Theatre / Gymnasium

Azania challenges South African citizens by reflecting on our past through the narrative of Bantu Africa’s search for his long-lost daughter.

At a young age, Bantu’s house is burnt down by an angry mob who suspected his father of colluding with the apartheid government. It is then that he is welcomed in by the Van Tonder family, enabling him to meet his future wife, Zandile. Zandile dies right after giving birth to their child, Azania.

While he promised to protect the child, he spends time away from her due to his work. One day Bantu comes back to the news from the Van Tonders that his daughter has disappeared. Later he finds a letter from Azania explaining her reason for leaving.

The story touches on historical events in South Africa, including matters of missing people during apartheid.


Writer & Director: Xola Mziwakhe
Songs composer: HloniphaniArt, Tsepo Da-optimist, Xola Mziwakhe.
Technical Designer: Fezeka Shandu
Stage Manager: Nompilo Ntshangase
Actor: Sibusiso Sithole
Musician: HloniphaniArt Mthethwa

  • Venue: Gymnasium
  • City: Makhanda
  • Location: Victoria Girls High School, Beaufort St, Grahamstown, Makhanda, 6139
  • Ticket Price: R80.00
  • Genre: Theatre
  • Duration: 60mins
  • Ages: 14+
  • Language: English & isiXhosa
June 30, 2022   10:00 - 11:00
July 01, 2022   12:00 - 13:00
July 02, 2022   16:30 - 17:30
July 03, 2022   10:00 - 11:00