STORY TRAIN 2021: Khwezi Becker

iStimela Sendaba welcomes Khwezi Becker, author of Aunty Nokuthula’s Stars.

This story is about two children who live in the city, overlooking a harbour. They visit their aunt in the rural areas and they come back with valuable lessons.

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 19, 2021 00:01 - July 19, 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: Khwezi Becker

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


Born in Johannesburg, South Africa to a German – South African artist couple, Khwezi Becker was raised with a love and great respect for all kinds of artforms. Having taking her first steps on stage, she likes to believe she was giving everyone a sign that this would be her home. She is a performer, writer, poet, arts administrator and theatre workshop facilitator who has a great appreciation for gaining knowledge, through all kinds of research. Her work in the arts industry was professionally honed through her studies at UKZN focusing on theatre, from which she has expanded to write for the stage as well as act in theatre for various audiences, from the very young and onward. Having acted both on stage and on screen she has been awarded the Ovation Fringe Award at NAF 2019 on a collaborative theatre piece and was later nominated at the Simon Sabela Film & Television Awards 2020 as Best Newcomer Actress. Her work expanded to poetry and storytelling; she has performed her poetry locally as well as on international platforms such as Poetry Africa, Funda Fest in Rhode Island and MODHAFEST.