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Learners to learn the Tarftuffe play-totally

Yes, we’re referring to Total South Africa.

Thumbs Up. TV star Akhumzi and Total SA Sustainable Dev Manager Nyameka Makonya giving the play Tartuffe a thumbs-up with pupils at the Soweto Theatre, Jabulani.

Recently, the company hosted thousands of Soweto and East Rand school pupils at the Soweto Theatre, Jabulani- for a renowned French Tartuffe play.

The play often described as France’s own Shakespeare, is part of a national tour in SA whose mandate is to bolster and identify creative talent within the arts community.

Nyameka Makonya, Sustainable Development Manager at Total South Africa says that heritage and arts are a key area of focus for Total South Africa and it continually seeks for ways to bolster the development of these areas by identifying projects such as this one.

Apart from sponsoring football recently and backing the Kruger National Park environmental initiatives, Total SA also supports arts in the form of internationally renowned Sibikwa Arts Center and Buskaid Soweto String Academy – a programme which provides string music lessons to the impoverished and underprivileged youth from Diepkloof.

Sibikwa also houses a Saturday Arts Academy which serves as a bridge to institutions of higher learning, matching the competencies of graduates who are able to access university placement in South Africa.

“When a company like Total has roots in France, a country steeped in a rich history of celebrating the creative arts and an inimitable flair for the refined, it was inevitable that the regional office located in the southernmost tip of Africa would mirror this cultural affection,” says Makonya.

The national tour is also supported by the French Institute of South Africa, Alliance Francaise South Africa, BNP Group and Mazars.

SABC’s presenter Akhumzi was the MC for the event launch.

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