are too shy to participate for fear of being judged.
Another winner, 15 year old Boitumelo Ramala, says her poem titled “Teenage Pregnancy”, comes from the differences she observed between Lebowakgomo and Lephalale.
“At my previous school there were few teenage pregnancies compared to what I saw in Lephalale. I wrote the poem in December, performed it at home and won Miss Ga-Mphahlele 2018”.
She says her ambition is to join SA got talent this year; championing the poetic category was a great step towards achieving this goal.
Her next poem will be titled “Salute Teachers” as she noticed students in general lack respect towards teachers.
LTGT organiser, the 15 year old Kyle McDonald, a leaner from Hoërskool Ellisras, an achiever and grand prize winner of the International Leadership Academy in 2017, says this is a continuation of his last project.
Working with Heal the Hood they had students who were interested in unlocking their talents through performing on the stage after the motivational visit of the hip-hop dance group in 2017.
McDonald says for the future they plan to have constant competitions of this nature to encourage students and to ensure that they feel free to showcase their talents.
“Together with Heal the Hood, we took contact details of learners in 2017 and this year we contacted and invited them to participate in LTGT. The attendance was so overwhelming we had to reprint entry forms and this clearly indicates that teenagers here are eager to go an extra mile to unleash their potential,” he said.
Kyle encourages everyone who didn’t win any prizes to never give up on anything – irrespective of the outcome.
He promises all participants that there will soon be a book called Lephalale Teens Got Talent, where all of the participants’ names and work will be shared.