LOCALS will get a pre-Christmas bonanza when Paul Rapetsoa's two plays are staged at the Polokwane Library Gardens this week.
The plays, Can't Wait and Our Cry, take place today and tomorrow - starting at 7pm.
Can't Wait deals with the "chat" lifestyle, in which mainly young people inhabit chat rooms to interact with strangers.
Rapetsoa, pictured, said the production wanted to raise awareness among pupils that the over use of chat rooms ends in less time for school studies.
"The play is staged mainly to remind pupils about their responsibilities to read their books and forget about things that might lead them into trouble," said Rapetsoa.
He said he was also wary of situations where pupils fell prey to strangers on the web who often ended up exploiting their chat room victims.
"People must be aware that with the arrival of 2010 we might see a situation where paedophiles take advantage of the easy communication with young kids in chat rooms."
His other play, Our Cry, is about the 16 Days of Activism against Women and Children Abuse.
Rapetsoa said he thought it was appropriate to stage the play now as that conscious-raising period was close at hand.