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Sunday, December 24, 2023



(Right: Nomthandazo Shandu)

 Tribute from Ismail Mahomed, director of the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.


“Last year on exactly this day (21 December, 2022) I introduced Nomthandazo Shandu who joined the Centre for Creative Arts at the University of KwaZulu-Natal for a one year-long Emerging Arts Managers internship programme.

“Nomthandazo is an ambitious and enthusiastic individual with immense love for the arts and education. She graduated from the University of KwaZulu-Natal with a Bachelor's degree in Drama and Performance Studies and Political Science, and an Honours degree in Drama and Performance Studies.

“During her one-year internship she project managed the Centre’s outreach programmes to schools and community arts centres for all of the Centre’s festivals. During her tenure she strengthened the Centre’s outputs and relationships with its stakeholder community, created strong systems for collaboration and took on several leadership roles under the mentorship of the Centre’s management.

“In January 2024, Nomthandazo will be one of three young South Africans that our Centre will be supporting to participate in an international cultural exchange programme. Nomthandazo will travel to Norway for three weeks to participate and co-curate a work at a literature festival in Bergen. So how did a young graduate with only one year’s experience get to scoop such a valuable opportunity?

 “The answer is simple, “when you enter a building, walk through all its doors with an open mind, clear vision, passion and ambition. You never know which door will lead you to greater vistas!

 “This is what Nomthandazo did during her internship!”

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