John-Matshikiza-South-AfricaJohn Matshikiza was born in Johannesburg in 1954 and grew up in Lusaka and London , where he trained in drama between 1974 and 1977. While in England he worked in theatre, television and film, as an actor, director and writer. He worked with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal National Theatre, among others, and on BBC, ITV and Channel 4 television channels.


He returned to South Africa in 1991 where he has directed plays at the Market and Windybrow Theatres; written and directed documentaries and dramas for television, such as the six-part documentary series "Africa Salutes Mandela," and two episodes of the historical drama series "Saints, Sinners and Settlers", as well as appearing in various films. Matshikiza is currently an associate editor and columnist for the Mail & Guardian based in Johannesburg . His published works includeSouth Where Her Feet Cool on Ice (poetry),Prophets in the Black Sky (drama), and a collection of his and his father's columns entitled With the Lid Off. In 2002 John Matshikiza was the winner of the Regional and National Vodacom Journalist of the Year Award in the Specialist Category for his column With the Lid Off. After being Director of Culture at the Goree Institute, Senegal , Matshikiza recently became a Fellow at the University of Witwatersrand at the Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER).


South Where Her Feet Cool on Ice, Lo Honyera, London , 1981

Prophets in the Black Sky, Polyptoton, London, 1986

With The Lid Off, Mail & Guardian Publishers, 2000