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VULEKAíS SESAME STREET (article first published : 2000-02-14)

Where has actor Madoda Ncayiyana been for the last few years? This talented performer who co-founded Theatre for Africa in Johannesburg and is the director of the community-based Maningi Theatre Workshop in Durban has been out of the limelight for a while. But he certainly hasnít been unproductive. With author and writer Julie Frederikse he runs Vuleka Productions, an organisation that produces radio and television programmes.

Vuleka recently scooped the commission from national tender to produce the first radio version worldwide of the popular TV series Sesame Street. The programme will be aired in English, isiZulu and isiXhosa on Ukhozi FM and Umhlobo weNene.

Developed as part of an international co-production with the United States-based Childrenís Television Workshop, the South African department of education and the SABC education department, Takalani Sesame offers education through fun and laughter. It aims to reach young children living in areas where there is little or no access to early learning systems. All the well-known Sesame Street characters will be there as well as some new and innovative African counterparts.

Another feather in Vulekaís cap was a recent commission to co-produce an audio tour of the Robben Island Museum.




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