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NEW PLAYHOUSE MD (article first published : 2000-11-13)

The new Managing Director of the Playhouse Company, replacing CEO Johann Zietsman who left at the end of last year, is Professor Caesar Maxwell J Ndlovu. In announcing the new position, the board of directors thanked the Playhouse Company for “holding fort” during the application process and expressed their sincere appreciation to all management and staff for their professionalism during the long interim period.

“We are extremely proud to announce the successful applicant after a very rigorous, marathon interview process,” says Edmund Radebe, Chairman of the Playhouse Board. “Professor Ndlovu is an outstanding candidate for the position. He is highly experienced and has the right type of qualifications in order to best serve the needs of The Playhouse Company, KZN and our country as a whole. “

Professor Ndlovu (50) leaves his position as head of the music department of the University of Transkei to assume his duties at The Playhouse Company on December 1. He holds several degrees, including an MA in social anthropology and ethnomusicology from Queens University of Belfast, Northern Ireland, and a PhD in music and musicology from Rhodes University. A musician himself, he is currently composer and conductor of the Redemption gospel choir at the University of Transkei.

He has worked as a teacher at Chesterville High School and Ntuzuma College of Education and as a music producer for the SABC. From 1990 to 1997, he was chief inspector of music in schools offered by the department of education and training in the Transkei. In the field of the performing arts, he has extensive managerial experience and has been involved in policy making, fundraising, staff training and human resource development.

From 1995-1997 he served as chairman of the Umtata Arts and Culture Council and this year he was appointed by the Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology to serve as a panelist in the drawing-up of policies for the National Oral History Programme and the National Traditional and Indigenous Music Archiving.

He has published several academic articles on African music and his most recent publication, Arts Education in South Africa: Problems and Solutions was presented at the Ilitha Conference on arts education in Grahamstown.




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