Kwa Mashu Voices: The Gift of Memory
Producer: Ekhaya Multi Arts Center, Kwa Mashu, South Africa
Sithembile Dludla is a 9 years old girl with a gift of memory. She has done more public speaking than most adults. A devout Christian, who doesn’t watch TV, believes in prayer and has limits to most things young people do. Sthembile hosts a radio show on Vibe FM about Christianity and is known to preach the word of God. If Sithembile reads something she can remember it as it is, but also Sithembile has the confidence that most adults desire but never possess. Sithembile is the youngest person in Kwa Mashu to host a radio show at the age of 9. She drives a radio show all by her self. Raised in an environment where children are always left to learn and raise themselves, Sithembile’s gift has helped cement the relationship, especially when her mother had to quit her job. This documentary looks at Sithembile’s life as a young child thrown into the media and scrupulous event organisers who take her away from her mom and exploit her talent. Outspoken Sithembile has won a bursary to study dramatic arts after school hours and she works harder then the average 9 year old township girl.