Letter – 18 May 2016

Letter - 18 May 2016

I would like to thank the Executive Mayor of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality, Thabo Manyoni, for enabling me and eleven other exhibitors to participate during the Bloem Show in Bloemfontein, from 27 April to 7 May 2016. I also wish to thank Anza van der Hoven and Teboho Seseane from Bloem Show who invited me to participate as a storyteller on 4 May 2016 and also on 7 May 2016.
The show was a great success. During the ten days several exhibitions of artwork by teacher Keke Mokati (represented by Tshepo Seekoei), Stephen Bekker, Fana Nyembe and Kelesia Amos Paulus, beads and jewellery by Makgosi Creations and Nubia Soul, shoes, belts, bags and leather goods by Roseta Design Leather Products, Leather Empire, Goodhope Shoe Repairs and Qoopane Literary Gallery were on view at the stall of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality.
The exhibition at my gallery offered visitors an opportunity to learn more about South African writers. The Honourable Premier of the Free State, Ace Magashule, the Honourable Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly in Parliament in Cape Town, Lechesa Tsenoli, the Honourable MEC of Agriculture and Rural Land Development, Oupa Khoabane, author Siphiwo Mahala, radio personality Thuso Motaung, and Bloemfontein Celtics coach, Serame Letsoaka, were some of the people who visited the stall of the Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality.
About two hundred learners from different primary schools in Mangaung attended my storytelling session at Bloem Show on Wednesday 4 May and on Saturday 7 May 2016. When I narrated different stories to children during my storytelling sessions, the children became my friends and part of me. Through storytelling, children learn how to concentrate, how to listen to new stories, and learn new words if stories are told in Sesotho or English. Children love funny and exciting stories. If a story is boring, they won’t listen and they will have a negative attitude towards the storyteller.
Lastly, I want to thank the following exhibitors who participated: Motlalepule Motlolometsi, Angela Mkhabela and her husband Lehodimo, Vuyo Khen, Boitumelo Khumalo, Keke Motaki, Tshepo Seekoei, Mr Clement and his wife, Angela Rampai, Jeanette Nogwandane and her daughter, Nthabiseng Thejane, Mapitso Ntsane, Stephen Bekker, Nyembe and Kelesia Amos Paulus. I hope we will meet again at the 2017 Bloem Show.
Flaxman Qoopane