Melisizwe is Zulu word for community represantive. It is community based theatre institution registered as a nonprofit generating Organization [registered under section 21] started operating in 1988 under the leadership of DARLINGTON MICHAELS ALSO KNOWN AS “PAPA G” and the late MICHAEL LUBISI who are professionals and established actors, script writers, music composers / arranger and community leaders. The core areas of focus for this organization is to identify and groom acting talent, providing theatre training and skills development to unemployed youth and produce world class educational plays with its first stage production entitled “ABABHEMI” Highlighting the plight of the street kids. This won a MERIT AWARD in the in Grahamstown Arts Festival. Then in 1993 followed by a play entitled “RAINBOW CHILDREN” which was a voter’s education.