Brief History

A chance meeting at a Festival, between Smal Ndaba and Phyllis Klotz led to the establishment of Sibikwa Community Arts Theatre Project in 1988. It was a time of school boycotts, civil unrest and youth without a focus. A meeting held by anxious parents in the East Rand township of Daveyton inspired Smal Ndaba to start a project that, through the partnership with Phyllis, has been running ever since.

Phyllis has been involved in applied theatre for many years and has toured South Africa extensively with a wide range of topics. She directed and co-wrote the seminal piece of South African theatre “You Strike A Woman You Strike A Rock”

Phyllis Klotz 

Playwright, Director. Has initiated arts programmes to assist street children, offenders in prisons and directed plays which focus on community issues. Bra Smal has conducted workshops in Zimbabwe, Botswana, Canada, Singapore and the USA.

Smal Ndaba

What we do

  • Encourage Learning through the Arts
  • Create Jobs in the Arts Industry
  • Develop a canon of South African Performance
  • Train our students to be professional and responsible and empower them with marketable skills
  • Train practicing classroom teachers to facilitate in Arts & Culture classes in keeping with developments in South African education
  • Equip young people with life skills
  • Use the arts as a tool for community development
  • Act as a conduit between different communities
  • Use the Arts to enhance the process of transformation and social cohesion