DUT STUDENT PERFORMS ON “WORLD”STAGE
By Nompakamo Dzanibe
A Durban University of Technology student has made a name for herself on the international theater stage but she is not even studying drama.
Sinikiwe Sifumba, 19, a first year video technology student, started acting at a young age and one of her biggest highlights was flying to Scotland last year to perform in the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games.
“I made a lot of friends during the Games and when I flew to Scotland it was summer, so the weather was good,’” she said.
Sifumba, who represented South Africa, bagged her role as a singer and dancer in the Games through her association with the International Performing Company. She applied through the company to be part of the Scottish Youth Theater who wanted people from other Commonwealth countries to participate in the games.
“ We were split into groups of ten and my group performed prior to the opening ceremony of the games, we didn’t have specific roles we were all singing and dancing,” explained Sifumba.
Sifumba started acting in grade four, and at the age of 17 she obtained a grade seven London Academy and Dramatic Arts certificate (LAMDA) from London’s Arts School through Westville Rising Performing Art, where she was doing her LAMDA part time. At the age of 13 she won the Elizabeth Sneddon Bursary, which is named after the Durban theater, for her monologue.
“Winning this competition was a huge honor for me,” said Sifumba.
Her first paying role was as in a play as a housekeeper. Before that she acted in Chicago, A Christmas Carol, after which she was awarded best actress.
She has also acted at the Speech and Drama Festival in Peteirmartzburg, and for the FNB All Girls Art Festival.
Sifumba said she decided to study Video Technology and not Drama because she wanted to be challenged.
“The reason why I didn’t study drama was because I felt like I had already done enough of it and I just needed a change, and video tech was the change I needed. I wouldn’t go back to acting full time because it’s something you do for that moment and after that you don’t have anything to do so I take it as a hobby,” she explained.