STORY TRAIN 2021: Sizwe Vilakazi

iStimela Sendaba welcomes Sizwe Vilakazi who is telling the story of ‘The boy who went to look for the sun’.
What happens when the sun gets tired of shining and runs away? Thabo goes on a great journey to find the sun and sees many wonderful things on his adventure.

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: Ages 3 - 10
  • Release Date: July 22, 2021 00:01 - July 22, 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: Sizwe Vilakazi

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


Sizwe Vilakazi is an actor, writer, storyteller and workshop facilitator from Soweto. His work focuses mainly on children and exploring play as part of cognitive development. He leads the NGO Let’s Play Children’s Theatre, and has led extensive workshops for schools, creches and communities in South Africa, the UK, France and Nigeria. He has performed in Dumisani’s Drum and Gogo, for Vulavulani Theatre Company and Action Transport Theatre, UK. He is a resident storyteller with iStimela Sendaba and the Play Africa Storytelling Project. His one-person play, Tika, has toured the UK with Action Transport Theatre, and toured South Africa to ASSITEJ SA festivals.