Fifty-three contestants from across KZN competed during the April school holidays at the South African Championship of Performing Arts (SACOPA), the largest competitive showcase of performing arts talent in South Africa, held at the Rustenburg Civic Centre in the North West province. Provincial teams competed in a number of performing arts disciplines, namely Vocal, Dance, Acting, Modelling and Variety Arts, for a chance to be selected for the South African team to represent the country at the World Championships in Los Angeles, at an event dubbed the Olympics of Performing Arts. Koketso Mere, a grade 12 learner at Westville Boys' High School, walked away with top honours at the competition, beating over 3000 competitors to be awarded Senior Grand Champion of South Africa, achieving the highest individual score in any category at the competition.
Candidates qualify for the KZN team through a series of stringent auditions, adjudicated by dance, vocal and acting specialists and professionals in KZN. Once selected, they are invited to compete at the national competition. Of the nearly 15 000 entries performed over 10 days at the national event, 7 of KZN's top performances were chosen to perform in the final showcase, an enormous honour.
Auditions for the next round of regional qualifiers take place in September this year, at the Roy Couzens Theatre at Westville Boys' High School.
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