Mashatile appoints an Interim Executive Committee to work towards the establishment of a Creative Industries’ Federation

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07 Mar 2014

In 2009, President Jacob Zuma, met with local artists as part of understanding their challenges and finding comprehensive responses to those challenges. At that historic meeting it was agreed, among others, that there is a need to organise the sector, invest in its development and address funding alignment for the sector.

Subsequent to this meeting, in 2011, the Department of Arts and Culture convened a National Summit on the Role of the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector in the Economy. Held at the Newtown Cultural Precinct, the Summit sought to find ways of up-scaling and increasing investment in the sector through the Mzansi Golden Economy strategy.

We are encouraged that the creative and cultural industries are now part of the Industrial Policy Action Plan 2 (IPAP2), which means it is now agreed, in the country, that our sector plays a significant role in the economy.

However, the sector continues to be fragmented and as a result in the last few months we have been engaging on how best to address this challenge. This included the appointment of two major tasks teams; the Music Industry (II) and the Local Content Development Task Teams, working with the Departments of Trade and Industry, Communication and the South African Broadcasting Cooperation.

Having received and considered the preliminary work of the Local Content Development Task Team and the Music Industry Task Team II and noting their observation that the biggest challenge in the creative sector is fragmentation, I have decided, in consultation with the sector, to appoint an Interim Executive Committee.

This Committee will work towards the establishment of a fully fledged Federation of the Creative Industries representing all sectors including music, film and broadcasting, publishing, visual arts, crafts, performing arts and design, amongst others.
We are embarking on this approach in order to assist in the formalisation of the sector as an industry, a role player in the economy and to create an enabling environment for the growth of the sector and to make it easier to fund.

The approach of organising the sector in this manner is common practice globally. This is evident in the UK, USA, Australia and now counties like China, South Korea are following in this trend.

We are also embarking on this journey, because this sector contributes to the economy and more importantly towards Nation Building and Social Cohesion.

The following individuals therefore will constitute the interim committee that will work towards the establishment and launch of the Federation;

1. Yvonne Chaka-Chaka-Mhinga, one of South Africa’s musical icons will be the Interim Chairperson of the Committee;
2. Kid Sithole, the current President of The Creative Workers Union of South Africa, will be the Deputy Chairperson;

Other members of the Committee will be:

3. Dr. Sello Kgalane, a musician and an academic;
4. Mokena Makeka, a design practitioner
5. Sello Make KaNcube, an arts practitioner
6. Florence Masebe, an actor
7. Peter Rorvik, the Secretary-General of Arterial Network
8. Freddy Nyathela, a specialist in the Technical Services
9. Caiphus Semenya, a renowned musician
10. Romeo Qetsi, a practitioner in the sector
11. Professor Jyoti Mistry, an academic and practitioner
12. Mandla Balisa, Chairperson of the Publishers Association of South Africa
13. Ramadan Suleman, an arts practitioner

The secretariat will be led by Nhlanhla Paul Sibisi and Mncedisi Ndlovu with the assistance of Mandla Maseko, Eugene Mthethwa, Zwelakhe Mbiba and Azania Muendane who will form part of the administrative team.

I will be meeting with the interim committee and the rest of the sector in the month of March to ensure that we realise the goal of ensuring sustainability in the local cultural and creative industries.

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