Bursary Support from the UCT Foundation

January 2009 | Spring 2009
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Hlengiwe Precious Mkhwanazi (BMus, Opera 2nd year), Hlengiwe chose music because she has a passion for music, more especially opera. She has participated in various opera and choral music competitions. Hlengiwe wrote in her letter of thanks, “… when there are people who are always behind you appreciating the fact that you have done well, that feeling makes one want to continue doing great and work harder each and every day.”

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Musa Ngqungwana (BMus, Opera 2nd year), Musa recently travelled to Verona Italy and made it through the semifinals for the role of Ping in Puccini’s Turandot. He entered the finals and was chosen for two roles, that of the Mandarin and Ping. He will be in Verona, till February the 3rd after the last theatre performance and then go back to Cape Town to commence his final year in the opera programme. This is a name to watch.

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Stembiso Mhlanga, (MBChB, 2nd year), Stembiso chose to study medicine so that he would be able help people and make a direct medical impact on the lives of vulnerable young and older people.

Jocelyn Moodley (BBusSc, Hons Actuarial Sciences, 2nd year). Jocelyn was the recipient of the Class Medal at UCT in 2007 in STA3041F for being judged the best student in the class. He was awarded the Canada South Africa Chamber of Business bursary for his second year of Hons study in 2008.

Mike van Graan (Drama (Masters) Scholarship). The UCT Foundation Drama Scholarship was awarded based on proposal submissions. Mike’s research will seek to answer the question as to why the theme of HIV/AIDS is relatively absent in mainstream South African theatre compared to the liberation struggle that informed much professional theatre prior to 1989 .

“Mike van Graan is one of South Africa’s most prolific playwrights. He has the uncanny ability to home in on the South African landscape, isolate areas of interest and then dissect the situation through his witty writing, interesting characters and often profound insights.” - Peter Feldman, Artslink.co.za

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