Arts & Entertainment 2018

Yusrah Bardien (31)

Yusrah Bardien (31)

Audience engagement strategist, Market Theatre Foundation

The dual focus of Yusrah Bardien’s job is to put more bums on theatre seats and use the arts to help shape a better society. By ensuring young people are spellbound by the magic of the stage, Bardien can help make live shows a viable and thriving business. She...

vangile gantsho (34)

Truthful and hard-hitting poet and cultural activist vangile gantsho has participated in poetry events and festivals around Africa and internationally. “I prefer to write my name lower case as part of my small-girl revolution,” she says. She released her debut poetry...

Nas Hoosen (30)

Nas Hoosen (30)

Writer, comic creator and illustrator

Pixar’s Up is Nas Hoosen’s favourite animation. The film explores the anxiety of getting old, regret, and the realisation that life does not always go as we planned it. “The first 10 minutes of the movie make you cry. I know animated movies generally get written off,...

Keamogetswe (Kea) Moeketsane (33)

Keamogetswe (Kea) Moeketsane (33)

Producer, South African State Theatre

If people can’t afford to go to the theatre, you must take the theatre to them. That’s the idea that drove Keamogetswe Moeketsane to run a community theatre initiative that was so successful she was invited to England to help launch a similar programme there. At the...

Jade Bowers (30)

Jade Bowers (30)

Theatre director, producer and designer, UJ and Jade Bowers Design & Management

Helping people to tell their stories and letting them discover hidden talents is what drives Jade Bowers to produce great stage shows. As the production manager for UJ Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg she has helped the students to create some...

Angel Campey (35)

Angel Campey (35)

Stand-up comedian and comedy writer

Comedy is the purest platform for freedom of speech, with comedians given loads of leeway to speak their minds, says Angel Campey. She’s a stand-up comedian, presents a comedy-centric radio show on Smile 90.4FM each Sunday, and is one of the writers for the...

A Tribe Called Story (23-26)

A Tribe Called Story (23-26)

Film production company

A Tribe Called Story is a production company started by three filmmakers: Aluta Qupa, Mbalizethu Zulu and Thembalethu Mfebe. They met as interns in M-Net’s Magic in Motion Academy in 2015 and decided to start their own business after participating in a MultiChoice...

Sipumzo Lucwaba (33)

Sipumzo Lucwaba (33)

Musician, director and composer

Watching Disney musicals like Aladdin and The Lion King steered Sipumzo Lucwaba towards his career choice. “I’ve always had a passion for musicals, even before I knew what musical theatre was,” he says. “Songs such as Prince Ali, Friend Like Me, and Be Prepared have...

Amy Heydenrych (34)

Writer Amy Heydenrych describes herself as “a midwife of ideas.” Her short stories and poems have been published in anthologies including Brittle Paper, The Kalahari Review and Short Sharp Stories, and her debut thriller, Shame On You, was published this year. The...

Nick Mulgrew (28)

Nick Mulgrew (28)

Writer and publisher

Literature in South Africa is an exciting space, but it’s fundamentally broken for several reasons, says author and publisher Nick Mulgrew. Many flaws were caused by apartheid, and others are caused by literary professionals accepting the status quo and not pushing...

Sechaba Gqeba (30)

Sechaba Gqeba (30)

TV presenter

Listeners familiar with the voice of Sechaba Gqeba are enjoying the visuals as well, as this popular radio presenter has now switched over to TV. Gqeba has been hosting the female-friendly show Motswako on SABC 2 since April. “I thoroughly enjoy hosting this talk...

Sphumelele Sibeko (33)

Sphumelele Sibeko (33)

Head of Reality & Entertainment, M-Net

Fans of TV shows like Date My Family, Utatakho and Yobe have Sphumelele Sibeko to thank for helping to develop and bring these much-loved productions to life on M-Net. Sibeko is the head of Reality & Entertainment at M-Net, and it’s her job to source and develop local...

Zamansele Nsele (32)

Zamansele Nsele (32)

Art History lecturer, University of Johannesburg

Art historian and lecturer Zamansele Nsele has been an avid reader and scholar since the day her mother enrolled her into pre-school at age four. Now 32, she is an expert in the history of art and is beginning to lecture on the subject around the world. She can be...

Thabisa Mjo (30)

Thabisa Mjo (30)

Founder and head designer, Mash.T Design Studio

Young designer Thabisa Mjo has a huge success on her hands as the creator of the 2018 Most Beautiful Object in South Africa. The annual award presented by the Design Indaba was won by her enormous light fitting, a stunning 10kg creation that drips from the ceiling in...

Vus’umuzi Phakathi (32)

Vus’umuzi Phakathi (32)

Executive director, Current State Presentations

The idea of poetry being an actual career seems laughable in a country where the vast majority of performing artists are struggling to get by. And poetry is more of a niche market than most. Which means Vus’umuzi Phakathi has set himself a serious challenge in aiming...

Warren Masemola (35)

Actor Warren Masemola (35) can scare the hell out of you with just a cold, hard stare. His tough looks, muscular body and rich voice have seen him play the villain in numerous films and stage plays: the gunslinger in Five Fingers for Marseilles, an armed robber in the...