2 Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Scholarships for Kzn students!

Cape Town performing arts showcase sees two KZN Scholarship winners

Recently, the Baxter Theatre Centre’s Masambe Theatre in Cape Town came alive when 12 talented young performing artists gave their all on stage, in hopes of winning an Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Scholarship.

Funded by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), the 2016 Scholarships Programme will change the lives of these dramatic arts, singing, dance and musical theatre students who clinched Scholarships worth R320,000 in total.

The Cape Town showcase saw these first and second year university students, perform in one of three categories; acting, dance and singing. In the first year acting category, the versatile Thembelihle Ngubo (Pietermaritzburg) was awarded a Scholarship, while Omphile Kgogome (Rustenburg) took home top honours for her incredible opera abilities. Each winner will receive R50,000 towards their studies.

The second year students, who will each receive R35,000 towards their degree or diploma, are multi-talented actress Tshegofatso Mabutla (Western Cape) and electric dancer Awonke Mtojana (Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal).

The ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs says of last night’s victors; “We congratulate and welcome these fine young performers to the ACT family. We implore them to not only take their own development seriously and strive for excellence but that they would pay it forward for the greater good of the industry when they have the opportunity to do so.”

Mrs Thabang Mampane, Commissioner of the NLC says they are honoured to assist these young artists reach their full potential. ACT has been supporting arts students through their Scholarship Programme since 2009. For more information, please visit http://www.act.org.za/programmes/scholarships.html.
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes, ACT provides support for all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. Follow ACT on Twitter (https://twitter.com/actorgza) or like the Trust’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/TheArtsandCultureTrust).


Thembelihle Ngubo
Ngubo is a 19-year-old Drama and Theatre Performance student at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, Pietermaritzburg campus. Beginning her performing arts journey at the Helen O’Grady Drama Academy, Ngubo, in 2014, was on a dramatic arts tour of Shanghai, China. Ngubo loves telling other people’s stories, with the goal of one day telling her own. Performance, for her, is one of the greatest art forms: it gave black South Africans a voice, a platform to speak back in the times of John Khani and Barney Simon. Drama is her voice, her strength, her passion. This year, Ngubo has been in two productions, My Life by Athol Fugard, and #SirensRock, in which she played the lead in at the Grahamstown Arts Festival. Ngubo is currently part of the theatre production of Sarafina.


Awonke Mtojana (Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal).

Awonke Mtojana (Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal).

Awonke Mtojana
Nineteen-year-old Mtonjana was born in Ixopo, KwaZulu-Natal, and raised in Mthatha and Kokstad respectively. He discovered his love for dance through community dancing in UMzimkhulu. His very first role was the Blind Prince, after which he regularly partook in school plays, experimenting in choreography and acting. He later moved to Lady Grey Arts Academy, where he fully immersed himself in the arts. He is currently studying his second year of a Diploma in Dance Education, majoring in Ballet and Contemporary Dance, at the UCT School of Dance. He says his biggest dream is to be on Broadway and television.

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