STORY TRAIN 2021: Tiego Shametja

iStimela Sendaba welcomes Tiego Shametja to tell the story of ‘Takura and the Talking Branch’.
Takura does not respect the forest, but then he meets a talking branch who creates trouble for him. Can Takura change his ways?

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 26, 2021 00:01 - July 26, 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: Tiego Shametja

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


Tiego is a South African Theatre Practitioner, Arts Administrator, Community Arts Activist, Arts Educator and a Liberation Heritage Steward from the North West Province with a National Diploma in Musical Theatre from Technikon Pretoria (now TUT), a Postgraduate in Arts from Wits University where he studied Cultural Policy, Leadership in the Arts, Research, Operational Skills in the Arts, Marketing, Sponsorship and Funding in the Arts and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from UNISA. Tiego has worked as a freelancer on professional theatre and television productions since 1999. He worked as a Drama Tutor at Mmabana Arts Foundation based at the Mmabana Lehurutshe for four years. He successfully ran an after-school programme at the Onkgopotse Tiro Comprehensive School, which catered for the children from the disadvantaged areas of Ngaka Modiri Molema District of the North West Province. The learners in this programme were enrolled with Trinity Guildhall College–London for Speech and Drama. He continues to advocate for arts development and theatre for young people around the North West Province and other parts of the country. He has done advocacy work for ASSITEJ SA through the Theatre4Youth programme in the North West Province since 2016. He took part in the ASSITEJ SA’s Cradle of Creativity – 19th World Congress and Performing Arts Festival for Children and Young People, which was held in Cape Town in 2017. He has served in both the Provincial (North West) and National Committees for PANSA (Performing Arts Network of South Africa) between the years 2009 and 2015.