Ac­tresses get down to busi­ness

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Award-win­ning ac­tresses and en­trepreneurs Terry Pheto and Mam­pho Bres­cia have started an on­line busi­ness, Let’s Learn Toys, to sell ed­u­ca­tional toys to chil­dren.

Bres­cia and Pheto said they were pas­sion­ate about ed­u­ca­tion be­ing ac­ces­si­ble to all chil­dren. They said they be­lieved ed­u­ca­tion was a right and not a priv­i­lege, which is why their busi­ness would fo­cus on toys for chil­dren aged 18 months to 18 years.

Bres­cia, known for her role as Isi­baya’s vil­lain Iris Zungu, said dur­ing her child­hood, her par­ents forced her to read, which re­sulted in her ac­cu­mu­lat­ing lots of books. That in­stilled in her a love for learn­ing and helped her un­der­stand the world bet­ter, she said.

Speak­ing about toys, Pheto, who has been nom­i­nated in the fourth an­nual In­ter­na­tional Achieve­ment Recog­ni­tion Awards for her role as Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela in the US minis­eries, Madiba, said as a child, she used her imag­i­na­tion to make the most out of what she had.

The busi­ness will be launched on Au­gust 29 at the Rose­bank Mall in Johannesburg.

The range of toys will be geared to­wards help­ing de­velop chil­dren’s mo­tor skills, vis­ual-eye per­cep­tion and imag­i­na­tion.

There will also be var­i­ous types of games de­signed to help chil­dren un­der­stand their ev­ery­day en­vi­ron­ment, in­clud­ing var­i­ous pro­fes­sions. Th­ese in­clude role-play­ing, which helps chil­dren un­der­stand new in­for­ma­tion bet­ter.

The toys will be cat­e­gorised into sub­jects in­clud­ing maths, science, tech­nol­ogy, art, mu­sic, lit­er­a­ture and global cul­tures.

Let’s Learn Toys will also cater for chil­dren with learn­ing dif­fi­cul­ties and dis­abil­i­ties.

Asked about their favourite toys, Bres­cia said she was a fan of the Trav­el­lino Kids board game be­cause it helps chil­dren ex­plore and dis­cover the world on their own.

She said the board game en­cour­ages a sense of ad­ven­ture and helps chil­dren un­der­stand hu­man­ity and di­ver­sity, and also teaches them to em­brace the hu­man race.

Pheto chose Brain Box, which she said helps chil­dren learn to mem­o­rise – a help­ful skill for chil­dren who have to study.

She said the game also helped fam­i­lies bond. The pair in­tends tar­get­ing cor­po­rate, govern­ment and non­govern­men­tal or­gan­i­sa­tions to fund toys for un­der­priv­i­leged chil­dren.


Terry Pheto and Mam­pho Bres­cia

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