STORY TRAIN 2021: Thanduxolo Mkoyi

iStimela Sendaba welcomes Thanduxolo Mkoyi, author of the Smell Thief.
A poor old woman is accused of stealing the smell of freshly baked bread and is taken to court for the theft. But can you really steal a smell?

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 20, 2021 00:01 - July 20, 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: Thanduxolo Mkoyi

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


Thanduxolo Mkoyi (known by many as Thando Mkhoyi) is a language and literacy trainer, Professional story teller, children’s author and a director of Masifunde-iilwimi language and training academy. He has performed all over the country and was recently a Storytelling coach and Mentor for Storytellers in the Isitimela Sendaba storytelling project by ASSITEJ SA in collaboration with Play Africa. In 2020 he was appointed as one of the 200 Young Influential South Africans by the Mail and Guardian and currently serves as a Deputy chairperson of the Western Cape LiTASA branch (Literacy Association of South Africa) He also manages a non-profit organisation in Khayelitsha known as Eyentsatshe For The Little Ones Early Childhood Development Project.