Smal Ndaba

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Smal Ndaba (194*-) is an actor, stage manager, playwright.


He matriculated in 1966 and attended Workshop '71 training.

Contribution to SA theatre, film, media and/or performance

He played the lead in African Odyssey in 1977. Theatre Action Group (TAG) seminar: Smal Ndaba, Baxter Theatre, 1991, D.E.T. Boys High,.

He wrote the plays (some in collaboration with Phyllis Klotz) So Where To?, Uhambo, Ubuntu Bomhlaba – The Humaneness of the World, (a musical), D.E.T. Boys High and devised Kwela Bafana with Phyllis Klotz.

With Phyllis Klotz, Smal was one of the founders of the Sibikwa Community Theatre Project.

Awards, etc

He received the 1999 Greater Benoni Achievement Award for International Recognition in Performing Arts.

He won a Naledi Lifetime Achiever Award, February 2005.


The Star, 8 Oct 1991.

D.E.T. Boys High programme, 1991.

National Arts Festival programme, 1993. 41.

The Star, 15 February 2005.

Phyllis Klotz and Smal Ndaba (eds.) 2023. Strategies for Survival at SIBIKWA 1988 – 2021. Landmarks of South African Theatre History. Oxford and New York: Routledge.[1]

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