This year the awards attracted a wide range of entries in the various categories. It is an indication that the awards are considered significant and are thus intensely competed for.
The range of nominees is also a manifestation of the growing body of dedicated professionals working in
the media, publicity, management, education, finance and capacity building who provide quality services to the local cultural sector.
The Arts & Culture Trust Awards, generously sponsored by the companies listed in this supplement, support and acknowledge this development.
In announcing the finalists and winners of each category, the board of trustees expresses its condolences to the family of NoFinish Dywili, recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for 2002, who passed away recently. We pay special tribute to her legacy and her role in teaching, performing and promoting traditional South African music for much of her life.
We thank everyone else, including our sponsors, for their contributions and roles in sustaining arts and culture in South Africa. — Professor Andries Walter Oliphant, chairperson: Arts & Culture Trust