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By Frank Maponya | Oct 30, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

THE producers of the multiple award-winning theatre productions My Pride and Never Until have accused the Limpopo government of not doing anything to support their cause.

They said this was despite the fact that their work helped make people aware about social ills.

Mahuma Arts and Communications said it was operating on a shoestring budget and had pleaded with the provincial government to help them - but without any luck.

The company said it had so far spent no less than R1,5million on its provincial road shows.

During the shows communities are taught awareness programmes that highlight social ills affecting society.

Company chief executive Matome Rapetsoa said they had done enough to deserve recognition from the Limpopo government but their efforts seem to be ignored.

"We are a company that prides itself in giving but we cannot continue giving without receiving anything, especially from the government," Rapetsoa said.

"Our focal point is to take the awareness campaigns to rural areas in order to make communities aware about social ills."

Last year the company flew the province's flag high when it performed and caught the attention of the organisers of the Grahamstown National Arts Festival in July.

"We were among the few that were not funded by the government in Grahamstown though we made the province proud," Rapetsoa said.

"Actually, we represent a province that does not support us.

"But we remain hopeful of getting more support from our government so that we can give more support to disadvantaged communities."

He said the company had donated eight wheelchairs as well as school uniforms to disabled people in the province as part of its social responsibility programmes.

My Pride focuses on the issues of women, children and people with disabilities and Never Until focuses on Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi's emphasis on the prevention of mother to child HIV-Aids transmissions.

Acting head of the provincial department of sports, arts and culture Meshack Mulaudzi yesterday declined to comment, saying he was not the spokesperson of the department.


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