Two from NC make shortlist

2015-09-02 06:00

MASEGO MOLOTO (20) Photos: Supplied

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TWO Kimberley-based performers have secured a position in the top-six of performers nationwide, shortlisted to share the R315 000 towards a scholarship to study in the performing arts.

Tshegohatso Mothelesi (23) and Masego Moloto (20) might be the ones to be granted the opportunity to further their studies at any accredited South African tertiary institution of their choice.

This is as part of the seventh annual Act Dalro Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarship Programme, which encourages youths between the ages of 18 and 25, who are not considered professionals, and wish to pursue undergraduate studies in the performing arts, to participate in a national competition.

The top three participants will be awarded grants of R150 000, R105 000 and R60 000 respectively.

The finalists will join a creative team, comprising industry professionals, from 6 to 12 October in Johannesburg, where they will undergo intensive rehearsals in preparation for the final round hosted for the first time by the Market Theatre in Johannesburg’s Newtown Precinct.

According to the Arts and Culture Trust (Act), the regional rounds attracted the participation of 194 candidates, showing the growth of the programme since its inception in 2009.

The judges revealed during the auditions how impressed they were with the hunger in the performances of the four Northern Cape dancers.

Mothelesi, who matriculated at the Vuyolwethu High School, has mastered Latin, ballroom, ballet, contemporary and Spanish dance.

She has participated in numerous competitions, and among her many achievements, has come first in Latin.

Moloto, on the other hand, who expresses her emotions at the poetry and drama club at the Mayibuye Dance Academy, sees those platforms as a way to achieve her dreams.

Among her many achievements, Moloto received the 2013 student of the year trophy from the Mayibuye Dance Academy and a 2014 certificate for best Spanish student. Moloto feels that physical expression, music and emotion are the fundamentals of life.

“The standard of auditions in areas where aspirant performers have less access to development opportunities is surprising and encouraging. We are delighted that our national search for passion and potential yielded great results with five of our finalists coming from areas in the country considered as under-served,” says Pieter Jacobs, Act chief executive officer.

“Once again Dalro is incredibly proud to be part of this amazing programme. We would like to congratulate the finalists on their selection and wish them the best of luck with their final performances. At Dalro we feel that it’s important to not only keep performing arts alive by means of our day-to-day business, but to also give back to the industry, by contributing to this programme,” says André Cloete, supervisor for theatrical rights at Dalro.

Tobie Badenhorst, head of sponsorships and marketing at Nedbank, highlighted that the Performing Arts Scholarship Programme had unearthed great talent, proving that South Africa has hidden gems that when discovered and polished, can indeed play an integral role in the socio-economic development of our country.

“As a bank for all, Nedbank will continue to provide our communities with the resources they require to make things that really matter happen,” says Badenhorst

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