17 December 2018


Mochware announces a major boost for artists in the province

by: Vusi Kama   date: 11 May 2018

Promising artists from Bokone Bophirima will no longer have to spend money and leave their home province for Gauteng and other centers to record their music. Such facilities will be available for them right on their doorstep. 

This is one of the many pronouncements mad by MEC for Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (Cata), Ontlametse Mochware, during her Budget Speech on Thursday last week at the Provincial Legislature in Mahikeng. 

The recording studios in Klein Marico (Zeerust), Mmabana Taung and the Rustenburg Recreation Centre will be launched through arts festival events as part of the Youth Month celebrations. 

Scores of artists from the province have over the years been forced to find centers outside of Bokone Bophirima to record their music. Many have ended up permanently relocating to those provinces, resulting in a major talent drain.

MEC Mochware told the Provincial Legislators that in the past financial year the department had expanded its support to individual artists and existing arts, culture and heritage initiatives. 

“In the past financial year, a total of 61 projects amounting to R2 680 000 [R2.6 million] were supported by the department. The projects range from exhibitions, touring ventures, theatre productions, conferences and music festivals,” she said.

The MEC also announced that the department sought to continue with the Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route (RLHR) project “to position the freedom fighters at the highest pedestal through preservation and promotion of collective memory and South African history”. 

“The development of the liberation walls of remembrance at Lobatla has commenced and will be completed and unveiled during this financial year. Three major resistance and liberation heritage route projects will be implemented in collaboration with the national Department of Arts and Culture and the National Heritage Council. 

“These are the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati Heritage Site, Onkgopotse Tiro Heritage Site and Moses Kotane Site,” she said. 

MEC Mochware also announced that the department would, during this financial year, honour a veteran poet and political activist, the late Professor Keorapetse Kgosietsile, adding that Cata had assisted 35 first time writers with editing of their manuscripts. Ten manuscripts are scheduled for publishing with another 10 ready to be launched. 

Regarding traditional leaders, the MEC said: “In recognising and supporting the responsibility that the royal families carry to manage and resolve disputes, the department has provided and will continue to provide training on dispute resolution and management to royal families.”

She added that Cata was planning a summit “in an endeavour to improve working relationships and foster effective service delivery strategies between dikgosi and government”.

On libraries, she said Cata was planning to hand over more libraries to communities. The beneficiary communities include Lebotloane, Tshing, Tsetse, Ramatlabama 600, Matlwang and Boikhutso.