'Sizwe Banzi is Dead' a 1972 play that speaks to today's generation

The play, Sizwe Banzi is Dead is currently showing at the Baxter Theatre until 12 September.

Directed by John Kani, this award-winning theatre play looks at the universal struggle for human dignity, as a black man in apartheid-era South Africa tries to overcome oppressive work regulations to support his family.

John Kani and Winston Ntshona won a Best Actor Tony Award for their performances in the original adaptation of this classic play 40 years ago.

CapeTalk’s Africa Melane standing in for John Maytham spoke to cast members of Sizwe Banzi is Dead, Atandwa Kani and Mncedisi Shabangu.

Atandwa Kani is a son to director and playwright, John Kani. He says during the production of the play there was no father and relations, it was work.

According to Mncedisi the play was written in 1972 but the storyline is still relevant in 2015.

Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show with Africa Melane standing in:


Recommended

by NEWSROOM AI
Read More
Parly chair gives Energy Dept second chance to explain fuel prices next week

Parly chair gives Energy Dept second chance to explain fuel prices next week

Department officials were a no-show at a meeting in Parliament on government’s plan to mitigate increases in fuel prices.

Uphill struggle: City denies reports CPT's new electric buses can't climb hills

Uphill struggle: City denies reports CPT's new electric buses can't climb hills

The City of Cape Town says there's no truth to reports that the new R128 million electric buses can't climb up hills in the CBD.

This expert says contracts drawn up as comic strips should be legally binding

This expert says contracts drawn up as comic strips should be legally binding

Lawyers in South Africa are said to be experimenting with these binding documents, “written” in pictures.

[LISTEN] What's Turkey got to do with the plunging rand?

[LISTEN] What's Turkey got to do with the plunging rand?

The rand plunged to a 2-year low against the dollar in early trade on Monday. An investment analyst explains why.

Hout Bay fisheries officials forced into hiding after violent protests

Hout Bay fisheries officials forced into hiding after violent protests

Department spokesperson, Khaye Nkwanyana, says that many government employees feel that their lives are under threat in Hout Bay.

John Maytham's Book Review: Murder, teenage angst and quantum physics

John Maytham's Book Review: Murder, teenage angst and quantum physics

John shares his three book picks for the week.

Popular articles
The UAE is pumping billions into the Horn of Africa

The UAE is pumping billions into the Horn of Africa

The Money Show's Bruce Whitfield interviews Africa correspondent Lee Kasumba

Uphill struggle: City denies reports CPT's new electric buses can't climb hills

Uphill struggle: City denies reports CPT's new electric buses can't climb hills

The City of Cape Town says there's no truth to reports that the new R128 million electric buses can't climb up hills in the CBD.

'Minnie understood he might become a target'

'Minnie understood he might become a target'

Marianne Thamm wrote the forward to 'The Lost Boys of Bird Island' and worked with Mark Minnie in editing the controversial book.

[WATCH] 'I write about the world that I see' - Indian author Arundhati Roy

[WATCH] 'I write about the world that I see' - Indian author Arundhati Roy

Indian writer Arundhati Roy shares profound insights about her literary life and what inspires her to put pen on paper.

[LISTEN] Is your phone listening in on your conversations?

[LISTEN] Is your phone listening in on your conversations?

MD at World Wide Worx Arthur Goldstuck explains how your phone may record your voice conversations.

[READ] Owner of CPT's YogaZone responds to racial claims made by yoga instructor

[READ] Owner of CPT's YogaZone responds to racial claims made by yoga instructor

Africa chats to the owner of YogaZone after a yoga teacher called in to speak about the racism she experienced from a co-worker.

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

'Black Tax'... working hard, earning well, but struggling financially

Young(ish) South Africans tell stories of the mixed emotions they feel when supporting family members, and tips from an advisor.

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Castro bodyguard shares tales of dictator’s double life and breath-taking wealth

Juan Sanchez shares stories of Fidel Castro that’ll make you re-examine everything you thought you knew about the Cuban dictator.