Can Temba: The Teacher In The Newsroom

Can Themba’s life, writing, teaching, the ecstasies and anxieties are relived through the voices of his former students, mentees, colleagues and public intellectuals. This dynamic and edifying documentary deftly weaves together elements of Themba’s life and career, recreating the sparkle and pathos of Sophiatown and the Drum era. Can Themba: The Teacher in the Newsroom is an essential and highly entertaining piece of history told with admirable erudition.

Production Credits

Executive Producer: Siphiwo Mahala

Co-Directors: Siphiwo Mahala & Wiseman Mabusela



Anne Themba – Wife

Ahmed Kathrada – Liberation Struggle Activist

Don Mattera – Poet and Former Journalist

Joe Thloloe – Mentee & Former National Press Ombudsman

Juby Mayet – Mentee & Former Drum Journalist

Jurgen Schadeberg – Photographer & Former Colleague at Drum

Keorapetse Kgositsile – National Poet Laureate

Mangosuthu Buthelezi – Former Schoolmate

Mbulelo Mzamane – Writer & Former Student

Mothobi Mutloatse – Playwright & Publisher

Muxe Nkondo – Academic & Former Student

Lindiwe Mabuza – Mentee & Former Diplomat

Nadine Gordimer – Nobel Laureate for Literature

Njabulo S. Ndebele – Writer & Academic

Parks Mangena – Friend & Former Journalist

Peter Magubane – Photographer & Former Colleague at Drum

Pitika Ntuli –Mentee and Sculptor

Sol Rachilo – Former Student



Sello Maake kaNcube as Can Themba

  • Venue: Olive Schreiner
  • Location: Monument Building
  • Programme type: Curated Programme
  • Genre: Film
  • Duration: 60 mins
  • Ages: 10+

There are no performances for this show.