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MEC Tunyiswa congratulates budding artist Sonwabile Gingqishe

Feb 8, 2019
MEC Tunyiswa congratulates budding artist Sonwabile Gingqishe

Eastern Cape MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Bulelwa Tunyiswa, has congratulated Sonwabile Gingqishe for making his dream of acting and modelling, though circumstances seemed to be on the brink as he dropout of school being a breadwinner and find work.

The 21-year-old from Fort Beaufort is passionate about Art more specifically poetry and drama and has worked hard to make his dreams realised.

"He comes from a house where both parents are unemployed and did not have much choice to continue with school and worked as a pump attendant to support his family while moulding his career on the other hand," described DSRAC spokesperson, Andile Nduna.

"He knocked at the Institutions’ door last year, 2018 for sponsorship to attend the Applause Rising Talent Showcase."

Sonwabile Gingqishe to study at the New York Film Academy

MEC Tunyiswa, through the Department, lent a helping hand to the young talented Sonwabile to pursue his passion in advancing arts and culture, a passion that is aligned with the Departments mandate.

“Artist excellence reinforces the Department’s commitment to protect the wealth of talent which may so easily be lost.

"We remain committed to the development of artists to realise their potential through their expression of the art and build an improved quality of life for themselves and their communities especially to those with such disadvantaged backgrounds like Soso,” said MEC Tunyiswa.

At the Applause Rising Talent Showcase, Gingqishe performed and impressed well-known directors in the industry.

As a result, he was awarded a R133 557 three-year scholarship and will be jetting off to the New York Film Academy in United State in June to study cinema. 

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