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Eliot Moleba:

He studied Theater Directing at University of the Witwatersrand and recently completed a tour of his play “Sizwe Banzi is Alive”.

Eliot’s venture is to work with Drama for Life, an organization promoting social transformation, to create a play in response to the Marikana tragedy where 45 striking miners were shot during a confrontation with the police. His goal is to use the play to raise awareness and start a large fundraising campaign for the benefit of the children of the deceased.


In the end, we must all move on. Well. Sort of.

He is finally here. If you're in Joburg this October, please join us for the premiere of my new production.
He is finally here. If you’re in Joburg this October, please join us for the premiere of my new production.

When everything else goes wrong, hope is the only thing left to count on.

The play is set against the backdrop of an impending labour unrest; a retired mine worker, John Ledwaba, has become a recluse since the death of his wife. His militant son, Oupa Ledwaba, tries to persuade him to let go of the trauma of the past and live again; that out of the ashes there can be growth, a new life to live. John refuses to let go. Afraid of ending up like John, Oupa forces his father to face their reality he has avoided for many years. Will the father ever “live” again?

Written, in part, as a response to the Marikana massacre, the play asks whether there can be growth through tragedy. It also poses questions of our responsibility, as a society, in the aftermath of Marikana, especially the continuing challenges facing the affected families and children.

“For its often refreshing originality, its successful subtleties of theme and character and its determination to provoke discussion rather than violence; I think The Man in the Green Jacket is a must see play.” Maurice Posniak

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Contact Details

Dear all,

Please note that I have finally set up new email accounts (under my domain).

So from now on whenever you need to contact me, please use the details below:

For potential collaborations and general enquiries:

Email: info(at)eliotmoleba(dot)com

I look forward to interacting with you all!

Press Release: Sizwe Banzi is Alive

Sizwe Bansi is Alive is a new South African play that tells the story of one of the many unresolved mysteries of our wounded people, past and country. The play brings to life multiple characters from the past to interact with our contemporary politics from the perspective of a young man, on a search for his missing grandfather.

The play is by young artists responding to the inherited challenges from the past. They feel the importance and relevance of this dialogue, especially as part of a youth month, is to reflect as young people how our past has played a role in shaping our contemporary socio-politically subjective identities.
Join them on this exciting journey and be a part of their humble professional beginnings as they pay tribute to a past that deeply ties a South African youth together. This entertaining new work, which probes, reflects and opens conversation with one of South African theatre classics as a point of departure, is sure to take you on a theatrical journey of memory and engage the senses.
The play is written, produced and directed by Eliot Moleba in collaboration with the cast: Masiza Mbali, Simpho Mathenjwa and Thato Cele. After its four-day run with seven performances at, the show will visit Cape Town for three weeks from 12 to 28 July, where it will run at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective. It will also enjoy a tour of the local and township schools in Cape Town.
Venue: at Joburg Theatre. When: 6, 7 and 8 June (19:30); 9 June (14:00 and 18:00); 10 June (13:00 and 16:00). Tickets: R50 (R40 for students).
Bookings at or or call  0861 670 670.