We are using this play to promote awareness about the implications of how the Marikana massacre will affect the families left behind. But more importantly, we will collect donations that will go to the education of the children left behind.
The Fund will be collecting donations both locally and internationally to support the education of the children of those who died in the Marikana tragedy, with the hope of raising enough funds to cater for primary, secondary and tertiary education. To make donations as an individual or an organisation, please see the details below:
The bank details for deposits are:
First National Bank
Branch Code: 256505
Account number: 50520051851
SWIFT number: FIRNZAJJ (overseas deposits)
Reference: The Marikana Fund – surname
Education Africa can issue section 18A certificates to any South African donors which are tax deductible.
Tax incentives are also available to US (501 3C) and UK (charitable status) donors – these deposit will have to be made directly to these offices. Should you require more info, please contact Education Africa’s Operations Director, Linda Gould on the following details:
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
Eliot Moleba is a story. His story is of a playwright, theatre-maker and director based in Johannesburg, South Africa. He is very passionate about storytelling and believes that we, as human beings, are made up of no more than a collection of stories. As such, these stories continuously shape and influence who he was, is and will be. Given this immense power of storytelling with the potential to change or transform us, Moleba uses it as a device to identify, highlight and advocate for social transformation and change issues in South Africa. He believes that it is through our stories that we remind ourselves and each other what it means to experience, share and embrace our common humanity.
Why am I here?
In partnership with Drama For Life and Education Africa, Eliot Moleba has founded The Marikana Scholarship Fund to aid the displaced and stranded children of the miners who were tragically killed in the confrontation with police at the Marikana mine in South Africa. The labour unrest across the country, especially the Marikana tragedy, has left many families without breadwinners. This initiative is founded on the belief that unless something is done to help secure the future of the affected children, the perpetual cycle of illiteracy and unemployment will continue to rise and remain an epidemic for the next generation, and that education is the key to breaking the cycle.
The Fund will be collecting donations both locally and internationally to support the education of the children of those who died in the Marikana tragedy, with the hope of raising enough funds to cater for primary, secondary and tertiary education. The project will also partner with local and international universities and schools.
Eliot Moleba has also created a theatre production, The Man In The Green Jacket, which is, in part, a response to the Marikana massacre. The theatre production openly dramatizes the question of how such a tragic event will affect the immediate (and extended) family members of the late miners. It will tour locally and internationally to raise both awareness about the tragedy and funds for the communities directly affected by the aftermath.
Sizwe Banzi is Alive (working title) is back again but now for its professional debut on stage at POP Art!
Through a presentational style, Masiza Mbali and Simpho Mathenjwa, brings to life a few multiple characters who will take the audience through a heartfelt story of a young man’s search for his grandfather, name and past. A definite blast from the past! by new, young, fresh and creative theatrical minds.
Join us on this EXCITING story and be a part of our humble professional beginnings as we pay tribute to a past that ties a South African people together. Even more so, come and enjoy a journey of a new work that is a reflection and a conversation with one of South African theatrical classics! This experience is guaranteed to leave all your senses enthralled and met with a theatrical delight!
Directed by : Eliot Moleba
We run from the 5 – 8 April 2012!
Thursday – 8pm Friday, 8pm Saturday, 3:30pm and 8pm Sunday.
Tickets are selling at R80 pp
For every action there is a consequence. For every missing man there is a family living with the mystery of his disappearance. Sizwe Banzi is Alive is a new South African play that recounts a story which is one case of the many unsolved mysteries of our wounded past, people and country. We bring you a heartfelt story of a young man’s search for his grandfather, name and past. A definite blast from the past! by new, young, fresh and creative theatrical minds.
Join us on this EXCITING story and be a part of …our humble professional beginnings as we pay tribute to a past that ties a South African people together. Even more so, come and enjoy a journey of a new work that is a reflection and a conversation with one of South African theatrical classics! This experience is guaranteed to leave all your senses enthralled and met with a theatrical delight!
Performed by: Thato Cele, Masiza Mbali and Simpho Mathenjwa
Directed by: Eliot Moleba
This past week, Joburg was thrilled by an innovative performance of Sizwe Banzi is Alive. The theatrical work, directed by Eliot Moleba boasts a cast of two immensely talented actors: Masiza Mbali and Simpho Mathenjwa. Through a startling lack of props and a bare stage, the cast effectively captures its audience as they bring to life the beautiful and equally heartbreaking tale of so many families of this country.
South Africa is a diverse nation struggling everyday to heal the wounds of the past. It’s powerful and promising present has been starkly cut out from a painful past but how is the present defined? It’s defined by those living in it and most importantly, by their identity. Sizwe Banzi is Alive explores this concept as well as the problems and emotions arising from the struggle to find that identity. The journey undertaken in this play is not the journey of one man but rather it highlights the personal struggles of many South Africans today.
Watching this show is not a one hour experience. The story lingers with the viewer long after the show has closed. The play maintains a brilliant balance of drama, suspense and a touch of humour; truly an eye-opening experience and a pleasure to watch!
This review was written by Erin-Dianne Richards on the 12th of July 2012.