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Thursday, June 13, 2013


Aspiring presenters are invited to audition to MC the Finals of the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank 2013 Scholarship Awards.

After a series of countrywide auditions due to take place in July, the fifth annual ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships will culminate in a final performance, hosted by UJ Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg, on September 30, 2013.

Six finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their acting, dancing and singing abilities to a live audience and an independent panel of judges as they compete to win one of three performing arts scholarships, with a combined value of R315,000. Performed in the format of a variety show, the showcase of their talents needs to be brought together by a charismatic presenter into a seamless performance for the audience and judges to enjoy.

“MCing the Performing Arts Scholarship Awards was the best thing that has happened to me!” says Bongani Nomcweya, host of the 2013 Scholarship Awards Finals. He went on to say “MCing the competition opened another door in the Nedbank house – as a result, I also MCed the Nedbank Community Builder's Awards Ceremony and it was also a great success - I was told I did an ‘Outstanding Job’!” His advice to those auditioning: “They must remember to be their best and to 'ar-ticu-late' - one of the things I kept on forgetting to do - and to the one who is going to get it, they must work to keeping the audience’s stomachs painful throughout, but most of all they should have FUN!”

Auditions for the person to fulfil this role of ‘dynamic host’ will take place around the country on the same dates as the auditions for the Scholarships themselves. There is no registration fee, and interested candidates can apply in writing, to Rahiem at

Auditions will take place in Durban on June 22 at Stable Theatre.

Auditions will also be held in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg and Bloemfontein. For more information or to register for participation in the scholarships programme, visit