ACT | DALRO | Nedbank scholarship winners

Magic has been made – Zola Myeza and Hope Maimane were named the winners of the Performing Arts Scholarships 2010.

Myeza, a grade 12 learner from Danville Park Girls’ High School in Durban, received the ACT | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarship and Maimane, from Elkanah House High School in Cape Town, was named the second ACT |DALRO Performing Arts Scholarship winner.

This was announced by the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank at the ‘Magic-in-the-Making’ Finals and Award ceremony held at the Globe Theatre, Gold Reef City, Johannesburg on Tuesday 28 September.

With the popular TV personality Rorisang Thandekiso as the MC, six finalists acted, sang and danced their hearts out to an audience of family, friends, media personalities, sponsors and the exacting panel of judges. The 2009 winner of the inaugural ACT | DALRO Performing Arts Scholarship Steve Norman, now furthering his studies as a Drama student at Cape Town University appeared as the guest performer of the evening.

The evening’s programme culminated in an emotionally charged awards presentation with two ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships, with a total value of R105 000, being awarded to Zola Myeza and Hope Maimane.

On the announcement of her win the emotionally overcome Myeza burst into tears, while Maimane let out a whoop of delight and danced excitedly around the stage.

The two 2010 winners are at liberty to study their preferred performing arts course at any accredited South African tertiary institution of their choice. They, together with the four runners-up, received Nedbank Arts Affinity Investment accounts of R5 000 (R3 000 courtesy of Nedbank and an additional R2 000 from DALRO).

The runners-up were Gerhard De Lange, a Best Actor award-winner and chairperson of his Framesby High School Drama Club; Pallance Dladla, a Parktown Boys’ High School learner, who has achieved full colours in Drama and has appeared in KFC and Kellogg’s adverts; Nicole Fortuin, a learner at Settlers High School, Cape Town, who has received SA colours for dancing and has danced in the USA and Russia and Rebecca Hartle, the “I know without a doubt that I was created to perform” 18-year-old learner from Port Elizabeth. Besides receiving the Nedbank Arts Affinity Investment accounts, the four runners-up also received a book hamper each from Exclusive Books.

“After a fantastic final we have two exciting stars in the making. What a thrilling prospect for these young talents. Hats off to ACT for its superb organisation and to fellow sponsor, Nedbank, for joining us in celebrating the arts through education” said Gérard Robinson, the Executive Director of DALRO. Maseda Ratshikuni, Head of Cause Marketing Nedbank concurred, “Nedbank’s investment in the advancement and promotion of the arts is well documented and I am delighted to say that, based on the standard of applicants in this year’s scholarship finals, the future looks bright. Congratulations go to tonight’s winners for their outstanding achievement.”

The judging panel, convened by Brenda Devar, chairperson of ACT and actress, singer, writer and creative catalyst, included icons and luminaries in the theatre industry, internationally acclaimed theatre producer Richard Loring; popular Scandal‘s actress Nthati Moshesh; Jayesperi Moopen, founder and artistic director of Tribhangi Dance Theatre; Bryan Schimmel, a leading musical director and Jennis Williamson, an Artist agent and manager.

“We were privileged indeed this evening to be witness to the spark present in each of our six finalists. We are confident that their spark will continue to burn and that they will all blaze a trail into the creative industry. We congratulate our two winners. We wish you well as you embark on your studies. We will be watching you with deep interest as your careers take flight,” said Devar after the judging.

Speaking on behalf of ACT’s patron Athol Fugard and the ACT Board of Trustees, Devar thanked DALRO and Nedbank for their vision in supporting the ACT Scholarship Programme, “the Arts & Culture Trust is there to make a difference in the lives of South Africans. The receipt of the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarship is a life-changing achievement and it is humbling to know that we have indeed made a difference in the lives of two fledgling artists, who will doubtless be in full professional flight in no time at all,” she said.

This annual Scholarship provides an opportunity for two young upcoming performing artists to study all the disciplines associated with the performing arts at an accredited South African tertiary institution of the of winners’ choice. Grade 12 learners from across the country auditioned for a place in the finals. Regional rounds were conducted in Gauteng, Free State and KwaZulu-Natal. A national round also took place in Grahamstown as part of the South African National Schools’ Festival. The regional adjudication panel auditioned well over a hundred learners.

This now prestigious event on the Performing Arts annual calendar highlights DALRO and Nedbank’s continued commitment to arts and culture development, promotion and preservation in South Africa.

The ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships will continue to play an important role in launching the careers of many of young South Africans.

The ACT Scholarships programme is funded by DALRO and Nedbank and is generously supported by Gold Reef City Casino, Sleepy Gecko Guesthouse, Exclusive Books, Talent Etc, Provantage and Classicfeel Magazine.

Notes to the Editor:

About the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organisation (DALRO)
DALRO is a multi-purpose copyright society administering various aspects of copyright on behalf of authors and publishers. DALRO’s main areas of administration are reprographic reproduction rights (photocopying from published editions), public performance rights (including stage rights for book musicals and dramas) and reproduction rights (whether for publishing or copying) in works of visual art. For more information please visit http://www.dalro.co.za

About Nedbank
Nedbank is a Founding Trustee of the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT). The Nedbank Arts Affinity programme was started in 1994 and comprises a suite of banking products including credit cards, savings accounts, current accounts and the recently launched investment accounts. When a client uses any of these banking products, Nedbank makes a donation to ACT on behalf of, and at no cost to, the client.

About Gold Reef City Casino
Home to two of South Africa’s finest arts and entertainment venues, Gold Reef City Casino offers one of Johannesburg’s top venues for local and international productions, the luxurious Lyric Theatre with 1100 seating capacity, as well as the smaller, intimate Globe Theatre.

About Sleepy Gecko Guesthouse
The guesthouse is a new establishment in the heart of trendy Melville in Johannesburg. Situated at the corner of 7th Street and 3rd Avenue, Melville, it is right on the doorstep of the ‘vibey’ bars, restaurants and shops. For more information please contact Greg on 011 482 5224.

About Exclusive Books
South Africa’s leading book retailer, Exclusive Books has 50 stores in major shopping centres and at major South African airports. Its flagship store in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, stocks up to 70 000 titles. In keeping with the group’s strategy of expanding into Africa, Exclusive Books has recently opened its first store in Botswana.

About Talent Etc.
Based in Johannesburg, Talent Etc. is an artists’ management agency representing a cross-section of both well-known and up-and-coming artists. Ranging from singers, MCs, dancers, actors and voice-over artists, the agency also runs several independent campaigns exclusively for artists signed with the agency.

About Provantage
Provantage is a flexible activation and media company that develops and delivers activation and media solutions that translate into sales. http://www.provantage.co.za

About CLASSICFEEL magazine
CLASSICFEEL is an award winning monthly arts, culture and lifestyle magazine that brings the best in classical and jazz music, dance, visual arts, film and theatre, as well as food and travel, to its readers. Dedicated to promoting arts and culture in South Africa the magazine speaks to a quality South African lifestyle for people with a love of the creative arts. With a clean, sophisticated design CLASSICFEEL prides itself on bringing a diverse spread of local and international arts and culture to its readers. The magazine has garnered many prestigious awards, including an Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Award, as well as several PICA Awards for excellence in publishing and the coveted BASA (Business and Arts in South Africa) Award.

About the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)
The Arts & Culture Trust is South Africa’s premier, independent arts and culture funding and development agency. For more information log on to http://www.act.org.za, for regular updates follow ACT @actorgza on Twitter or network with the ACT group on Facebook.

Artslink.co.za Account:
Di Sparks
Behind the Scenes Communications
disparks@artslink.co.za
011 648 7385
073 208 8483
Arts & Culture Trust (ACT)
http://www.act.org.za

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