Calvin Ratladi profile

(SAFTA)-winning artist Calvin Ratladi has been appointed as the curator of the international theatre project, A Gathering in a Better World.

Calvin Ratladi (born 29 January 1991) is a South African director, writer, actor, performer, and choreographer. He is best known for playing Goloza in the hit drama series Shaka iLembe.

In 2022, Calvin Ratladi bagged the Saftas Outstanding Person with Disability Contributor Award.

Early Life

Calvin Ratladi
Calvin Ratladi biography
Calvin Ratladi won outstanding Person with Disability Contributor Award.
Personal Information
Full Name:Calvin Ratladi
Born:29 January 1991 (age 32 years old)
Place of Birth:Witbank, Mpumalanga
Nationality:South African
Alma mater:Tshwane University of Technology
Occupation:Director, writer, actor, performer, and choreographer
Height:5’0 feet
Hair color:Black
Languages:English, Sepedi, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Setswana, Sesotho

Calvin Ratladi was born on 29 January 1991 in Witbank, Mpumalanga Province.


Calvin Ratladi holds a B.Tech degree in Drama from the Tshwane University of Technology. He graduated from the Department of Drama and Film in 2016. He is a UP Masters Degree Candidate.


Calvin Ratladi
Calvin Ratladi plays Goloza in the historical drama series Shaka iLembe.

Ratladi is a performer and has appeared in many theatre appearances since 2013. He was a Performer in Intussnin in 2013. He played Animus & Ensemble in Dis[illusion] in 2014.

In 2015, he was a performer in Dipolelo Gotswa Borwa. He played Estragon in Waiting For Godot in 2015 and Father Timm in Bremen Coffee in 2016.

From 2017 to 2018, he played Man in Human Pieces II. In 2019, he performed as Conductor in a production directed by Phala Ookeditse Godot-Logue. He played Diver in Plunge Avatar 2019.

Ratladi has worked behind the scene and has written and directed many productions. He directed Miles Julie in 2015, King Lear in 2016, Silent Scars in 2017, The Train in 2018, Rhoda Miller in 2018, and The Dead Chant in Death in 2018. 

Calvin wrote and directed in Nongqawuse in 2019. He founded a theatre productions organization Calvin Ratladi Foundation in 2010. 

In 2022, Ratladi received the Outstanding Person with Disability award in SAFTA. He holds a Naledi Award. He plays Goloza on the hit drama series Shaka iLembe. In 2019, he received the Lesedi Spirit of Courage Award. He is the first Black Person to receive it since the award’s inception three years ago.

Calvin has authored many books like The Ram And Its Behind. He co-wrote Roots in The Sky and MaNgoyi – The Life of Lilian Ngoyi. He is the curator of the international theatre project, A Gathering in a Better World (GIABW).

Personal Life

Calvin Ratladi speaks English, Sepedi, isiZulu, isiXhosa, Setswana, and Sesotho.



  • Plunge Avatar (2019) as Diver
  • Godot-Logue (2019) as Conductor
  • Human Pieces II (2017-2018) as Man
  • Bremen Coffee (2016) as Father Timm
  • Waiting For Godot (2015) as Estragon
  • Dipolelo Gotswa Borwa (2015) as Performer
  • Dis[illusion] (2014) as Animus & Ensemble
  • Intussnin (2013) as Performer

TV Show

  • Shaka iLembe as Goloza

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