Local pupil wins premier scholarship

2013-10-04 00:00

HILTON schoolgirl Naledi Majola has achieved her dream of winning a scholarship worth R315 000 from the 2013 Arts and Culture Trust (ACT), Dalro and Nedbank Performing Arts scholarship competition.

Speaking to The Witness, however, she said she was still trying to come to terms with her win.

“It’s very surreal. When they called out my name people pushed me out of the wings onto the stage. It didn’t feel real … and it hasn’t completely sunk in yet.”

Naledi, a Grade 12 pupil at St Anne's College, competed against Capetonians Arlin Bantam, Sinead Donnelly and Michaela Moses, Sibusiso Mxosana from the Eastern Cape and Johannesburg-based Kamogelo Nche in the finals, held at the University of Johannesburg on Monday.

She had to complete a gruelling week of rehearsals before doing solo performances in singing, dancing and acting in front of a live audience at UJ.

“It was a very, very intense rehearsal process for six days, but we got to work with some incredible industry professionals. I learned so much during the rehearsals, so the performance on Monday was the cherry on the top,” Naledi said.

The young actress and musician, whose family lives in Umhlanga, plans to use the money to fund her studies for a Bachelor in Live Performance at Afda in Cape Town.

Naledi takes drama as a subject and has been performing in school productions for the past four years, including Chicago, Lysistrata and 2013’s Edge of Glory. She also plays the piano, and is a member of the school choir, the chamber choir and the jazz band.

Managing director of Dalro, Advocate Nathi Gaisa, said: “A competition that is as tough as this one, has served to highlight the outstanding talent we have in South Africa today. The arts play a critical role in the fabric of society and these young, aspiring artists represent the very best of that.”

Scholarships were also presented to Arlin, a Grade 12 pupil at Settlers High School in Cape Town, and Kamogelo, a Grade 12 pupil at the National School of the Arts.

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