Mpumelelo Phanginxiwa is 25 years old from Phillippi, studying Theatre and Performance student at UCT. He trained at Magnet theatre in 2017 and is currently a facilitator and acting director of the International Theatre Project, since 2012. He believes in using theatre to give back to his community and to inspire change and hope. For him, there is value in telling untold and unpopular stories in order to empower unheard and “uneducated” within our communities. Taking part in Mandla Mbotwe’s “G7: Okhwe Bhokwe” (2017) was one of the performances have led him to this ideology, but also taught him the importance of acknowledging all martyred leaders in our history. He has participated in the Zabalaza Festival multiple times: in 2010 with Jackson Vuka’s “The Revolution of Nongqawuse”; in 2017 with Cedwil Klass and Balisa Motlali’s “Democrisis”; and in 2019 with Solomon Mashiane’s “Trapped” – for which he was nominated Best Actor. He has also participated in Ithembalabantu Community Centre; ASSITEJ’s Festival in 2012 and Heritage Day performance in the New Africa Theatre in 2013, amongst others. He was honoured to play "Nothing but the Truth" by John Kani, directed by Mandla Mbothwe. He enjoys the platform of exploration, playing and development that theatre gives.