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A play by Buntu Mahola (2002).


A group of five black mineworkers debate the issues of racism, intolerance and xenophobia, while doing back-breaking underground work and performing energetic dance routines, about a newly democratic South Africa, a place “Where men have to compete for women, jobs and their next meal, scapegoats will be found and you best not have a strange accent, a slightly darker skin or hopes for a new life in a foreign country” (Hollands, 2002). [Van Heerden (2008)][1] p. 111

Performance history in South Africa

Premièred on the main programme of the 2002 Grahamstown Festival, directed by the author, with Samora Diula, Sindisile Dyasi, Mongezi Ncwadi, Xolani Ngesi and Thembekile Kula.

Staged at the Grahamstown Festival in 2013, directed by Xolani Ngesi, with Andile Siyoli, Lubabalo Mbombela, Mongezi Ncwadi and Mzivukile Adams.

Translations and adaptations


Daily Dispatch, 4 July 2002.

[Van Heerden (2008)][2]

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