'Use your skills to fight crime and poverty'

LIMPOPO MEC for sport, arts and culture Joyce Mashamba has called on local youth to use their skills in arts to fight poverty.

LIMPOPO MEC for sport, arts and culture Joyce Mashamba has called on local youth to use their skills in arts to fight poverty.

Mashamba was speaking at a function for art students held at the University of Limpopo's Turfloop campus on Friday night.

She told the youth that by becoming involved, they could fight poverty and crime .

She said that in the past, black people used dance as a means to communicate with other people or to show theirhappiness.

"We can, therefore, as young people, use our stage drama plays to communicate with our tourists to tell them about our culture, beliefs and tradition.

"We can also sell our dances to international communities who will pay us handsomely to advance pleasure and a better life," she said.

Mashamba's sentiments were shared by a protest theatrical stage drama,Art AgainstPoverty, that was written by 24-year-old post-graduate student Ntsako Mkansi, who worked with Eliot Butani, 21, a second-year law student who directed the play.

Art Against Poverty is a play about poverty and unemployment among young people. The youth are advised about creating jobs for themselves instead of waiting for the government to create jobs for them.

About 5000 students from Turfloop and the University of Venda campuses attended the function.

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