2019 ACT lifetime Achievement Award Winner Sibongile Khumalo

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards are held annually to recognise and celebrate excellence in South African arts, culture and heritage. Since 1998, the ACT Awards have been bestowed upon individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to cultural life in South Africa. In that time, the awards have become ACT’s flagship event. This year’s ceremony will take place at the Maslow Hotel, Sandton on 22 February 2019.

The 2019 ACT Awards honour legends, stalwarts and inspirations in the South African arts, culture and heritage sector, and are divided into two segments- the Lifetime Achievement Awards and the ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals.

The prestigious ACT Lifetime Achievement Awards honour arts professionals whose extraordinary careers have had a profound and lasting impact on arts, culture and heritage and whose lifelong achievements have contributed significantly to the enrichment of cultural life in South Africa. The ACT Lifetime Achievement Awards recognise contributions in arts advocacy, dance, literature, music, theatre and visual arts.

The second but equally important segment of the ACT Awards are the ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals. These recognise young professionals in the early stages of careers which show the promise of making meaningful contributions to the sector in the future. The ImpACT Awards recognise contributions in arts administration, design, music and singing, theatre and visual arts.

In their history spanning 11 years, the ACT Awards recipients include Esther Mahlangu, Miram Makeba, Madosini, Gibson Kente, David Goldblatt, the Field Band Foundation, Moving into Dance Mophatong and many others. This year promises to build on the esteem of the ACT Awards, with ACT having received outstanding public recommendations for award recipients at the end of 2018.

The 2019 ACT Awards are made possible by partnerships and sponsorships from a number of private and public organisations committed to providing funding for the sustainable development and growth of arts, culture and heritage in South Africa.

This year, Sun International sponsors the awards event, the City of Johannesburg for the first time sponsors the Lifetime Achievement Award in Arts Advocacy, JT International South Africa (Pty) Ltd supports the Lifetime Achievement Award in Dance, the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) will sponsor the Lifetime Achievement Award in Literature, the Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO) sponsors the Lifetime Achievement Award in Music and Nedbank sponsors the Lifetime Achievement Award in Visual Art.

ACT will this year sponsor the Lifetime Achievement Award in Theatre as well as the ImpACT Awards for Young Professionals. Media partnerships are crucial to the work ACT does and it is with great enthusiasm that the organisation welcomes The Sunday Times Lifestyle as its official print partner and Kaya FM an official broadcast partner.

This year’s awards ceremony will again be hosted by Kaya FM radio personality Bridget Masinga. ACT Lifetime Achievement Award Winners will be in conversation with Ms. Masinga, sharing insights on their lives and the works. Entertainment at the 2019 ACT Awards ceremony will be provided by Nomfundo Xaluva and Lindiwe Maxolo who will lead a band and entertain guests with well-known and original compositions.


The 2019 ACT Awards are hosted by Sun International and are supported by the City of Johannesburg, JTI, DALRO, SAMRO, Nedbank, The Sunday Times Lifestyle and

Kaya FM.

Arts & Culture Trust

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 and development 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 or like the Trust’s Facebook page or visit the ACT website.

Sun International

The Sun International Group has a diverse portfolio of assets including world class five star hotels, modern and well-located casinos, and some of the world’s premier resorts. Their destinations offer experiential luxury, enduring quality and incredible adventure, supported by an authentic dedication to personal service. Sun International Group’s approach has been to differentiate their hotels, resorts and casinos in architecture, service, experience, location and the mix of entertainment and activities. Creating lasting memories for their guests and customers is a core part of their DNA. They’ve created some the world’s most iconic hotels ranging from the latest addition to the group’s properties Sun Time Square, to The Palace of the Lost City at Sun City and The Table Bay Hotel in Cape Town. The Group places a strong emphasis on being responsible corporate citizens through their contributions and commitment to the economy, communities and the environment. They are committed to the development of all their employees and they make sure that equal opportunities and economic empowerment form the backbone of their human resource practices. For more information, please click here.

Nedbank Arts Affinity

The Nedbank Arts Affinity is a proud supporter of The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT). Since the inception of ACT in 1994, Nedbank has raised and distributed more than R16 million through its Arts Affinity Programme, in support of more than 800 South African arts, culture and heritage development projects, at no cost to their clients. To open a Nedbank Arts Affinity account please visit any Nedbank branch or call 0860 555 111, or visit www.nedbank.co.za more information.

Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organisation (DALRO)

DALRO is a multi-purpose copyright society that collects royalties for the use of copyright-protected works on behalf of visual artists, authors and publishers, which it then distributes back to the correct copyright-owner. As a custodian of copyright and the protection of rightsholders’ works, DALRO’s main areas of administration are reprographic reproduction rights (photocopying from published editions), public performance rights (including stage rights for book musicals and dramas) and reproduction rights (whether for publishing or copying) in works of visual art. DALRO has served the arts and literary community for more than 50 years. For more information, please click here.

Southern African Music Rights Organisation (SAMRO)

SAMRO was established in 1962, with the key objective to protect the intellectual property of its composer, songwriter, and publisher members, the organisation’s primary focus is to administer the various music rights of Copyright on behalf of writer and publisher members. The collecting society, as it is known, is mainly concerned with the collection of license fees for the use of its members’ musical works by various music users, the distribution of royalties to these members, and the promotion of Copyright law. Click here for more information.

Japan Tobacco International (JTI)

JT International South Africa (Pty) Ltd is a member of the JTI Group of Companies, a leading international tobacco company. Headquartered in Geneva, JTI operates in 130 countries and has over 45,000 employees around the world. For more information, please click here

Media Partners:

Sunday Times Lifestyle

Kaya FM