Vin­cent Sobant­wana

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VIN­CENT Sobant­wana’s smile, hu­mour and nat­u­ral friend­li­ness might help him re­alise his dream of be­com­ing an ac­tor.

For­tu­nately for the 17-yearold, his school, Zon­nebloem Nest Se­nior School of­fers sub­jects like drama, span­ish danc­ing, de­sign and tourism.

Vin­cent, who is in Grade 10, is the son of a house­keeper, Aliker, who is a sin­gle mother to him and his older brother, Msizi, who is strug­gling to find a job.

Vin­cent’s fa­ther, a truck­driver, died many years ago. Af­ter an un­suc­cess­ful Grade 1 in the East­ern Cape, he moved to Cape Town where he lives in Guguletu. He at­tended Good Hope Pri­mary in Vre­de­hoek. Vin­cent says he has been for­tu­nate to have a good ed­u­ca­tion.

“I feel priv­i­leged to have gone to the schools I went to be­cause I don’t think schools in the town­ship would have helped me. I would have done things my way if I was with the town­ship boys – like girls and par­ties – in­stead of do­ing things my mother’s way.”

Vin­cent is study­ing Drama, Tourism, Math­e­mat­ics, Vis­ual Arts, English and Xhosa this year.

“I chose tourism and de­sign in­stead of life sciences be­cause I en­joy de­sign­ing things on com­puter. My teacher told me to study drama be­cause I would be good at it and it’s some­thing I would like to do when I am older.”

Vin­cent achieved an av­er­age pass last year and said it was “con­vinc­ing, but not good enough”.

“From now on, I just want to do well so that I can achieve what I want af­ter school. I think I am go­ing to take drama se­ri­ously so I can be­come an ac­tor one day.”

His he­roes are two of the main ac­tors in the SABC 1 soap opera, Gen­er­a­tions, Menzi Ngubane who plays Sibu­siso Dlomo and Seputla Se­bo­godi who plays Kenneth Mashaba.

His mu­sic in­ter­ests are kwaito and house. DJ Cleo is his favourite lo­cal artists.

In his spare time he en­joys play­ing soc­cer and said he hopes the South African Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion opens more doors for young town­ship soc­cer tal­ents af­ter the World Cup.

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