a MESSAGE FROM our chairperson

Kgomotso Christopher

"Against all odds and being faced with a difficult economy, the Naledi Theatre Awards have grown into the biggest and most anticipated Awards event in the country to recognise and honour excellence in South African theatre. That being said, to find enough sponsorship and funding to sustain the Awards event throughout the year is an ongoing challenge. We are also most grateful to our presenters and entertainers who have so willingly given of their glamour and talent for very low or no fees." 


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My Dear Dawn,
I cannot thank you and the Board and the entire panel of judges for the sterling work you do for the Arts in this country. I know it may seem sometimes that your good work is not appreciated, let me assure you that we who know what it takes to put on such a magnificent evening, we salute you. Also, thank you for honoring this old man one more time. I hope it will continue to encourage new and younger actors and writers to work harder every to meet and reach the very high standards you have set for us all.

Dr John Kani


Hi Dawn,
When great men like John Kani express their gratitude for the sterling work that you do, it speaks for all of us who have to follow in his footsteps. It is a heart-warming letter from John and it gives us all the reason to continue to keep those Naledi's flying high. Congratulations to you again for being the champion behind this award. Congratulations also to John Kani for telling a story that needed to be told --- both on stage through his play; and in his email to you.
Ismail Mohamed
National Arts Festival


Dear Dawn,

Hugh wanted me to pass on his deepest gratitude for the Naladi Award and to let you know how wonderful an evening it was for both of us. You and your team did such a marvelous job of putting together a spectacular evening.

We wish you the best and look forward to seeing you again.

Best Regards.
Elinam and Hugh