South Africa

Tshwane teen commended for commitment to conservation, presenting critical TV show

A US ambassador to South Africa recently visited Hatfield Christian School (HCS) to encourage students to defend the planet.

While there, Reuben Brigety, also commended Thandolwethu Fani (16) for being part of the Pan-African children’s series production Team Sayari.

The series premiered on National Geographic Wild at the end of 2022 to HCS learners’ delight at seeing one of their peers, Thandolwethu Fani as presenter.

“Regardless of which career you choose to pursue one day, you will only have one planet to do it on. This is why we need to protect Earth and all its creatures,” said Brigety.

“Congratulations to Thandolwethu for already being an advocate for the environment and setting an example.”

Christine Service, Thandolwethu Fani and Reuben Brigety. Photo: Supplied.

Fani loves nature and argues it is possible to make a difference by limiting one’s use of plastic and conserving water.

Prior to being cast in Team Sayari, in 2019 Fani appeared in the theatre production The Littlest Mermaid in Pretoria.

Team Sayari is the result of a collaborative effort between National Geographic, The Walt Disney Company Africa, USAID, the US State Department and WildlifeDirect.

Christine Service, general manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa, said: “National Geographic teaches people to explore the natural world, because when we know more about it, we are more likely to protect it.

“Thandolwethu is a wonderful example of a young person who advocates for the environment and is an outstanding presenter on the show.”

In the Team Sayari series Fani goes on adventurous journeys, in which the wonders of the natural world, and the need to live more lightly on the planet are explored.

The series is produced by Kenyan production company White Rhino Films to celebrate the environment and raise the awareness of conservation and associated issues in a fun and relatable way.

The sequel to the first series is currently showing on National Geographic Wild (DStv 182, Starsat 221) on Saturdays at 13:00 (CAT).

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