Mlungisi Mkhayiphe appointed as the new CFO

The Market Theatre Foundation appoints Mlungisi Mkhayiphe as the new Chief Financial Officer

Mlungisi Mkhayiphe joins the dynamic senior management team at the Market Theatre Foundation under the leadership of Tshiamo Mokgadi, Chief Executive Officer with multi award winning director James Ngcobo as Artistic Director.

Mlungisi is an experienced finance executive with extensive experience in financial management. He is skilled in Corporate Strategy and Planning, Strategic Financial Management, Financial Accounting & Reporting, Financial Analysis. He holds a Bachelor of Accounting (B.ACC) focused in Accounting and Finance from University of KwaZulu-Natal and a Post Graduate diploma in Management Accounting (UNISA). His has extensive academic and working exposure to legislation/accounting standards such as: Public finance management Act (PFMA), Treasury Regulations, Municipal finance management act (MFMA) etc.

He takes over the reins from Christine McDonald who took early retirement from March  2022. McDonald was appointed in 2003 and joined the foundation as a consultant brought in by the Department of Arts and Culture to implement a turnaround strategy and provide  change from the foundation’s disarray financial state to a financially stable institution. In addition to her financial portfolio, she has successfully managed building projects for the foundation worth more than R150 million. Since her arrival the Market Theatre Foundation has enjoyed clean financial audits.

My journey at the MTF of 18,5 years started in October 2003 with a 6-month contract – and here I still am! Les Phillips and Seelan Naidoo (a consultant) interviewed me, and they motivated to John Kani (the CEO at the time) to appoint me.” Thanks a lot for the guidance. I learnt so much from people like Malcom Purkey, Regina Sebright, Vanessa Cooke, and many others during the 18 years. I am very glad to say I leave behind a very capable Finance Department” said Christine.

The truth is Managers, not processes run an organisation, as the trio challenge themselves to finding new ways of sustaining and managing this iconic institution to inspire future generations.

The newly appointed CFO Mlungisi Mkhayiphe had this to say “It is an honour to join the MTF. I view this as an opportunity to learn and also contribute to the realization of the organisation’s vision. This position comes with a huge responsibility of ensuring compliance, safeguarding, effective and efficient management of the MTF resources. My assessment of the MTF’s annual reports shows that it is a financially stable organisation, I will dedicate my energy to stabilize and ensure that the theatre continues on a solid growth path.

The Market Theatre Foundation will continue being a leading institution that provides opportunities to South Africa’s emerging voices, nurturing practitioners and development of young creatives.

For more information please contact Lusanda Zokufa 072 367 7867 or Desmond Mathebula 062 329 4741

Skhumba Hlophe Live #CanWeLaughAlready

Skhumba Hlophe Live #CanWeLaughAlready

2021 was a crazy long and hard year with a lot of ups and downs. We need to let our hair down and forget about the stresses we have encountered throughout the past year.

This BRAND NEW ensemble, khumba Hlophe Live #CanWeLaughAlready, will bring that much needed comic relief. Join Skhumba as he brings his A list Comedian Friends to ensure that when people leave they have their stress levels brought down immensely.

Dates: 13 & 14 April 2022

Time: 19:00

Ticket Prices: R200

Block Bookings: 0832464950 / 0784344860

Feeling Good

Feeling Good

Your favorite Afrikaans comedian that speaks broken English is back! Stronger, funnier, and with a thicker snor. When we say ‘stronger’ we mean mentally. Physically he still has the body of a very tall grade 5.

Schalk wrote a show during the lockdown. A very, very funny show (we haven’t seen it, but Schalk gave us his word). Come and join Schalk for an evening of comedy. This might be his funniest show yet. Because, more than ever, he is Feeling Good.

Dates: 28 – 30 April 2022

Time: 20:00

Ticket Price: R200

Block Bookings: 0832464950 / 0784344860

Diaparo Tsa Mama


Returning to the Market Theatre writing sphere is SAFTA nominated writer and director Rorisang Motuba who brings us a heart-warming drama, Diaparo Tsa Mama (My Mother’s Clothes). The original play follows three sisters who, on the eve of their mother’s funeral, are duty-bound to sort through their beloved matriarch’s clothes in search of the perfect outfit to bury her in. Their sensitive nostalgia morphs into harrowing discoveries about life, grief and family.

Written and directed by passionate and gifted young director Rorisang Motuba, who studied Drama, Political Science and Film & Media Studies at the University of Cape Town, where she starred in and produced a number of projects. Following her graduation, she was accepted to the prestigious New York Film Academy and Baron/Brown Studio in Los Angeles, US, where she studied and graduated Magna Cum Laude at the aforementioned institution. After her three-year stint studying Acting and Writing for Film, she returned to Johannesburg where she began pursuing a career in the arts. Since then she has written and starred in numerous South African and international productions and continue to honour her heritage as a natural born storyteller.

Ziaphora Dakile, Lesoko Seabe and Dimpho More will star in this heart-warming drama that deals with emotions of loss and womanhood.

The sisters debate culture, duty and motherhood as they sort through their deceased Mother’s clothes. One sister must choose their mother’s final resting clothes whilst the other navigates her grief and guilt in a one act play that is a mediation through loss, life and the pursuit of closure.Ziaphora Dakile is new to the Market Theatre stages, she is an actor, poet, production assistant and dialect consultant. She is a graduate of the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (NYC) where she was also a Company member. Recent theatre credits include: Yellow Card, Red Card directed by Tamilla Woodard ( in NYC), Me and the Girls (with Alan Cumming in NYC) directed by Douglas Carter Beane, and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory directed by Jenine Collocott. Off Broadway credits also include: Homecoming Queen (production assistant at The Atlantic Theater), The Revolving Cycles Truly and Steadily Roll’d ( production assistant at The Duke on 42nd street) and Mies Julie( dialect consultant at The Classic Stage Company).

Lesoko Seabe has performed across South Africa, Spain , The Netherlands, Denmark and The United Kingdom. Her most recent stage credits include playing Siobhan in The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime for which she was nominated for a Fleur du Cap best supporting actress award ; Lena in Clybourne Park, Mother of All things in Siembamba which won the Standard Bank silver ovation award and In Her Shoes which she co- wrote and was directed by Standard bank Young Artist Award winner for dance Luyanda Sidiya

Dimpho More is an actress and director from Nelspruit, Mpumalanga residing in Johannesburg. Having received her qualification in Performance arts and Theatre Skills at The Market Theatre Laboratory, she has since been establishing herself in the Entertainment industry. Her career highlights ‘Itsoseng’, ‘Six Characters in Search of an Author’, ‘Children’s Monologues’ and ‘June 16 Monologues’.
diaparo tsa mama is sponsored by the Department of Sports Arts and Culture’s Incubation programme.


Writer and Director                             Rorisang Motuba

Sound Designer                                  Vangile Z Mpumlwana

Lighting Designer                               Ali Madiga

Costume Designer                              Phumelele Dlamini

Set Designer                                       Philani Masedi

Stage Manager                                   Happy Simelane

Lighting Designer Mentee                  Zandile Jongolo

Costume Designer Mentee                Maria Mahlangu

Set Designer Mentee                          Khumo Pulumo

State Manager Mentee                       Lutendo Cynthia Mudau


Dimpho More

Lesoko Seabe

Ziaphora Dakile

Age Recommendation                         PG13

Season:                                               18 March – 10 April 2022

Venue:                                                   The John Kani Theatre                                            Performance times:                              Tuesday – Saturday 19h00 and Sunday 15h00

Ticket prices:                                        Tuesday – Thursday R90.00

                                                               Friday – Saturday R150.00

                                                               Sunday R130.00

To make block bookings and discounts please contact Anthony Ezeoke 011 832 1641ext 203/ 083 246 4950 or Bandile Luvalo 078 4344 860.

For further information:

Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist Market Theatre 011 832 1641 ext 202

or 072 367 7867 or

Last Thursdays!

Last Thursdays!

On the last Thursday of every month, The Market Theatre Foundation welcomes you to the hottest new event in Joburg!

Immerse yourself in the feel good city vibes while surrounded by the Market Theatre’s rich artistic history.

A night filled with live music by South Africa’s hottest music acts, exhibitions and theatre, this promises to be a night you won’t forget in one of the oldest and most iconic Art Districts in South Africa.

Line up: Rythmic Deep and The Muzikal Frik

Date: Thursday 26 May 2022

Time: 17:00

Tickets Prices: R40 p/p

At The Door R60 p/p

The Market Theatre Foundation beefs up its Management Team with dynamic appointees!

The Market Theatre Foundation beefs up its Management Team with dynamic appointees!

Isaac Bongani Mahlangu (Head of the Market Photo Workshop)
Gerard Bester (Head of the Windybrow Arts Centre)
Denise Rapitsi (Marketing and Communications Manager).

The Market Theatre Foundation, in spite of the difficulty in the recent years has not only maintained its global appeal but is now  looking at intensifying its brand reach by adding dynamic voices to its team with organizational growth and diversification as the main objectives for the next couple of years.

The recent appointments will ensure that the Foundation achieves its vision of creating an authentic South African cultural experience which is committed to providing the highest level of artistic excellence in all aspects of the performing and visual arts.  

Joining the Foundation’s management team is Isaac Bongani Mahlangu (Head of the Market Photo Workshop), Gerard Bester (Head of the Windybrow Arts Centre) and Denise Rapitsi (Marketing and Communications Manager).

We have an exciting task of maintaining the prestige of the organization along with the responsibility of ensuring its longevity and relevance in the industry, keeping up with the rapid changes of the student curriculum, finding interesting ways of keeping up with our competitors and also finding new exciting projects that will assist us in cultivating new audiences. It therefore was important for us to look for the finest people in the industry to add to the already dynamic team at the Foundation. It is always a daunting task to find the perfect fit for any position but hardly a month in they have adjusted so well to the high paced environment. I  am looking forward to the next few years with them and their integration with the rest of the team with the aim that the combination will propel the institution to further heights. ” said Market Theatre Foundation CEO Ms Tshiamo Mokgadi.

For interviews and images please contact:

Lusanda Zokufa, Senior Publicist
Market Theatre 011 832 1641 ext 202 or 072 367 7867

16 days of Activism

16 Days of Activism

The 25th of November marks the beginning of 16 days of Activism, a global movement that calls upon the nation to be advocates and activists against issues that affect us on a daily such as gender-based violence, discrimination and hate against our fellow citizens. As part of the 16 days, 4 international days of commemoration are branched under the umbrella of the movement, these are; International day of no violence against women, International Human Rights day, World aids day and the International day for people with disabilities.

Community play SIFU (The Cage) wins the Market Theatre Zwakala Festival for 2022

The Market Theatre continues to tickle the curiosity of South African audiences with its distinctive voice in the curation of its artistic programming in 2022.

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This is a story from the past, a story that still lives in the present and one that will continue to be a staple in the history of mankind for centuries to come. When one of the most important masterpieces of Italian literature meets the art of dance and the beauty of some of the South African languages, the only possible outcome is an experience that will leave you questioning the secrets of the afterlife.


To celebrate 700 years of the death of the Italian poet Dante Alighieri, Joburg Ballet and Italian Institute of Culture of Pretoria have collaborated to create a dance performance based on Alighieri’ “The Divine Comedy taking the audience on a journey through the first realm of the great beyond:


For the first time since it was written, parts of the poem have been translated into the South African languages of Zulu, Sesotho, Xhosa and Afrikaans. This extraordinary event has been the inspiration behind the creation of this ballet and it represents one of its key elements, together
with the wonderful score by Hans Zimmer “The Gladiator which accompanies the story beautifully. The journey of our protagonist, Dante, is narrated through music, dance and spoken word, and it takes us among some of the most conic sections of the poem, in a scenery filled with desolation and eternal despair. You will experience the concept of Hell through the eyes of the Italian poet as he
within the depths of eternal damnation, meeting historical and mythical characters from centuries long
gone, listening to their stories of life and death and taking us face to face with Lucifer himself. Abandon all hope, you who enter here”.

“Dante and Virgil in the Ninth Circle of Hell” by Gustave Doré


Blood Knot – is love color deep?

Blood Knot – is love color deep?

Global theatre icon Athol Fugard’s production Blood Knot will make its unmissable return to the world renowned Market Theatre stages for a limited season 15 October – 14 November 2021. Join us as we deliver this remarkable classic as part of the 45 year celebrations.

Multi award winning theatre creatives team up for the first time to bring to life this timeless production sixty years after its first premier in 1961. This highly regarded  play makes its return to the Market  under the directorship of the Artistic Director James Ngcobo starring multi-dimensional acting veterans Mncedisi Shabangu and Francois Jacobs.

Television dynamite actor Francois makes his long awaited return at the Market Theatre in a riveting role that will challenge him like never before.

Fugard pens the most amazing piece that tackles the theme of Brotherhood. The play is based in the suburb of Korsten in Port Elizabeth,  a place packed with people who are desperately trying to find an opportunity that will offer them some hope.  

We witness how the two brothers navigate the intricacies of being stuck in a place that offers them nothing but it’s squalor and the poverty they are confronted with every single moment. They are forced to dream of another reality, something else beyond. The theme of hope is very present in this play. Blood Knot has a very delicate conversation with our present realty, it poses questions about the collective journey that we have embarked on as a society, its pertinence to the contemporary landscape and how much about it is, timeless. 

Blood Knot is dedicated to the memory of the great Zakes Mokae who made the role of Zacharia famous.

What will be exciting to audiences is Shabangu  coming home to his first love and his interpretation of the role of Zacharia will leave audiences breathless and yearning for more riveting theatre. He has over the years mastered every role given to him across television and theatre. He will hold nothing back as  he delivers a pulsating and enduring performance!

 Blood Knot delves into the bone of love between brothers the kind that transcends skin color! Like all great classic plays Blood Knot is both relatable and searingly intimate!

Audiences will be treated to premium theatre production that will give them a performance that tackles race, love and brotherhood in a way they have never experience before. Catch this unmissable production for as little as R150 – Book your seats now!