Duma Ndlovu

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Duma Ndlovu
Born Duma Ndlovu
(1954-10-12) October 12, 1954 (age 68)
Orlando West, Soweto
Johannesburg, Gauteng
South Africa
Other names Duma ka Ndlovu
Education Sekano Ntoane High School
Alma mater Hunter College
  • Filmmaker
  • Playwright
  • University Professor
  • Television Producer
  • Business Executive
  • Journalist
  • Casting Director
Years active 1974 - to date
Known for
Children Mbulelo Makapela

Duma Ndlovu (born 12 October 1954) is a South African filmmaker, poet, playwright, journalist, university professor, television producer, casting director and business executive. Arguably the very best among his peers, Duma Ndlovu is the mastermind behind SABC 2 longstanding soap opera, Muvhango, which has become one of the longest running shows in South Africa. Duma Ndlovu is also the hand behind the number one show in South Africa, Uzalo.

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Early Years

Shortly after graduating Duma Ndlovu began writing for the World Newspaper. In 1975 he founded Medupe Writers Association, with a national reach, the group sought to encourage young black writers. Like many progressive ideas from black communities, the group was thwarted by the Apartheid government. Duma Ndlovu left South Africa for the United States where he completed his Master's Degree at Hunter College, New York. While in the United States he worked as a theatrical producer and was instrumental in raising overseas interest in the South African Township stories.

In 1985 he founded Woza Afrika Foundation, which sough to the arts in South Africa and produced shows which featured South African artists. Duma Ndlovu was instrumental in bring to Broadway some of South Africa's finest plays including Mbongeni Ngema's Woza Albert! and Asinamali. As the apartheid system was crumbling, the return home to South Africa for many was eminent; in his final years in New York Duma Ndlovu was teaching African American literature and music at the State University of New York, Stony Brook.

Return to South Africa and Word of Mouth

Duma Ndlovu returned to South Africa in 1992 and founded his now illustrious production company, Word of Mouth. His well known work from that period is Bergville Stories. He later wrote and produced famous plays such as The Game, The Journey, The Ritual, and Memeza.

In 1997 Muvhango went on air; arguably Duma Ndlovu most television successful production. He is also behind South Africa's number one show, Uzalo as well as etv's prime time telenovela, Imbewu: The Seed.


  1. IMDb, Duma Ndlovu, 17 April 2020
  2. The Voice of SA, Duma ka Ndlovu on Why I joined Facebook, 17 April 2020
  3. Discogs, Duma Ndlovu, 17 April 2020
  4. Sowetan LIVE, Don't come here without a degree - Muvhango creator Duma Ndlovu warns, 17 April 2020
  5. Clarity Films, Duma Ndlovu 12 October 1954 -, 17 April 2020
  6. WOM Pictures, Duma Ndlovu, 17 April 2020

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