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WOMEN OF THE YEAR AWARD FINALISTS (article first published : 2004-08-1)

The 29 finalists of the 2004 Shoprite Checkers/SABC2 Women of the Year Award are outstanding achievers selected from over 1,000 nominations countrywide.

The three finalists in the Arts & Culture category are all based in Gauteng.

Joyce Levinsohn, a pioneer of children’s theatre in South Africa, established Children’s Theatre Productions in 1976 and has since been relentless in her quest to expose children of every race to the magic of interactive, high quality theatre. She firmly believes that the performing arts communicate in a universal language, which builds bridges across cultural, economic, racial and religious divides. In 2001 she received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arts and Culture Trust and to date she has staged thousands of performances for underprivileged schools, children’s homes and institutions.

Masingita Masunga has given physically disabled people throughout South Africa an opportunity to make valuable contributions to society through projects created by her Tinyungubyiseni Talent Promotions company. As the company’s Managing Director and a champion of the disabled from an early age, Ms Masunga has overcome her own disability of cerebral palsy to establish an organisation that motivates men, women and the youth.

Promoting music as a powerful force for healing and change, Susan Harrop-Allin’s commitment and belief in the role of arts and culture in transformation and development led to the founding in 2000 of EYETHU Soweto Music Project, which teaches young musicians and integrates them into different communities as well as youth orchestras.

The winners of the Award will be announced during a gala event at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and broadcast on National Women’s Day, August 9 at 21h00 on SABC 2, and re-broadcast on August 10 on SABC 2 at 12h00.




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