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Sunday, September 25, 2016


After combing the country for its finest first and second-year university-level performing artists, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) selected 24 finalists who are in the running for NLC Scholarships. These 24 students, who excel in either acting, dance, musical theatre or singing, will go head-to-head at final rounds in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

ACT has been supporting arts students through their Scholarship Programme since 2009. But 2016 is an exciting year for the Programme as there are more Scholarships on offer to Grade 12 scholars and first and second-year university students than ever before.

Funded by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), and supported by the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organisation (DALRO) and the Nedbank Arts Affinity, the 2016 Scholarships Programme will change the lives of dramatic arts, singing, dance and musical theatre scholars and students with scholarships to the value of R800 000.

The first year students to make it through to the acting finals include Thembelihle Ngubo from Pietermaritzburg. The second year grouping includes Yonela Ngoni from Durban.

ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs says of this collection of gifted university students; “Having gone through the national audition process we are confident that the future of the performing arts in South Africa is in good hands. Choosing from the great talent we have seen during the regional auditions was no easy task and we look forward to seeing the careers of these young artists unfold.”

The recipients of the scholarship will be announced on October 1 in Johannesburg at the Con Cowan Theatre on the UJ Campus.

(This information is published on the Arts & Culture Trust’s blog – see