DTV, South Africa’s Deaf Channel, the South African Broadcasting Corporation and the Department of Arts and Culture, have announced that the annual performing arts competition for deaf learners, Zwakala, includes seven African countries.
Following the Zwakala brief, deaf learners from Botswana, Lesotho, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe competed and national winners were chosen in the respective countries.
The patron of Zwakala, Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, and other dignitaries will be present at this prestigious event. First, second and third prizes will be awarded in each of the four categories.
The judges for Zwakala are Ayesha Ramjugernath (Sign Language tutor), John Meletse (Wits University) and Dr John Kani (celebrity hearing judge).
The national finalists will perform at the gala event at UJ Arts Centre from 18h00 on Friday 25 October.Zwakala (‘be heard’) was created by the deaf for the deaf. The Zwakala Awards coincide with National Disability Month.