Minister engages arts community in Naturena

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Picture: Public voices their opinions

 

The department had a busy Saturday on 04 May 2013 when Minister Mashatile met with the arts fraternity at Naturena in southern Johannesburg. It was part of Minister’s public participation programme to provide, a platform for the arts fraternity to speak about their challenges and concerns and make suggestions to help improve service delivery to the sector.

 

The event saw a great turnout, with representation from the broader creative, performing arts and heritage community. Not only were the stakeholders and associated institutions represented, but a large number of DAC officials, led by the Director-General Sibusiso Xaba, attended this highly interactive session.

 

The discussions produced positive outcomes during the formal programme. Issues ranging from the lack of funding, infrastructural challenges and the lack of community art centres, to training needs, information access and piracy were raised and addressed. On a positive note, the Minister pledged to sponsor a schoolgirl who will travel to Malaysia for a tennis competition.

 

Earlier in the day, the Minister met senior officials from the province, local councilors and community leaders at the Freedom Park Primary School where he also installed and hoisted the national flag. As part of promoting a cohesive society, the Minister also visited the Madonsela family whose daughter was brutally killed a few weeks ago. During the visit, the Minister condemned this inhuman action on behalf of government and urged the community leaders to assist the family in ensuring that the justice takes its course.