Where rising stars are born

Tsholo Sebola and her coach, Valma Laubscher are looking forward to the next Eisteddfod. Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

It only takes one person to make a positive difference in the lives of others, and that person is Valma Laubscher.

A few years ago, Valma created a drama group for underprivileged children from local schools.

Her mission includes coaching these rising stars for various Eisteddfods. She then tries to find sponsors to enter and supply them with the relevant drama paraphernalia.

She recently entered eight-year-old Tsholo Sebola from Khululekani Primary in Swanieville into her very first Allegretto Regional Eisteddfod.

“She can’t speak Afrikaans or English, but that didn’t stop her from reciting both poems smoothly. She has never been on stage, nor spoken in front of a crowd,” Valma said.

Tsholo Sebola is proud of her achievements. Photo: Alanicka Lotriet.

Not surprisingly, Tsholo received gold for her English dramatised poetry and a Prestige award for her Afrikaans dramatised speech.

“The judge was full of praise, even though Tsholo had no idea what she was saying,” she said jokingly.

To put the cherry on the cake, Tsholo was subsequently invited to the gala event that will take place in August.

“Later this year she will be participating in the RACA Eisteddfod, and I just know that she will impress those judges just as much,” Valma concluded.

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