Museum’s ‘Theatre Friday’ ends

2018-11-08 06:00
Yandisa Magagana (best museum volunteer), Anele Kalipa (employee of the year), Masa Soko (museum manager) Amanda Koba (hard worker award) and Nontsikelelo Cotiyana (extra mile award).

Yandisa Magagana (best museum volunteer), Anele Kalipa (employee of the year), Masa Soko (museum manager) Amanda Koba (hard worker award) and Nontsikelelo Cotiyana (extra mile award).

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The Lwandle Migrant Labour Museum, in conjunction with Kuyakhanya Productions, ended its popular Theatre Friday initiative on a high note on Friday 2 November.

The organisations held an awards ceremony to recognise outstanding performances of participants throughout the year. The evening started with a performance from its group of participants, followed by the awards ceremony.

Museum manager Masa Soko said the museum had a good year, and she felt it was necessary to close Theatre Friday in an appropriate manner. “As we all know, this was the last production for the year, so we decided to host the awards ceremony with the final staging,” she explained.

“But things were done a bit differently this year. Last year, Kuyakhanya Productions awarded its actors, and this year it decided to do things differently by awarding its fan base.”

Soko said museum staff also formed part of the selection panel, voting for the most deserving fans, the accolade taken by whoever received the highest number of votes.

A volunteer award was also handed to Yandisa Magagana for his sterling work at the museum.

“Yandisa is always there for the museum in anything we want to do,”Soko explained. “He is always on time to help out in whatever we do and assist wherever he can.

“Even if it is a marketing event for the museum, he is always in the forefront without being asked to assist or attend.”

Soko praised the production team for the quality of work displayed this year, adding that the professional quality of the stage work had also generated more fans for the production company and the museum.

“The seriousness in which they approached the production in all its phases was evident in the number of people who came to watch them,” Soko said.

“People are so used to the good performances and don’t want to miss out.”

Soko said the Theatre Fridays will continue next year and is expected to start in February.

According to Khanyiso Thakholi, manager of Kuyakhanya Productions, the year had been fruitful for the organisation and its members. He said the company was looking forward to 2019. “We thought we should award our fans who have been supporting us throughout the year,” Thakholi said. “Their support means a lot and we wanted to show them our appreciation for their unending support.”

Kuyakhanya Productions has grown exponentially over the past year and was involved in many projects. It awarded seven certificates to its fans on the night.

The night’s winners were:

Outstanding male supporting fan – Siyanda Ntyuthwana
Outstanding female supporting fan – Olwethu Tyimi
Best male supporting fan – Phumlani Gatyeni
Best female supporting fan – Noxolo Mzotsho
Most promising male supporting fan – Ayabonga Bobeni
Most promising female supporting fan – Zintle Masekwani
Most motivated fan – Zizipho Cadu


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