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R300000 boost for kzn's artists

By unknown | May 09, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mhlaba Memela

Mhlaba Memela

Art is set to change the lives of many people in KwaZulu-Natal.

This comes after arts and culture organisations in eThekwini municipality were given a cash injection of R340 000 to help them develop their work.

Yesterday nine organisations were given the money by the department of arts, culture and tourism to ensure that their work sells .

Many people in KwaZulu-Natal who produce art work live from hand to mouth.

MEC for art, culture and tourism Weziwe Thusi said the funding "would go a long way to developing arts and culture in the province".

Thusi said the beneficiaries of the grants-in-aid programme have been drawn from various cultural and racial groups.

Durban Arts Association chief executive Qiniso Mbanjwa applauded the move.

"The money will help us do our job properly," Mbanjwa said. "We face a huge challenge because we cover the Greater Durban area to assist up-and-coming artists."

Thusi said her department had put aside over R1,2 million to help the organisations. About 44 organisations will benefit from the programme this year.

"The grant is not for salaries but we want to see artists grow and sell their works and be able to feed their families," Thusi said.

The organisations are KwaZulu-Natal Youth Wind Band, R50000, Andhra Maha Sabha of South Africa, R50000, KwaZulu-Natal Tamil Vedic Society Eisteddfod, R50000, United Communities Forum, R50 000, Durban Arts Association, R50000, Bambanani Educare Club, R20 000 and KwaZulu-Natal Tamil Vedic Society - South Coast Region, R20000, P and Y Singaram Kala Kendra, R30000, KwaZulu-Natal Tamil Vedic Society - Durban South Region, R20000.


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