Born and bred in Sebokeng, Lehlohonolo Masina’s journey into the arts began with a chance meeting with poet and now business partner Vus’umuzi Phakathi. “My friend asked if it would be possible for me to drive his friend to Durban for a performance,” he remembers. “This friend turned out to be Vus’umuzi. I fell in love with the arts on the drive.”
The following year, Masina resigned from his job at Nampak, where he felt he had reached a ceiling. Work began to establish Current State Presentations, a company working with artists — particularly poets — from disadvantaged backgrounds.
This resulted in a partnership with the Joburg Theatre’s youth development arm. Concurrently, Masina worked with Arts Alive, starting in 2016, handing out flyers and eventually working on activations, becoming an artist liaison officer and, later, part of the production team.
“Take more risks; be more proactive in everything that you do.”