Storytelling was a way of teaching children the values of life. Stories have morals that teach children what to do and what not to do. It was a good method that was used by San parents. Children were taught how to live in the bush and what to do if they come across an animal that could harm them. Storytelling was also used as a life lesson for kids, children were shown what could happen to them if they did certain things that they were not supposed to do.
Some stories were more serious than others. Some stories were told just for fun when children were at home sitting around the fire. Growing up listening to stories was fun, it helped a lot, when faced with challenges in life. It was an exciting moment when Grandmother started telling stories and children were up late listening to stories.
My name is Tekla Karupangwe. I was born in Smitchdrift but grew up in Platfontein, Kimberly. I am the first of 5 girls. Matriculated in 2013, studied and dropped out and looking to study again. Growing up as a small child, everything was good. People treated each other with respect and kindness. Thou poverty rates were high but all was well. As a child I was always alone, at home watching TV. Most things I learned from television. Then several years back life took its turn on us, where people were abusing alcohol, drugs and a high rate of teenage pregnancies. More school dropouts than matriculants. Young adults and small children partying and drinking. There’s no respect and kindness towards each other. Life is unimaginable, violence is everywhere. As an individual one has to strive, standout and be a better person. Wanting a brighter future for yourself. To be independent.