Skeem Saam’s Cornet Mamabolo on his dreams for rural education development
~ PHOTO: Cornet Mamabolo Instagram
best known for his role as troublesome Thabo “Tbose” Maputla on SABC1’s Skeem
Saam, who currently finds himself on the wrong side of the law for the second
time after a confrontation turned bloody. In real life though, Cornet Mamabolo is
nothing like his character.
27-year-old actor is passionate about education, particularly in his birth province
Limpopo. With his foundation, Cornet M Foundation (CMF), joining forces with
the Redfest Science Centre and other stakeholders to create the Rural Education
Festival Cornet is determined to bring about change to learners in rural areas.
festival – which aims to celebrate science, technology, engineering,
mathematics and innovation – will be hosting activities across different rural
districts in Limpopo with the purpose of creating a fun and festive mood while
making science accessible as a recreational activity.
to DRUM, Cornet explains why his foundation specifically chose rural areas to
be the benefactor to this project.
idea comes from having observed a few other programmes that are developed and
how most individuals and institutions focus on specific markets,” he explained.
are a lot of projects that happen in townships and in suburbs that usually
focus on learners who do well at school, but what about the learners who live
in rural areas and what about those who don’t perform well in school and are
being side-lined and made to feel they will never amount to anything?”
actor added that Limpopo wasn’t doing well on educational levels and he
believes this is because of learners who are being taught under trees and are
mostly failing technical subjects.
education being close to his heart, Cornet reveals that after completing matric
he faced challenges while studying further.
background in education is a very complex one. After passing Ggrade 12 I went
to Wits [University] to study performing arts but after my second year I
dropped out due to finances. I managed to raise funds and went back to do my
passing that I dropped out and put my honours degree on hold, but I’ve also
studied in the insurance space and I’m currently studying insurance risk
management at the Milpark Business School.”
actor, who is also a broker and administrator in the financial sector, urges South
Africans to give wherever they can and says support from different stakeholders
would help in making his dream of advancing education in rural areas a reality.
who have textbooks, laptops and computers they no longer use can assist us by
donating these items so we can introduce these to learners at an early age.”
Rural Education Festival is set to take place across Limpopo from 7 to 11 May
and is expected to reach over 52 000 people.