A
 
Web www.artsmart.co.za
A R T S M A R T
arts news from kwazulu-natal

miscellaneous news
www.artsmart.co.za
enquiries@artsmart.co.za
 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
 

NB: as of 23 September 2008, all new artSMart articles are being published on the site news.artsmart.co.za.

NEW PLAYHOUSE COUNCIL (article first published : 2004-10-4)

The National Minster of Arts and Culture, Dr V Pallo Jordan, has appointed the new Council (formerly Board) of The Playhouse Company in Durban. This has been instated for a three-year period with effect from September 01 2004 until September 01, 2007.

Headed by its new Chairman, Mr Modise Moatlhodi, the Council comprises high profile business and community leaders and arts practitioners, and includes a Supreme Court judge.

Chairman Moatlhodi is CEO of Public Sector Banking, FirstRand Group, and has previously served on the Interim Council for The Playhouse Company under its former Chair, Councillor Mina Lesoma. Modise Moatlhodi holds an MBA degree and has a proven track record of success in marketing management, strategy and business leadership.

Lesoma, currently eThekwini Municipality's Deputy Head of Regional Centres, has herself accepted an invitation to be reinstated as a Playhouse Council member, along with several other previous members who have been invited to return to the new Council.

These include Dr Thandi Ndlovu, a longstanding socio-political activist and a medical doctor, now much involved with marketing issues related to social housing projects and institutional upgrading. Dr Ndlovu is Chairman of the Motheo Group and serves on several corporate boards besides the Playhouse Council.

Professor Ugandra Naidoo, Head of the Department of Accountancy at the Durban-Umlazi Campus of the University of Zululand, also returns to the new Council; as do Ms Justice Leona Theron, the youngest judge to be appointed in South Africa; Mr Bongani Tembe, CE and Artistic Director of the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, an accomplished opera singer and one of Africa's leading arts administrators; Councillor Roger Ashe, representing the Pietermaritzburg City Council; and Rev Dabula Thusi, a school principal who also works in the pastoral ministry in the Inanda District.

The Playhouse Council welcomes three distinguished new members to its ranks, each with proud track records in the public and private sectors. They are: Dr Rumilla Naran, noted sociologist and skills development and capacity building consultant, who holds a PhD from the University of CA, Berkeley, Graduate School of Social Welfare and Public Health; Mr Duma Ndlovu, the celebrated South African poet-author-journalist with impressive international credentials; and Ms Gugu Moloi, CEO of Umgeni Water.

The announcement of the Council was well received during a meeting held at The Playhouse in Durban on October 1 at which members of the Council were introduced to the full staff complement of The Playhouse Company.

Says Chairman Moatlhodi: "We as members of the new Playhouse Council undertake to continue the firm hands-on approach that has characterized the work ethic of the former Playhouse Interim Council with regard to all aspects of The Playhouse, from its financial and administrative operations to its commitment to serving the creative needs of KwaZulu-Natal artists and audiences."

"The importance of the arts in our fast-developing country cannot be overstated," says Moatlhodi. "I exhort all captains of business and industry to come forward and make their presence felt by materially supporting the endeavours of arts bodies such as The Playhouse Company. Together we in the Corporate Sector can make a really strong impact on our society through the cultural productions we help mount, particularly on the education and development front of the arts industry."




 A current news
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
letters to the editor
home page
archives A
crafts - dance - drama - film & tv - literature
music - supper theatre - visual arts
miscellaneous news - festivals
a co-production by caroline smart services and .durbanet. site credits
copyright © subsists in this page. all rights reserved. [ edit ] copyright details  artsmart