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Sunday, November 6, 2011


(Photo by John Hogg: Nomagugu Gumede)

Last month, some of SA’s brightest young talents were revealed when the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarship winners were announced.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) in partnership with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) presented the Final Round and Awards ceremony of the Scholarships Programme at the Globe Theatre at Gold Reef City.

Six finalists took to the stage for a final performance before the judging panel announced this year’s winners, Nomagugu Gumede and Tankiso Mamabolo. They took top honours over finalists Jody Fortuin, Tanielle Powell, Anzio Kevin September, and Ilse-Lee van Niekerk.

Two scholarships to the combined value of R210,000 were awarded to Gumede and Mamabolo and they will be at liberty to select their preferred performing arts course at any accredited South African tertiary institution.

“My passion for stage performance and musical theatre in particular has brought me here,” says Nomagugu Gumede. “I am delighted to have been chosen and would like to utilize the scholarship to pursue my training at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Winning the Scholarship more than rewards me but serves as a motivation for people in the KwaMashu area where I’m from.”

The ACT Scholarships Programme is funded by DALRO and Nedbank Arts Affinity and is supported by Gold Reef City Casino (host of the Scholarships final). Sleepy Gecko Guesthouse (sponsoring the accommodation for the scholarships final); media partner - Classicfeel Magazine; and Talent Etc™ (will provide the two winners the opportunity to sign up with Talent Etc™ as soon as their studies have been completed).