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For years, major South African broadcasters have avoided investing in feature films - a move many local producers claim has prevented the rise of a viable local film industry.
The National Arts Council of South Africa (NAC) has announced that the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology has made funds available for the support of performing arts companies throughout the nation.
South Africa's Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology delivered his budget speech on 24 May, and the budget for arts and culture increased this year by a whopping 36%. So why are arts practitioners and observers hugely disappointed?
The second edition of the 'South African Handbook on Arts and Culture' was launched in April, in response to numerous local and international requests for an updated version.
South Africa's National Arts Council Chair Doreen Nteta recently chaired IFACCA's latest board meeting in Singapore. She explains here that in relation to funding the arts, the South African experience isn't very different from that of other countries.