Minister Pallo Jordan announces the Appointment of New Board Members to the National Arts Council (NAC) 2006 – 2009

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01 Apr 2006

The Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan has appointed the new Board of the National Arts Council with effect from Tuesday 1st August – 9 women and 15 men!

Many of these are new members who are expected to introduce a breath of fresh air into the operations of the NAC.

Significantly, most of them are arts practitioners, activists and administrators with grassroots experience. Others are drawn from a legal, business or academic background.

In November 2004, Minister Jordan was compelled to release the previous Board of the NAC after he became convinced that it had lost the confidence of the arts community.

As laid down by law, Minister Jordan appointed an independent panel to make recommendations for new Board. That process commenced with a call to the South African public to make nominations.

The nominees were all interviewed by the independent panel, which then prepared a shortlist of candidates for submission to the Minister.

“We see the appointment of the new board as a significant development in creating a stronger NAC that will make it easier for our artists to pursue their chosen professions.

The role of the NAC is to facilitate access to the resources that will help our artists create works that will enrich our cultural life,” Minister Jordan said.

“We are pleased at the caliber of women and men who have been chosen by an independent panel and highly recommended by the provinces themselves.”

The names of the new Board Members are as follows:

• Adv. Brenda Madumise – a lawyer from Gauteng.
• Mr. Narvin Lakha – an experienced auditor from Gauteng.
• Mr. Z. Bhengu – a human resource specialists from KZN.
• Prof. David Bunn – an academic, researcher and policy analysts from Gauteng.
• Mr. Charles Mabaso – an arts administrator, activist and businessman from Gauteng.
• Mr. Nicolas Motsatse – a music industry leader, lawyer and activist.
• Mr. Sello Galane – a researcher, arts educator, practitioner and policy analyst from Limpopo.
• Mr. Johnny Masilela – a veteran journalist, writer and educationist from North West.
• Ms. Delicia Forbes – a theater practitioner and arts administrator from Western Cape.
• Mr. Martin Schonberg – an internationally renowned choreographer, dancer and arts administrator from Gauteng.
• Mr. Giep van Zyl – an arts administrator, organizer and activist from Gauteng.
• Mr. Mduduzi Xakaza - a rural-based cultural activist , arts administrator and community leader from KZN.
• Mr. Bongani Tembe – a well-known opera signer, arts administrator and practitioner from KZN.
• Mr. K. Thathiah – an academic, arts practitioner, policy analyst and arts administrator from Gauteng.

The names of those who were recommended by the Provinces are the following:

• Ms. Princess Bushula from N. Cape
• Prof. PJN Zungu from KZN
• Mr. Patrick Shai from Limpopo
• Ms. Dirkie Offiringa from Gauteng
• Ms. Motsilanyane Vera Khutsafalo from the North West
• Prof. BB Mkonto from E. Cape
• Ms. Thoko Nogabe from the Free State
• Ms. Moya Phosa from Mpumalanga
• Ms. Celeste Matthews from W. Cape.

The appointments come into effect from Tuesday, 1st August 2006.

For further information kindly contact Mr. Sandile Memela on 082 800 3750 or Premi Appalraju on 082 375 2939.