E-TV SA’s Got Talent Show 2012 winner Botlhale Boikanyo has not only raised the bar for aspirant poets across the country but has undoubtedly claimed the status of the North West Province as the home of talented artists, Premier Thandi Modise said in congratulating the 11 year old for scoping the coveted R250 000 price on Thursday night.
“Botlhale is a jewel that we should nurture for the world stage because the world is her oyster. Her passion, talent, inspirational poetry, self-confidence and with which she performed before millions who watched the talent search show distinguished her as a professional in the making destined for greater heights. She really did us proud. The sky is the limit for her.
The provincial government will do everything possible to support her to achieve her dreams. ”said the overjoyed Premier Modise.
“As we celebrate Botlhale and thank all the viewers who voted for her, we should salute her single mother for teaching her to believe in herself and for encouraging her reach for the sky. In her we have a special mother with a special child. ” added Modise.
Runners up to the grade six learner at Sol Plaatjie Primary School who said that her ambition is to “Change the world” were the PJ Twins from Bonteheuwel and 3rd place went to Donlynn and Cameron, also from Cape Town.
The young Botlhale from Imperial Reserve in Mahikeng won herself thousands of admirers who who ensured that she makes it into the finals when she competed against and beat boxers” Drumkit and Evo”,tap dancers “T Squared”, singers “Melanie Adams, Iziqhaza” and owner-and-dog act Xandre and Finn in the semi-finals.
Her performance received a standing ovation from the entire audience and judges in the semi-finals and finals. One of the judges, Shado Twala had cried openly in admiration of the young poet’s talent.