Luvuyo Kakaza studied journalism at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and received further training at the Mail & Guardian in Johannesburg, writing about theatre, music and visual arts. He joined The Sowetan as an arts writer and was recruited to join the now-defunct This Day as TV editor. Luvuyo later worked for City Press in arts and lifestyle before joining the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008.

While studying journalism, he freelanced for The Cape Times under the mentorship of Marianne Thamm, Fiona Chisholm and the late Molly Green. In 1992, he wrote a play called Entwined Lives which traveled to Toronto and performed at the Young People’s Theatre. It was also staged at the National Arts Festival and the Baxter’s Studio Theatre in 1993. In 2013, he established a successful jazz series in the Western Cape townships called Jazz in the Native Yards.

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