- Talented drummer, Thabile Morolong, has been playing for Cornwall Hill College's band even though he was not enrolled at the school
- He was awarded a bursary to attend the school in grade 8 but could not afford the travel expenses between the school and Tembisa
- He was then awarded sponsorship to stay at a hostel as well as for extra expenses, for five years
13-year-old boy from Tembisa, Thabile Morolong’s dreams of attending Cornwall Hill College and to continue playing drums for their band has come true, thanks to the generous sponsors who pulled together to change the talented young boy’s life.
Thabile has been awarded a full bursary to attend Cornwall Hill and to stay in the hostel. The cost of boarding at the school for five years is estimated at a mind-blowing R700 000. In addition to this, Deidre from Cloud Ed Solutions is giving Thabile a R6 250 tablet, which is compulsory for all students at the school to have, Briefly.co.za found.
To help Thabile’s family with all the additional expenses of attending school, as well as all the necessary band equipment, the Good Morning Angels Fund will also be donating a total of R13 313.
When he was still a baby, Thabile’s mother, Annie, worked as a domestic worker for the Badenhorst family in Irene.
At the time, Thabile and his younger brothers stayed in Postmasburg with their grandmother, Lettie. Annie was also financially responsible for her siblings in the Eastern Cape. Sello, Thabile’s father, was retrenched a few years ago and struggled to find employment.
Thabile was often sick as a baby and Annie often had to travel back to Postmasburg to take care of him. The Badenhorst family offered to let Thabile live with Annie in Irene, rather than spend money travelling back and forth.
When he grew older, he started school in the area and became part of the family, learning Afrikaans and English in addition to his home language, Setswana.
Thabile attended Irene Primary while the Badenhorst’s three children attended Cornwall Hill.
Thabile fell in love with music, watching the Badenhorst children practicing their instruments. Mercia Badenhorst fondly recalls how she would catch Thabile enthusiastically air-drumming while no-one was watching.
Although he was still too young, the school’s drumming tutor recognised his skills and allowed him to start taking lessons at the school. In 2016, Thabile joined the school’s band as a snare drummer, surprising both the school and the Badenhorst family, as he was not even enrolled at the school.
Although it typically takes students a couple of years to reach the level of skill required to play in the band, Thabile was ready to join in a year.
Spanner in the wheel
Although Thabile’s family (including the Badenhorsts) thought Thabile would go to high school in Tembisa. Unable to ignore the humble young boy’s passion and undeniable talent, the school awarded him with a bursary.
Despite this, the family was unable to afford the hostel fees, the commute between Irene and Tembisa and all the extra costs.
Wanting to continue to develop the young man’s talents, Mercia Badenhorst and the school reached out to Good Morning Angels to help make Thabile and his family’s dreams come true.
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