18 November 2018


CATA footsoldiers getting ready for SATMAs  

by: Thato Matshidiso   date: 29 june 2018

In order to make this year’s South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards (SATMA) a success, cultural officers at the launch in Mpumalanga met SATMA organisers last week Friday to map a way forward to the 13th annual awards celebrations. 

The objective of the meeting was to correct the mistakes of the past years and try to come up with solutions and way forward for the 2018 SATMA celebrations scheduled for 29 September 2018 at the Mmabatho Convention Centre.
Cultural officers of the Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (CATA) were afforded the opportunity to raise their past experiences with the hope of having the best awards ever in the history of Bokone Bophirima. 
In his welcome address, founder of SATMA Awards, Dr Dumisani Goba, said the people of Bokone Bophirima should benefit from these awards financially, educationally and otherwise. 

“This year we intend to increase the footprint of the awards in the province by increasing the number of cultural groups’ participation from five to 12 groups in North West. We intend to increase the number of roadshows to 60, where all districts and local municipalities will benefit.

“Personally, I have learned a lot from the ACT concrete of the province. I now appreciate my culture and heritage since I had this partnership with the Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs. There is no other Arts and Culture Department in the country which treats its artists as well as CATA does. The job that you are doing as a department is very good.

“We need to engage traditional leaders and local municipalities so that they are aware and become part of activations as mobilizations that will be taking place in their areas,” said Goba. 
Activations of the SATMAs commenced on 22 June at Canary Plaza in Emnotweni and continued the next day at Kwanyamazane Plaza in Mpumalanga. Activations will take place in all the nine provinces until the main event in September.