A memorial service for the late veteran playwright and filmmaker Cont Mdladla Mhlanga is being held at the Bulawayo Amphitheatre today, National Arts Council of Zimbabwe executive director Nicholas Moyo has said.
Mhlanga died on Monday and was accorded a State-assisted funeral.
“The memorial service will be held to celebrate his life and honor the contributions he has made to the arts and culture sector and in Zimbabwe and beyond.
“A drive through the city will be done before the funeral cortege proceed to Lupane for the burial, which will be held on Saturday morning,” Moyo said.
The family will hold a more intimate memorial service at Amakhosi Township Square on Friday.
Moyo said Zimbabwe has lost a great son and a national asset and that the creative and cultural industry has remained poorer by the departure of such an illustrious creative.
Mhlanga wrote more than 20 plays among them The Good President, The End, Sinjalo, Amakorokoza, Children on Fire, Games and Bombs, The Members and Vikela.
He also adapted the popular play Stitsha into a TV series.
He also directed Bamgqibela Ephila and Omunye Umngcwabo.