Buhle Ngaba

Actress and Writer.

Buhle studied acting and contemporary performance at Rhodes University before continuing to University of Leeds (UK) to study processes of performance. She was a member of Ubom! Eastern Cape Drama Company and performed several productions at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival, and across South Africa.

Buhle spent six months touring Cape Town and Johannesburg with the critically acclaimed musical, Blood Brothers, directed by David Kramer. In 2015, she performed in the world premiere of John Kani’s play, Missing, at the Baxter, directed by Janice Honeyman. The play toured internationally for more than two years and earned her nominations for Best Supporting Actress for both the Fleur Du Cap and Naledi Theatre Awards.

Buhle recently won two Kanna Theatre Awards including best upcoming artist for her first play, The Swan Song. She is hoping to perform the show nationally as well as internationally in 2018. Buhle was recently nominated for a Fleur Du Cap Theatre Award for Best Leading Actress in a play for Nadia Davids’ What Remains.

Buhle she received the Brett Goldin Bursary, with the opportunity to expand her knowledge and acting ability of Shakespeare at The Royal Shakespeare Company (Stratford, UK).

In 2016, she was voted number 1 in The Superbalist Top 100 List. She was also named one of the Mail and Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans.

As the founder of KaMatla NPO and author of The Girl Without A Sound, Buhle seeks to promote diversity in children’s literature and aid the development of the arts in underprivileged communities and to develop the legacy of storytelling amongst the youth.  

Through her writing, acting, and work at KaMatla NPO, Buhle empowers black youth, and especially black young women, to find their own voices in a world where they are often disempowered and dismissed.

 Buhle will be one of our MCs at this year's Design Indaba Conference. Book your tickets.