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.