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Sunday, November 30, 2014


Coming up in tomorrow’s (December 1) Mondays at Six at St Clements programme is the launch of Pieter Scholtz’s new book for the young and young-at-heart, Manti’s Miracle.

Manti’s Miracle is a tale about Divali and about a cat named Manti with a strange tail (tale) and a stranger happening.

Adi Paxton and Gisele Turner will interpret the roles of Manti and Ali-cat in an extract from the story, while Pieter Scholtz will read Percival Piston, a scarecrow made of old car parts.

“Our story begins on the fourth day of Divali, which is the first day of the lunar new year,” explains Scholtz. “It is also the day on which Ali’s cat received the gift of human speech. Every year after old Ali’s death, his cat was able to speak during the five days of Divali. On the sixth day she reverted to mewing again.

“This is not the only marvellous happening in the tale,” he continues. “A young girl named Manti joins forces with Ali-cat and two unlikely scarecrows to thwart a greedy landowner who wants to demolish their homes. Through a magical ceremony with a lamp the two scarecrows are brought to vibrant life.”

Although it is a light-hearted tale steeped in humour and action, Manti’s Miracle also encompasses some simple truths about the effects of greed or generosity on the lives of ordinary people.

 St Clements is situated at 191 Musgrave Road. Mondays @ Six run between 18h00 and 19h00. Table booking is advised on 031 202 2511. There is no cover charge but there is a donations box to support presenters.