The South African State Theatre announces a sealed partnership with South African Student Services Agency (SASSA) to improve students’ access to the theatre. This exciting partnership brings music to tertiary students’ ears as it will increase their access to watch shows at a low cost in our six theatres.
What this partnership means is that all students affiliated with SASSA will from now on use their ETA Prestige Card to purchase tickets for all shows playing at the State Theatre using their reserved entertainment allowance. SASSA is responsible for the social welfare of all tertiary students across South Africa. It believes that “access to education is a universal right. Through education the youth obtain knowledge and skills that help them better improve their quality of life”.
This is one of the initiatives by SAST striving to introduce theatre to a broader spectrum of our society. Our Acting Development Manager, Mpho Molepo, is excited about this partnership. “It is important for theatres to invest in audiences. Change of lifestyle is not an overnight activity, it’s a process. We are open for future partnerships of this kind with corporates that want to affiliate with our theatre,” he adds.
From 28 February to May 20, SAST, together with Dr Mbongeni Ngema, is bringing back to stage the internationally acclaimed, multi-award-winning Broadway hit musical Sarafina. This show is returning to stage with a new lead actress, Noxolo Dlamini, who will be filling the shoes of the former Sarafina, Leleti Khumalo. The 23-year-old studied her B.A. in Dramatic Arts at the University of Pretoria, where SASSA programmes are offered as well. She has recently claimed headlines for the lead role she landed. Show prices range from R120 to R180 with students paying an exceptional R100.