STORY TRAIN 2021: Baeletsi Tsatsi

iStimela Sendaba welcomes Baeletsi Tsatsi who will be telling the story ‘Skinning Out’.
The Maker gives his trusted messenger a message for the people of Africa, but the messenger is too excited and gets the message confused, costing the people of Africa.

The story train is all about passing on the wonderful African tradition of storytelling and bringing it into the modern day – stories feed our curiosity and imaginations, develop a love of learning, and connect us to others. Aimed at children aged 4-10, each session explores a new story told by a vibrant and energetic storyteller. Being in the zoom room will give you the opportunity to enjoy the story with others, and have some creative fun together. Get on the train daily with Tsholofelo Shounyane, our resident train conductor, and her friend, Nonki.

  • Ticket Price: R0.00
  • Genre: Family
  • Duration (minutes): 30mins
  • Ages: 3 - 10 years
  • Release Date: July 21, 2021 00:01 - July 21, 2021 23:59
  • Language: All 11 official languages - see detailed programme for information.



This project is brought to you by ASSITEJ SA and Play Africa. The funding for this collaboration is made possible through the National Arts Council (NAC) PESP fund, the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and Rand Merchant Bank.

Storyteller: Baeletsi Tsatsi

Project Managers: Yusrah Bardien, Pauline Hansen

Iekraam Adams, Siphumeze Khundayi, Sanele Moya, Jessica Denyschen, Matthew Griffiths, Renaldo Kell.
Tshireletso Media: Tshepiso Motlhagodi and Tumisang Kokonyane

Educational Materials: Yvette Hardie, Alison Green, Ann Simmonds


Baeletsi Tsatsi (South Africa) is a storyteller, writer and facilitator. She studied at the Market Theatre Laboratory, the International School of Storytelling and the Center for Biographical Storytelling. She won the J.J Renaux Emerging Storyteller Grant Award in 2018. Her stories are distributed by FunDza, Cover2Cover and Book Dash. She has been a resident storyteller in residence at Play Africa’s African Storytelling Project, taking place in collaboration with ASSITEJ SA and supported by the Goethe Institut and RMB, as well as a storyteller on ASSITEJ SA and Play Africa’s iStimela Sendaba since 2020.