XOLISWA Nduneni-Ngema realised at the age of eight that she was not cut out for the stage. "I was made the lead actress in one of Gibson Kente’s plays and I froze. So they made me a cashier. And that’s how I got sold on the arts," she says.So began the career of one of South Africa’s most prominent arts administrators. Her experiences counting the takings from the community plays in Daveyton on Johannesburg’s East Rand, escorted by her older brother who was a security guard, and later as treasurer of her Umtata high school’s drama society, taught her about dealing honestly and ethically with other people’s money.Those heady township theatre days seem a lifetime away from the cold business realities awaiting her next month, when she starts her new job as CEO of the combined Joburg City Theatres, made up of the Joburg Theatre, the Soweto Theatre and the Roodepoort Theatre. Such is her enthusiasm that she is already on site this month, learning the ropes. The city council thought it pr...

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