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The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Hon. Nathi Mthethwa has appointed Her Royal Highness Princess Celenhle Dlamini as the new Chairperson of the National Arts Council.
On the 25th March 2020, taking into account the massive challenges which were anticipated within the creative and sporting sector by Minister Nathi Mthethwa in relation to the announcement of COVID – 19 Pandemic National State of Disaster, the Minister announced a relief fund totalling R150 million towards assisting artists, athletes, technical personnel and the core ecosystem that supports them with the objective of softening the economic impact of the Coronavirus pandemic on their livelihood.
The French Embassy and French Institute in South Africa (IFAS) have initiated a mapping study of the creative and cultural industries in South Africa, with an initial focus on the museum and fashion sectors. The aim of this study is to develop a digital platform/tool that can be used by local and international audiences who want to gain a full understanding of how these industries are structured, who the relevant players are, and what kinds of projects those players could be contacted for.
The creative industries are growing — and will continue to play an important role in the economy. The cultural and creative industries (CCIs) are one of the world’s most rapidly growing and increasingly important economic sectors. The sector employs over 29 million people globally and is responsible for about USD 2,250 trillion in revenues (EY 2015). It accounts for between 2% and 7% of GDP for most countries around the world.
The SA Cultural Observatory was established primarily to undertake economic research for the cultural and creative industries. We publish our reports in various media platforms, including this newsletter, to benefit as many cultural practitioners as possible.
The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has set up a Ministerial Advisory Team (MAT) for the creative and cultural sector who will advise the Minister on how to deal with the plight of creatives during COVID-19.