The Playhouse Company, celebrates its annual SA Women’s Arts Festival in Durban’s Playhouse complex between 2 and 13 August 2022. 
Featuring a stellar roster of cultural icons, this lynchpin event on our county’s Women’s Month calendar has long been one of the flagships of the Company’s yearly Arts Plan.

“Over the years, our role in underlining the great value women bring to bear on all aspects of South Africa’s national life has become one which we cherish with pride,” says Lynda Bukhosini, Playhouse Company’s Chief Executive and Artistic Director. “This year, we have once again curated a programme for our SA Women’s Arts Festival audiences that highlights the gravitas, creativity and joy our women contribute to the well-being of our Society, not least through their wide-ranging impact on South Africa’s cultural landscape.”

The SA Women’s Arts Festival will see an enticing series of events and productions being presented in venues across The Playhouse complex. Headlining the Festival roster are three productions running in The Drama Theatre. These comprise a cutting-edge Dance programme of historic identity exploration, an A-list Gala Concert of Music and Song, and a dazzling evening of high-end Comedy.

Women in Concert, the Festival’s glitzy Gala event, takes place in the Drama Theatre on Friday 12 August at 18:00.

Directed by Ralph Lawson, this will feature a powerhouse line-up of leading artists, including Ami Faku, Xolile Mncwango, Berry Trytsman, and Xolisa Dlamini with Poetry by Siphokazi Jonas.
 MC is  Stacey Norman 
Tickets are R100 per person book via webtickets 

 Siphokazi Jonas
Siphokazi Jonas

Also in the Drama Theatre, All Women Comedy on Saturday 13 August at 14:30, adds a lighter note to the Women’s Arts Festival mix. Sharing the spotlight are KZN’s premier female comics, Jailoshini Naidoo, Lisa Bobbert and Annie Botha. Expect a rollercoaster ride of side splitting fun and laughter. Tickets are R120 per person.

Adding to the attractions of these mainstage events are a line-up of stimulating socio active discussion sessions, as well as a number of free contemporary programmes of music, song and dance.

Finally, two engagingly curated exhibitions will be held in the Main Foyer areas throughout the festival. Nguni Shades themed “My African Dream” celebrates black consciousness, the spirit of Ubuntu and showcases our elegant African fashion. Nguni Shades will profile learners to showcase pieces of their fine African elegance couture that represents Africanism.

Arts and Crafts Exhibition gives a platform to Hlengiwe Dube, specialist author of the culture and language Zulu Beadwork. Ms Dube has been involved in many development projects locally and internationally, passing her skills in beadwork and also in telephone wire weaving.

All Playhouse Company bookings are through Webtickets.

The Regional Network Gathering for the BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa

Siphokazi Jonas is a writer, poet, performer, and producer with a laudable body of work and growing international presence.
Siphokazi Jonas is a writer, poet, performer, and producer with a laudable body of work and growing international presence.

Dirt Under Our Fingernails was produced by Andile Masuku, Siphokazi Jonas, & Brendan “Spike” Ballantine for the Regional Network Gathering for BMW Foundation Responsible Leaders from Sub-Saharan Africa.

What does it mean to be connected to the land we live on? Responsible Leaders Andile Masuku and Siphokazi Jonas produced an audio experience connecting Responsible Leaders across the African continent. In it, they discuss the art and science of eating soil, self-translation, collaboration, and reflect on the power of storytelling to nurture community. 

Here’s how they did it.

Siphokazi Jonas delivers Pan-African Moët & Chandon ‘Toast to Today’ unites 10 countries in Africa on Champagne Day


From South Africa to Dubai, the French Champagne House brought people together in glamorous celebration

Moët & Chandon has been associated with the celebration of success and of life’s most memorable moments for nearly three centuries. It Is the world’s most loved champagne for good reason – with the power to unite people globally in celebration. Champagne Day 2021 provided the perfect moment to do just this, with coordinated Moët & Chandon events weaving a tapestry of collective champagne joy across Africa, Israel, and Dubai. The celebrations culminated in a Grand Toast to Today at 17:43 on Friday 22 October.

Champagne Day provides the perfect opportunity for Moët & Chandon to take its place as the custodian of the moment the world has chosen to celebrate the champagne region – for it is from Epernay, in the heart of the region, that Moët & Chandon originates. Moët & Chandon reflects the diversity and complementarity of the three main grape varieties of the champagne region: the body of Pinot Noir, the suppleness of Meunier, and the finesse of Chardonnay. The Maison, globally revered for its savoir-faire, its historical know-how and state-of-the-art technology – invited glamorous guests across the continent to connect in a series of daytime celebrations. 

This year’s Moët & Chandon Champagne Day experiences spoke to Moët & Chandon’s generosity, grandeur, and savoir-fête (knowing how to celebrate!). In a collective moment, guests across 10 cities raised their glasses to join a Grand ‘Toast to Today’, which took place at 17:43 in homage to the year this iconic Maison was founded. The toast was crafted by Siphokazi Jonas, one of Africa’s leading lights in the art of the spoken word and served to set a suitably celebratory tone. Her words honoured the spirit of celebration, of being united, of a zest for life. She spoke of how shared joy can connect across nations and cultures and reminded guests of the importance of celebrating each day. 

“Events of the recent past have highlighted the importance of acknowledging our daily triumphs, meaningful moments, successes, friends – as often as possible. Too often we are so focused on life’s major milestones that moments we should be acknowledging every day can just pass us by. The Moët & Chandon Grand ‘Toast to Today’ experience served as a powerful reminder to pause and reflect, and celebrate what we have,“ says Dominic RYAN, Managing Director of Moët Hennessy Africa and Middle East. 

Celebrating life’s triumphant moments with elegance is the essence of Moët & Chandon. Guests in each country were invited as honoured icons of success and elegance. South Africa’s champagne glitterati, including the likes of Mihlali Ndamase, Maps Maponyane and Linda Mtoba, gathered for an intimate experience at the Alto234 Bar, Africa’s highest Urban Bar and viewing deck in Johannesburg. Indeed throughout Africa and the Middle East, guests convened at prestigious venues from the One&Only Royal Mirage in Dubai to the Villa Rosa Kempinski in Kenya, to honour Champagne Day in style.

In celebration of the powerful sentiment behind the Grand ‘Toast to Today’, Moët & Chandon created a customised ‘Wall of Toasts’. Guests were invited to recall a personal moment they felt thankful for on their notecard, seal it with a red wax seal and add it to the wall. A poignant reminder to all in attendance of the importance of acknowledging personal moments of joy or success daily. 

Moët & Chandon’s wish to create an unforgettable moment of collective joy to mark Champagne Day 2021 was achieved in style. The Moët & Chandon Grand ‘Toast to Today’ served as a fitting celebration of the brand’s exceptional years of history, its power to unite and the importance of celebrating moments that matter each day. 



Founded in 1743, Moët & Chandon is the Maison that contributed to introducing champagne to the world by offering a range of unique wines for every occasion. From the iconic Moët Impérial to the Grand Vintage Collection, from the extroverted Moët & Chandon Rosé Impérial to the innovative Moët & Chandon Ice Impérial, each champagne dazzles and delights with bright fruitiness, an enticing palate and an elegant maturity.

Since its founding, Moët & Chandon has been a champagne of choice to celebrate historical moments or private moments of great personal importance. For each of life’s memorable moments, Moët & Chandon has a style of champagne that marks the moment in a very unique way.