Merafong actor wins provincial award

Lucky Noholoza receiving his award from the celebrities, Hamilton Dlamini and Obed Baloyi. Photo: Adele Louw

Lucky Noholoza was nominated in the best actor category in the Gauteng province. This award has always been won by outsiders and he is thrilled to be the first actor from Merafong to claim it.
‘When they called me, I couldn’t believe I had been nominated. I honestly didn’t expect to win and I was very nervous from the moment I answered that call,’ he chuckles.
The award has given Lucky the hope and confidence to pursue his career on stage and he aims to grow enough to work with bigger productions.
‘I feel inspired. I will not give up. This award shows I have the talent and I want to make the most of it. I want to reach for the stars and be seen on TV. More importantly, it shows that anything is possible for talented people in Merafong.’
Lucky’s acting career started 15 years ago after he watched other groups rehearsing their plays. He felt confident that he could become a good actor and he has since joined other theatre groups. He is currently the founder and director of Ubizo Maafrika theatre production and part of an up-and-coming local film titled ‘Friends’.
He has also worked with groups like Themba Kanyathi and the legendary actor, Duma Mnembe who took him to KwaZulu-Natal for theatre lessons.
According to Lucky, he kept pushing and has been entering the Shashalazi Theatre competition since 2010. He says he took his career seriously and read books on the subject. He learnt to articulate properly to be able to deliver a good performance. He also worked hard to build his character. His dream is to see theatre being recognised and taken seriously as a career and for Merafong to produce stars.
He wants to see young people getting more involved in Merafong and is encouraging the Merafong municipality to participate in the development of local talent.
Lucky urges parents to support their children and allow them to pursue arts like theatre as a way of fighting crime.

Lucky Noholoza receiving his award from the celebrities, Hamilton Dlamini and Obed Baloyi. Photo: Adele Louw

The Gauteng MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture, Ms Faith Mazibuko, the mayoral committee member (MMC) responsible for the same portfolio, Ms Maki Skosana and the MMC for Roads Stormwater and Public Works, Mr Mogomutsi Sello, during the event. Photo: Adele Louw

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