By fo­cus­ing on an im­pov­er­ished high school, SABC2’s new drama, Mamello, can be­come an im­por­tant ad­di­tion to con­ver­sa­tions on the strug­gles of black learn­ers, writes Them­bisile Dzonzi

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the show might find the abil­ity to res­onate with or­di­nary South Africans.

At a time when the coun­try has be­come aware of the strug­gles of black stu­dents in the univer­sity en­vi­ron­ment, shows like Mamello can play a part in tack­ling the daily strug­gles of pupils in town­ship high schools.

Si­t­u­at­ing the drama in the learn­ers’ for­ma­tive years is im­per­a­tive for the ac­knowl­edge­ment and un­der­stand­ing of the over­all strug­gles in the life of a black child.

As is­sues like #RhodesMust­Fall make their way to the fore­front of con­ver­sa­tions, we of­ten over­look this stage in a young per­son’s life and fo­cus on their strug­gles at univer­sity and in the job mar­ket.

The truth is, it is at the level of pri­mary and high school that black chil­dren are al­ready af­fected.

The black child is tired. It’s time for their sto­ries to be told.

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