Gauteng MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Mbali Hlophe honoured actress Thembi Nyandeni famously known as “Mkabayi” for her drama character on Isibaya with MEC’s Special Award. Nyandeni was recognized for her role of using artists that were showcased in Ishashalazi and Mtjeko dance festivals in her productions of Umoja.

The veteran actress who has performed so many roles in television dramas and series such as Zone 14, Generations, Jacobs Cross and Kwakhala Nyonini just to mention a few, was awarded at the Gauteng Ishashalazi Theatre Awards. The ceremony took place on Friday, 4 December 2020 at The Market Theatre in Newtown, Johannesburg.

A number of stars were awarded to best theatre, poetry and dance productions from the 2020 Ishashalazi Festival staged in February.

The two biggest winners of the night were Tainted, for Best Theatre Production who took home R35 000 and Amagents for Best Dance Production, who took home R20 000. The duo also qualified to represent Gauteng at the coming Isigcawu Festival in Durban.

The piece, Kwanele bagged 2 awards for Best Musical Rendition and Most Promising Theatre Production.

Individual recognition went to Mdengase Govuzela for Best Male Actor and Mbali Ntombela for Best Female Actor.

Life-Time Community Theatre Development were given to Malesela Lucky Khafela and Lekgodi.  Khafela is the founder of Tlhakanang Drama Group in 1990, which groomed many talented children throughout the country, while well-known veteran actor Lekgodi is also a Sports man, Musician, Composer, Songwriter, Dancer, Choreographer, Scriptwriter, Film Maker, Producer, Director and Educationist. 

“Congratulations to all of the winners, whose work continues to showcase Gauteng as the home of artistic excellence.

“The province is a scene of many events even during years of political struggles, which is enough content for creative. We want to see expansion of the arts within communities going beyond the level and category of development but into the mainstream.

For years creative industries have proved to be one of the main contributors in the economy of Gauteng and we want to see this also making an impact at grassroots socio economic conditions,” said Gauteng Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation MEC, Mbali Hlophe.

2020 Winners List:

Best Supporting Male Actor:

Teboho Serapelo                                Kwanele

Best Supporting Female Actor:

Tshepiso Fenyane                 Kings of Kings 

Best Actor Male:

Mdengase Govuzela                    Kwanele

Best Actor Female:                                                             

Mbali Ntombela                                   Tainted

Moment of Brilliance:

Dingaan Khanye                                 Blah Blah Brothers Production                                                         

Best Music Composed in a production:

Generation of Stars                            Kwanele

Best Script:                           

Thabang Mboshane                            The Guy Code

Best Director:

Potsane Mohale                                  Blah Blah Brothers Production                                   

Most Promising Dance Production:


Best Dance Production:


Most Promising Theatre Production:

Generation of Stars                            Kwanele           

Best Theatre Production:


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