Ronnie Govender

Ronnie Govender (born 16 May 1934) is a Tamil South African playwright whose book, At the Edge and other Cato Manor Stories, won the 1997 Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best first book, Africa.

His first play, Beyond Calvary, written during his teaching career which received critical acclaim. He also founded his own theatre company called the Shah Theatre Academy. He wrote The Lahnee’s Pleasure, one of South Africa’s longest-running plays.[1][2][3] His daughter, Pregs Govender, is a human rights activist and former South African member of parliament.[4]


  • An edition of the collected plays of Ronnie Govender, University of Natal, 1991
  • The Lahnee's pleasure. Ravan Press. 1992. ISBN 978-0-86975-087-2.
  • At the edge and other Cato Manor stories, Manx, 1996
  • Song of the Atman, Jacana Media, 2006, ISBN 978-17-7009-186-3
  • Interplay: a collection of South African plays, MANX, 2006, ISBN 978-1-919690-97-1
  • Black Chin White Chin, HarperCollins, 2007, ISBN 978-81-7223-690-8
  • In the Manure: memories and reflections, David Philip, 2008, ISBN 978-0-86486-720-9


  1. ^ Ronnie Govender (South Africa)
  2. ^ Recording a petulant soul
  3. ^ "Collection of plays from South Asian diaspora". The Hindu. 13 August 2009.
  4. ^ "Pregs Govender". Literary Tourism www.literarytourism.co.za. Retrieved 22 November 2014.

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