The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) Awards for 2013 were held on 8 November 2013 in Johannesburg.
Afrikaans writer, Elsa Joubert, born in 1922 which makes her 91 years old, received the ACT Lifetime Achievement Award for Literature. This is only the second year that this award has been made, it having gone to Nadine Gordimer in 2012. Her most famous novel is Die swerfjare van Poppie Nongena. This has been translated into English as Poppie Nongena, the life of an African woman, but the heroine as well as the author are Afrikaans. I am going to make a point of reading this in Afrikaans in the coming months.
Professor Pitika Ntuli won the 2013 ACT Lifetime Achievement Award for Visual Art. He is a sculptor and he makes use of various media in order to create his works. He is also a poet.
The 2013 ACT Lifetime Achievement for Music went to Latozi Mphahleni, better known as Madosini. This extraordinary woman was born outside Umtata in the Eastern Cape in 1943 and she is the foremost indignenous musician in South Africa, both making and playing them, singing and dancing. SAMRO (Southern African Music Rights Organisation) are one of the sponsors of these awards and it is significant that for many years Madonsini’s music was played on the radio without her ever receiving any royalties for this. Thanks to SAMRO Madonsini and many other musicians get given their due. Because the ancient indigenous music culture is endangered, Madosini is regarded as a national treasure.
Sandra Prinsloo was awarded the 2013 ACT Lifetime Achievement Award for Theatre. Over the years I have had the opportunity to sit in audiences while Sandra Prinsloo has woven her spell. She made South African theatre history when she appeared opposite John Kani in Miss Julie in 1985, the first white South African actress to appear on stage in love scenes with a black actor. She is equally at home in English and Afrikaans theatre and has more than 100 productions to her acting credits. Most recently I saw her in The Sewing Machine (Die Naaimasjien) but for the life of me I can’t remember whether I saw it in English or Afrikaans.
Young (first five years) professional artists are also acknowledged in the ImpACT Awards and these went to Blessing Ngobeni, a former convicted criminal who served time in prison, for Visual Arts, Poorvi Bhana, a young African Indian woman who draws heavily on her heritage for inspiration, for Design, Motlatji Ditodi, a young actress who is regularly seen on Johannesburg stages, for Theatre and Camron Andrews, all round multi-genre musician, for Music and Singing.
The judging panel consisted of Brenda Sakellarides, Gita Pather, Steven Sack, Usha Seejarim, Sifiso Kweyama, and Concord Nkabinde.
Sponsors of this event include, the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT), Media 24 Books, SAMRO, DALRO, the Vodacom Foundation, the Distell Foundation, Business and Arts South Africa and Classicfeel Magazine.