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THERE's always been far more to Makhaola Siyanda Ndebele than having a famous father, Professor Njabulo Ndebele. Ndebele the younger has carved out a name as a stage and screen actor, a writer, a director, a producer, a dramaturge and an academic. Now he’s entering the civil service as the artistic manager for Joburg City Theatres, and he’s more than up for the challenge.This week Ndebele (44) made history by winning a Naledi Theatre Award for Lepatata, the first all-Setswana play to be staged at the Market Theatre and the first to win a major theatre award. Ndebele was also nominated for his direction of this pioneering play by Moagi Modise, which scooped the Naledi for Best Ensemble.But this respected dramatic arts professional is not the type to brag about such achievements.He’s not all flash and no follow-through: he’s a softly spoken and industrious worker bee who is as much ideas-driven as he is results-driven.His personality ought to be a good fit for Joburg City Theatres, th...

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