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Tackling the gender divide in theatre and performing arts is close to Mokgoro Ntshieng’s heart. The celebrated theatre doyenne is bent on bringing female theatre professionals to the forefront of the industry.
The R150-million Soweto Theatre will do more than boost tourism and the performing arts in South Africa's famous township. It forms part of a multi-million rand "culture-led" urban regeneration project in the area, and in pure visual terms has made an immediate impact on its surroundings.
Once a dusty, dry and forgotten dormitory for South Africa's "city of gold", Soweto is staking its claim to Johannesburg's riches. At the same time, it is becoming a vibrant, sustainable and economically active city in its own right.