Macufe to ben­e­fit prov­ince

MEC Mathabo Leeto en­gages Free State artists on their de­mands to be given at least 20% of the ac­tiv­i­ties

The New Age (Northern Cape) - - NEWS - BECKER SEMELA beck­ers@the­

SPORT, arts, cul­ture and recre­ation MEC Mathabo Leeto has met lo­cal artists over their de­mands to be given at least 20% of the share of ac­tiv­i­ties dur­ing the an­nual Macufe fes­tiv­i­ties.

The Free State chap­ter of the Cul­tural and Cre­ative In­dus­tries Fed­er­a­tion of South Africa (CCIFSA) made a call last month that it wanted to be given a chance to have more rep­re­sen­ta­tion in the week-long fes­ti­val.

CCIFSA has em­barked on a drive to make sure that pro­vin­cial artists get a fair share of par­tic­i­pa­tion in the an­nual event that is due to take place first in the week of Oc­to­ber in and around Bloem­fontein.

Leeto said the pur­pose of the meet­ing of the two par­ties on Wed­nes­day was to iron out is­sues on this mat­ter and to map out a way for­ward on how her de­part­ment would re­late to CCIFSA as a struc­ture mov­ing for­ward.

“We would like to ac­knowl­edge the role of CCIFSA and how it was es­tab­lished as a rep­re­sen­ta­tive struc­ture of artists,” Leeto said.

“While ac­knowl­edg­ing their role, the de­part­ment’s con­sid­ered view is that any­time is­sues of dif­fer­ences emerge re­gard­ing in­ter­ests of artists, such is­sues must be ad­dressed cor­dially and con­struc­tively in the best in­ter­ests of the cre­ative in­dus­try.”

She said they agreed in prin­ci­ple that the CCIFSA clar­i­fied that the is­sues they raised were not nec­es­sar­ily about the 20% stake in the man­age­ment of Macufe.

“The meet­ing agreed in prin­ci­ple that the man­age­ment of Macufe was in­formed by a com­pet­i­tive bid­ding process, which fol­lows sup­ply chain man­age­ment pre­scripts,” she said in a state­ment.

Leeto said the de­part­ment had a role to en­sure that pro­grammes of Macufe, as a na­tional and in­ter­na­tional fes­ti­val, ben­e­fited the peo­ple of South Africa but be­ing more bi­ased to the peo­ple of the Free State.

“It must none­the­less be pointed out that as we cel­e­brate the 20th an­niver­sary of Macufe the peo­ple of South Africa and the Free State have in­deed ben­e­fit­ted from the fes­ti­val in the past and will con­tinue to ben­e­fit into the fu­ture,” she said.

Leeto said the de­part­ment ac­knowl­edged that there was a need to put sys­tems in place to en­sure com­pa­nies from out­side the Free State in­volve peo­ple of the Free State in their im­ple­men­ta­tion of Macufe ser­vices.

She said they had also agreed that they would con­tin­u­ously cre­ate de­vel­op­men­tal pro­grammes that would en­able the de­part­ment to in­cu­bate artists and to pro­mote up-and- com­ing artists to be at the level at which they can per­form at Macufe.

Leeto said the Macufe Home­brew de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme would change its form so that it was able to give op­por­tu­ni­ties to mar­ket emerg­ing artists who should then be able to de­velop an au­di­ence for them­selves.

“As part of this de­vel­op­men­tal pro­gramme we will en­gage so­cial and en­ter­tain­ment places around Man­gaung for part­ner­ships in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of Home­brew de­vel­op­men­tal pro­gramme.

“We in­deed ap­pre­ci­ate the role of CCIFSA and will work with the na­tional De­part­ment of Arts and Cul­ture to en­sure that CCIFSA as a struc­ture is ca­pac­i­tated in a quest to en­sure the for­mal­i­sa­tion of the cre­ative in­dus­try,” Leeto said.

She called upon all artists to work to­gether with the Free State pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment through her de­part­ment so that they were both able to build a wellor­gan­ised Free State cre­ative in­dus­try that will pro­duce artists who can com­pete na­tion­ally and in­ter­na­tion­ally.


REP­RE­SEN­TA­TION: The CCIFSA has em­barked on a drive to make sure that pro­vin­cial artists get a fair share of par­tic­i­pa­tion in the an­nual Macufe Fes­ti­val that is due to take place in the first week of Oc­to­ber.

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