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Sunday, November 8, 2020


Phansi Museum introduces new faces:

(Zanele Mashinini)

Born in Soweto (Orlando East) from a family of seven boys and one girl. From an early age, Zanele Mashinini was drawn to the visual arts. He started sketching the daily activities in the township in his school books. When boys his age were playing soccer using stuffed plastics to make soccer balls in the dusty streets, he spent his time sketching.

There were many people who were great inspiration in his life during his teens. These individuals were drawn from all walks of life. His brother who passed on in exile (Sibusiso Saul Mashinini) aka Minus MaQuestion Kgosing, his mother (Catherine Mashinini) and his dad (Johannes Mashinini), who bought him a light table, gave him all the necessary support, are all of great inspiration to Mashinini.

In later years while studying visual arts, he taught children at the Orlando Donaldson Centre, which is a stone’s throw from his home. Subsequently, he taught children at Dube YWCA working with Zamani Sisters which had stalwarts like Mama Ellen Kuzwayo at the helm.

Mashinini worked in the underground as part of the artists who used their talents to fight for a just cause. Commissioned to design a postage stamp for the inaugural Africa Cup of Nation in 1996, where he worked with Marc de Jogh and Professor Franco Frescura. Inducted for his work, along with 100 illustrious trailblazers who attended Orlando High School. Studied Graphic Design, photojournalism, creative writing and mass communication. Worked in publishing, health, education and the arts and culture.

Presently an exponent of Ubuntuart. Mashinini loves writing poetry, taking pictures and sharing his knowledge with youngsters.

(Thobekile Mbanda)

Thobekile Mbanda, affectionately known as Ntomb’Yelanga, is a conceptual artist and community activist. She uses music as her medium and muse, focusing her work around the preservation, promotion and development of indigenous instruments and music.

She has joined the Phansi Music department and will be assisting with the Youth Development program alongside Thobeka Dhlomo.

She makes and sells Indigenous Instruments like the bow instruments and percussion instruments. She also provides isiZulu learning charts suitable for all isiZulu beginners.

To get in touch with her, contact

(Billy Makhubele)

Billy Makhubele is a foremost expert on the cultural heritage and art forms of the Shangaan, Tsonga and other Northern Nguni groups in the northeast well into Mozambique and Zimbabwe.

He is an avid collector and creator who has been practicing over 40 years. He lives in Giyani with his wives Jane and Irene Makhubele who are also artists. Jane’s work can be seen on the walls of the Phansi Museum as you ascend up the stairs.

He is an old friend of the museum and has helped with the collection and cataloguing of artifacts from the Shangaan, Tsonga, Ntwana, Ndebele and Vhavenda. He has also collected across the country and specifically in the Eastern Cape and Northern Zululand.


Tours of Phansi Museum are open again, taking place from Monday to Friday from 09h00 to 15h00 and Saturdays from 10h00 to 14h00.

International, R80/ Local R70 / Pensioners and students R60.


Pottery classes have restarted at Phansi – classes also include Guitar, Fine Arts, Folklore, Arts and Crafts classes. From November 7, parents who wish to drop off their children at the museum from 09h00 to 14h00 (who are not doing any special classes) are more than welcome to do so at R50 per child and they will have engaging activities.

Any queries and bookings to email: or call 031 206 2889



Phansi Resource Centre

Bank: Nedbank

Account Number: 1160617732

Branch Code: 198765

Swift Code: NEDSZAJJ


Phansi Museum is situated at 500 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood, in Durban. Contact the museum on 031 206 2889 or email or visit