Minister Paul Mashatile to visit the Hillcrest Aids Centre tomorrow, World AIDS Day

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30 Nov 2011

30 November 2011

Minister Mashatile will visit the Hillcrest Aids Centre tomorrow, World AIDS Day, at 14:30. This centre is an exciting example of how the ARTS can be used to great benefit. The project's success is in line with the objectives of Department of Arts and Culture's strategic focus of repositioning the role of arts, culture and heritage (referred to as Mzansi's Golden Economy) in economic development, job creation and social cohesion. At this centre, having skills like sewing, fabric painting, beading – ALL mean an income, an opportunity for creative output, a chance at a better life. 

The aim of the visit is to show that ART can contribute to job creation, skills development and benefit those in need. Crafters use their skills to feed, clothe and care for their families, many of whom are either infected or affected by HIV/AIDS. The centre self-generated R4 million income last year. There are several projects involving various crafters, from sewing to wire art, to crochet, fabric painters. Some of the centre's work is exhibited at the Department of Arts and Culture's stand at COP 17,  which has won the best green exhibition prize.

Date: 1 December 2011
Time: 2:30pm
Venue: Hillcrest AIDS Centre, 24-28 Old Main Road, Hillcrest, Durban

Enquiries: Mack Lewele 0824505076