ACT, JTI collaborate on Lifetime Achievement Award


This year the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) reaches yet another milestone as its annual ACT Awards programme grows from strength to strength. The Dance Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented at this year’s ceremony, supported by Japan Tobacco International (JTI).

This is a monumental step from what began with one accolade being handed out for the first nine years of the awards, and gradually became five categories in a space of six years thereafter. This year, Dance will be added to the existing Lifetime Achievement Awards categories which include: Visual Arts, Theatre, Arts Advocacy, Music and Literature.

ACT CEO Pieter Jacobs said: “The aim of the ACT Awards has always been to celebrate and acknowledge excellence and without this prestigious ceremony many luminaries who have been celebrated globally, would not be acknowledged for their valuable contributions locally.

“We saw it fit that this category be added going forth because our country has produced remarkable talent and individuals who have pioneered this trade both locally and abroad. We are also equally honoured to be in partnership with a brand such as JTI in honouring these mavens.”

The ACT awards also honour young professionals who have made great strides in the first five years of their careers and one of the focuses, and by far the biggest element of the event, is the Lifetime Achievement Awards segment.

This prestigious part of the occasion is dedicated to celebrating individuals who have made a profound influence and contributed significantly to the enrichment of the arts and culture environment in South Africa during their lives.

The Awards are set to take place on November 2 at Sun International’s The Maslow in Sandton, Johannesburg. For more information visit

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