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Tuesday, April 14, 2020


(Menzi Mkhwane and Sabelo Ndlovu)

Durban actor, writer and producer Menzi Mkhwane has been nominated at the prestigious Naledi Award in the categories Best Breakthrough Performance as well as alongside Sabelo Ndlovu for Best Production of his play Pockets of Knowledge.

By this nomination alone he has flown the KZN flag and has made many local artists proud. Mkhwane is a Durban based Independent producer, published writer, actor and director.  He is also the co-founder of Namalandi Creativity which he co-owns with Mehrunnissa Mullah.

Over the past 10 years he has been steadily building his profile as a highly influential figure amongst young artists. He has also established himself as a consistent, reliable, talented brand in his own right and the awards he has attained attest to this.

When he won his first award, Mkhwane says: “It set the path for my national profile because I had not been recognised outside my province. I was surprised that I won and I know how tough it is to even get nominated so I am so pleased and humbled to be nominated a second time.”

Mkhwane’s first Naledi award was won for Best Breakthrough Performance and he has been nominated for a second time alongside Anele Nene whom he directed in the piece as he put it together for the run in Soweto. The production is co-created by Sabelo Ndlovu and Menzi Mkhwane.

“Without the extremely creative genius behind Sabelo Ndlovu’s thinking this production would have never received the recognition it deserves. It took the work of both our minds to fully realise that script and it is a very timeless story that seems to touch everyone who watches it,” says Mkhwane acknowledging the co-writer of the play.

This nomination proves that KZN productions as well the artists who create them are strong enough to be recognised on bigger platforms in around South Africa. “Many times the talent that leaves KZN never comes back and becomes Johannesburg talent and this is what we are trying to change with our company,” says Mehrunnissa Mullah commenting on the work that Namalandi Creativity is doing in KZN.

They both aim to not only get more actors recognised but to be inspired to achieve great heights as Mkhwane has achieved. They also hope that these KZN artists achieve more. “Winning an award is just the beginning…” says Mkhwane commenting on the honour.  “We want artists who join Namalandi Creativity to inspire to develop their own productions and become responsible for creating opportunities for themselves,” added Mullah.

The awards will take place later on this year as the country is still under lockdown but Mkhwane is excited and humbled to be sharing the spotlight with some of the top theatre practitioners in the country. He believes that even if he doesn’t win, the acknowledgement is enough. In the meanwhile enjoy the #LockdownEntertainment via various social media platforms.

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