Naledi Theatre Awards
The Naledi Theatre Awards were introduced by the Theatre Managements of South Africa (TMSA) in Gauteng in 2003. [Replacing the DALRO Awards(?*) and the VITA Awards which disbanded in the late 1990’s?*]. "Naledi" means shining star in Sotho and Tswana. The executive director is Dawn Lindberg, the patron is John Kani, and the board members are Dali Tambo (chairman) Welcome Msomi and Ismael Mohamed.
The first awards were made at the Sound Stage in Midrand in 2003. Over the first decade the awards have recognised more than 2,000 nominees and 250 winners and have recognised 55 lifetime achievers, all of whom have left an indelible mark on the industry:
The lifetime achievement winners are:
2005: Dale Cutts, Lillian Dube, Fiona Fraser, Neels Hansen, John Kani, Phyllis Klotz, Joyce Levinsohn, Joe Mafela, Michael McCabe, Zakes Mokae, Smal Ndaba, Nomhle Nkonyeni, Winston Ntshona, Dolly Rathebe (posthumous) and Wilna Snyman.
2011: Evita Bezuidenhout
Community theatre and children's theatre haved also been recognised by the Naledis, as have emerging directors and performers - who have been given a platform to not only stage their work, but be exposed to the vibrant South African theatre industry.
See also Awards.
The Star, 15 February 2005.
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