Deon Nebulane, 38 years of age, is a Cape Town-based, freelance actor, poet, interpreter, production assistant and community worker. He is very passionate about community development, diversity and the integration thereof. Deon was born in Bergville, KwaZulu Natal, a location linked to the system of migrant labour during apartheid; he started school is Lady Frere, Eastern Cape; and he was raised in Mbekweni township outside Paarl, Western Cape. He’s very fond of his ancestral background in the Eastern Cape yet very proud of Paarl, the place he calls home. Deon was nurtured by cultural activities during school, performing in many festivals—primarily drama, gumboot dance and isiXhosa/isiZulu dance festivals. After gaining theatre training from such NGOs as Community Arts Projects and Young People’s Theatre Educational Trust, Deon enrolled at UCT and graduated with a Performer’s Diploma in Theatre (PDT). Thereafter his career blossomed with appearances on local TV dramas and adverts, as well as a string of local and international theatre performances. Deon recognises that a freelance career must be backed up by multiple talents: Deon is an experienced isiXhosa teacher and an English-Xhosa translator at Ubuntu Bridge, where he has been since 2009. The clients he’s trained include the City of Cape Town, Old Mutual, Compass Biscuits, Cape Town Tourism, Traffic Management Technologies, Grand Slots, Desmond Tutu HIV Foundation, Metropolitan and many more. Deon has been staying in Khayelitsha since 2010 and has no intention to relocate anytime soon.