TAKALANI SESAME AT MARBURG STADIUM
By: Nurshera Soodyal
The cast and crew of Sanlam’s Takalani Sesame appeared at the Marburg Stadium grounds today Saturday from 10am to 3pm in Port Shepstone.
For the fourth year, South Africa’s most loved TV characters, the Takalani Sesame Muppets, have taken to the road for their annual roadshow. This journey sees the Sanlam roadshow travel to seven towns within four provinces to host free events for children and adults. It is filled with fun, festivities and prizes and sees parents who are encouraged to chat to the financial advisors who will assist with their financial questions, while their kids are enjoying a show from the muppets.
“It was a good opportunity to learn about my bank while my child enjoyed seeing the muppets she sees almost everyday on television, a good venture indeed,” said Rajinee Ramdhun.
Hundreds of children on the South Coast were full of smiles after seeing the cast of Takalani Sesame. Much loved characters Neno(Elmo), Moshe, Zikwe, Kupukeji and Kami were but a few faces seen dancing on the stage and interacting with the ecstatic fans who were all joined by their parents.
Takalani Sesame which means “be happy Sesame” in Venda is the South African version of the children’s television program Sesame Street and incorporates all of South Africa’s 11 national languages, including Afrikaans, English, Zulu, Xhosa, Swazi, Ndebele, Sesotho, Northern Sotho, Tsonga, Tswana and Venda. Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Kofi Annan, and Nane Annan have made guest appearances on the show as well.
The Children’s television series is sponsored by Sanlam bank and it’s in collaboration with and based on Sesame Street by Joan Ganz Cooney and Jim Henson. The show runs for 30 minutes a day from Monday to Friday and is based on promoting basic school readiness, literacy, numeracy, and health and hygiene.
The characters danced, sang and gave the children real life issues to teach them about HIV/AIDs and having savings accounts.
The Takalani series also includes a radio program, a newspaper and magazine comic strip series. It also has a national ‘Talk to ME’ Campaign which encourages adults to talk to their children about HIV/AIDS.