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Budget Speech of Limpopo’s Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

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Madam
Speaker,

as majority of South Africans voted for the first time on 27 April
1994, President Nelson Mandela chose to cast his ballot at a
secondary school built by the first ANC President, John Langalibalele
Dube in KwaZulu-Natal.

Immediately
after he had voted, President Mandela went to Dube’s nearby grave
and said: ”MR
PRESIDENT, I HAVE COME TO REPORT THAT SOUTH AFRICA IS FREE TODAY.”

Madam
Speaker, indeed South Africa is a free and democratic country.

Madiba’s
vote was the herald of a new South Africa that would be anchored on
civil liberties and human rights.

Enshrined
in The Bill of Rights, is the right of everyone to use the language
and participate in the cultural life of their choice. The
Constitution also gives all South Africans the right to enjoy their
culture and freedom of artistic creativity among other things.

Part
of our mandate as the Department of Sport, Arts & Culture, is to
develop sport, promote our cultural diversity and foster social
cohesion.

In
all these endeavours, the people of Limpopo, and all who live in our
beautiful province, are our priority.

Hounorable
Premier, during your State of the Province Address, you fittingly
paid tribute to O R Tambo as the embodiment of unity.

You
emphasized our moral responsibility as a people to promote social
cohesion, a task O.R lived and died for.

2017
has been declared the year of O R Tambo by the governing party, the
ANC.

If
he was still alive, O R would be turning 100 years old this year.

In
the honour of this gallant revolutionary, we will host a series of
activities during April. We will open the O R Tambo Art Gallery at
the Library Gardens in Polokwane, where we will showcase the material
like books and pictures about his life and times.

The
O
R Tambo Memorial Lecture

will be held at the University of Limpopo to remind and educate the
people of our province about his role in the liberation struggle.  

Madam
Speaker

We
would like to applaud the majority of the people of Limpopo, for
shunning the demons of xenophobia, ethnicity and racism.

The
continued tolerance showed towards foreign nationals by the people of
our beautiful province, is testament to the fact that the principle
of UBUNTU/BOTHO is deeply ingrained in us. 

Our
province is the melting pot of rich and diverse cultures. We are the
home of the VhaVenda, Bapedi, VaTsonga, AmaNdebele, Batswana, the
Afrikaners, the Indians, people of Colour and the English.

We
are the Heartland of Southern Africa. Ours is the only province that
shares borders with three countries: Botswana, Mozambique and
Zimbabwe.

This
puts us in a uniquely pole position to champion cultural exchange
programmes of mutual interest with our neighbouring countries.

In
September last year we visited Xai Xai in Mozambique. One of the
shared features of Limpopo and Gaza, is that these two provinces are
the homes of Machangana and VaTsonga nations.

Still
on Regional Integration, majority of residents of Waterberg District
are Batswana. This compels us to strengthen ties with Botswana.

To
that effect, late last year we went to Botswana for the AFRICA
WOMEN AND SPORT CONFERENCE
.
During our stay in Botswana, we seized the opportunity to meet with
the Deputy Minister of Youth, Sport, Arts and Culture of that country
to exchange ideas.

South
Africa is an integral part of Africa and Limpopo is the gateway to
the rest of the continent.

Our
Provincial interest in some respects, is naturally reliant on the
fellow citizens of the SADC region. To promote the regional cultural
integration, during Heritage Month in September, we have brought the
Passenger
Rail Agency of South Africa

on board.

A
Culture
& Heritage Train

will travel from the rolling deserts of Namibia. It will traverse the
savannahs and safaris of Botswana, move through the majestic
landscape and bushveld of Limpopo province, towards the clean waters
of Xai Xai in Mozambique.

The
train will end the multi-cultural and heritage awareness journey at
the breath-taking Victoria Falls of Zimbabwe.

Madam
Speaker, we continue to strive towards meeting the obligations of
ASPIRATION 5 of the AU
Agenda 2063

which advocates for the Africa We Want. The charter reads in part:
“An
Africa with a strong cultural identity, common heritage, values and
ethics.”

To
this effect, during Africa Month in May, we will host a myriad of
activities aimed at forging regional integration. These events
include Africa Carnival, Africa Food Expo, Africa Lecture and Africa
Sport Day.

ON
SOCIAL COHESION

Madam
Speaker, as the advocate of social cohesion, in the 2016/17 financial
year we hosted events that sought to create a sense of belonging for
all the people of our province.

We
had a fruitful social cohesion conversation with minority groups in
December. This saw us incorporating the Bush Braai element into the
Mapungubwe
Arts, Culture and Heritage Festival

and minority groups appreciated the fact the festival was inclusive.
Limpopo belongs to all who live in it!

Madam
Speaker

The
Mapungubwe Festival took place over a two-week period. The event
attracted over 20 000 people who came from all corners of our country
and beyond the borders. 

Last
year, the annual event was extended to all the other four districts
of our province. The streets of Polokwane were turned into a hive of
activity as our Premier led a colourful cultural carnival parade
during the opening of the festival.

Mopani
District hosted the Arts Awards and Cultural Pageants during which we
honoured legends like Lydia
Mokgokoloshi, Irene Mawela, Paul Rapetsoa, Penny Penny, Avhashoni
Mainganye, Aletta Motimele and Paradise Nkuna
.

Madam
Speaker, some
of them are present in this house and I would like to request them to
stand up so that we can acknowledge them
.

In
the Sekhukhune district, young people were taught about the
traditional court functions. Vhembe District was the home of the
choral music concert while the children festival was taken to the
Waterberg district.

Our
decision to create the craft exhibition centre in the central
business district of Polokwane yielded positive results. The crafters
and designers who displayed their products at the marketplace,
collectively made income of over R64 000 in few days. They
appreciated that they had been placed in an area that was easily
accessible for their potential clients.   

We
also hosted the Culinary Food Festival to promote our traditional
food. There were also drama and poetry sessions.

Madam
Speaker, those who attended the comedy sessions would attest to the
fact that those two nights of laughter were just what the doctor
ordered.

On
the day of the main concert, revelers were entertained by celebrated
musicians. They included the Wombo-Lombo hit-maker Angelique
Kidjo

from Benin, Sello
Galane
,
Candy,
Selaleo
Selota,

the Muso
Brothers, Thomas Chauke
,
and our man of the moment King
Monada

among others. 

I
would like to emphasize that 80 percent of the artists who performed
at the festival originate from Limpopo.   

Madam
Speaker, our department has four main programmes and several
sub-programmes.

ON
PROGRAMME 1, ADMINISTRATION

Since
library books became a requirement to be recorded as part of the
asset register, the department had continuously received a qualified
audit opinion in the past consecutive five years.

Another
contributory factor was the issue of irregular expenditure. The
department has accepted the marching orders as given by the,
Portfolio Committee and Standing Committee on Public Accounts to
improve the situation.

As
a result, six assistant directors have been appointed in all the six
district libraries to specifically address the issue of asset
management.

The
organisational structure has also been reviewed to capacitate our
Supply Chain Management Unit to ensure compliance with procurement
processes.

Interviews
to appoint permanent Head of the Department have already been held,
and we are hoping to make an announcement by the 1st
of April. This will bring stability and strengthen management within
the department.

This
programme is allocated a total of R148.6 million

ON
PROGRAMME 2, CULTURAL AFFAIRS

Madam
Speaker, the centrality of culture in our lives as a human species is
best captured in the preamble of the AU’s
Cultural Charter

,
adopted by African heads of State and Government in the 5th Ordinary
Session in Sudan in 2006

Leaders
of Africa agreed that: “African
culture is meaningless unless it plays a full part in the political
and social liberation struggle, and in the rehabilitation and
unification efforts and there is no limit to the cultural development
of a people.”

They
correctly posited that every human society is governed by rules and
principles that are influenced by culture.   

Therefore,
it can be argued that for every nation to fully realize its potential
in many aspects of life, if not all, it must first understand and
appreciate the role of culture.

Because
it encompasses several facets including languages, arts, literature,
lifestyle, traditions and customs, culture is often expressed in
different forms.

Going
forward, the 2017 Mapungubwe Arts, Culture and Heritage Festival will
be even better and full of innovations aimed at promoting the
cultural richness of our province.

THE
CREATIVE INDUSTRY STRATEGY

Madam
Speaker, the story of Limpopo shall be told through the music, film,
drama, crafts, dance, poetry and theatre.

We
have finalized the Creative Industry Strategy. This blueprint will
propel the creative sector, which if fully supported, will handsomely
grow the economy, create descent jobs for young people and promote
our diverse cultures.

R5.1
million has been allocated to develop this sector.

Nigeria
has proven that the creative industry can contribute immensely to the
GDP

FILM-MAKING

Madam
Speaker, to support the film industry, recently, with the SABC and
the National Film and Video Foundation, we hosted workshops for the
local filmmakers. A feasibility study has been concluded on the
establishment of a film production hub. We will work with the two
abovementioned institutions to ensure the production hub is
established during the 2017/18 financial year.

We
expect Muvhango,
Skeem Saam

and newly planned films to start shooting in our province.

Separately,
we had a fruitful meeting with the CEO of M-Net, who also committed
to give our locally produced films priority

PERFORMING
ARTS

Madam
Speaker, the performing arts in our province is growing
exponentially.  We have a lot of talent in the drama, poetry,
comedy, theatre, music and dance among others.

Working
with the Limpopo Arts and Culture Council, the statutory body of the
department, we have compiled a database of the abovementioned
artists. This database will help the council to implement the skills
development programme to empower them.

Madam
Speaker, allow me to recognize some of the fine talent in this
beautiful Province of ours in the Arts and Culture Industry: Our very
own Dr Tumi, who last year won six awards at the SABC Crown Gospel
Awards in Durban, and recently, the Best Urban Gospel Album at the
16th annual Metro FM Awards, is joining us today in the public
gallery.

King
Monada is making the waves and we are proud of him because he sings
in his mother tongue.

ON
FASHION MADAM SPEAKER

This
month, the department brought internationally renowned fashion
designer David Tlale to impart his skills and business acumen to our
young fashion designers and models.

We
are pleased to announce that two local designers, Koketso Moraba and
Frank Ramatsetse were awarded internships by the House of David
Tlale.

For
the first time, they got the opportunity to have their garments
showcased at the Mercedes-Benz
Fashion Week Cape Town 2017.

Koketso
and Frank are also joining us today. Can I ask them to stand so that
we can acknowledge them?

Madam
Speaker, let’s all support our local designers. They are really
talented.

ON
THEATRE

Madam
Speaker, the Multi-Purpose Performing Arts Centre is moving in the
right direction.

A
feasibility study has already been concluded. The Multi-Purpose
centre will consist of the following facilities: A 600 seater
performing theatre, outside open-air theatre for informal
performances, rehearsal studio, Curio shops for artefacts trading,
outside display stands for informal exhibitors, Liberation museum,
Box Office, Internet Café, Restaurant, Crèche, covered parking lot,
and a park with a public Gymnasium.

According
to the feasibility study, this facility will have a positive impact
on the socio economic front. It is projected to make a R11million
annual contribution to the Province’s GDP, sustain 113 job
opportunities.

The
plethora of performing arts groups in communities around the
province, gives credence to the confidence that the multi-purpose
centre will not be White Elephant.

We
hope that our talented artists will remain in the province and that
those who’re plying their trades in other provinces will come back
home to impart their much needed skills.

The
site identified for the centre is at the corner of Grobler and East
Streets in Polokwane. The feasibility study has estimated the total
construction costs of the centre is just below R100 million.

For
2017/18 financial year, R9.9 million has been set aside to kick-start
the project.

Madam
Speaker, I want to send a special word of appreciation to my
predecessor and colleague, MEC Nandi Ndalane for zealously leading
the efforts to have this Multi-Purpose Performing Arts Centre in our
province.

 

CRAFTS

Our
crafts continue to dominate the national and international markets.

In
2017/18, we are going to identify centres in all the five districts
to create flea-markets for our crafters to sell their products. We
are also finalizing a craft catalogue which will also be available
online, to promote our crafters. We urge all government institutions,
the private sector and all the people of Limpopo to buy from them
when they consider cooperate gifts. We will also help develop
emerging crafters to meet the quality assurance standards and have
access to the international markets. 

ARTS
IN SCHOOL

A
few weeks ago, myself and my colleague, MEC Ishmael Kgetjepe,
responsible for Education, we’ve signed a Memorandum of
Understanding, which will be a guideline on how we should implement
arts, culture and school sport programmes.

Every
last Friday of the month will be dedicated to the arts and cultural
activities in schools.

The
focus will be on the performing arts, Oral History, national identity
programmes, heritage programmes and crafts.

Bana
ba rena ba swanatše ba tsebe direto tša bona! Ba swanetse ba tsebe
gore ke bo mang, ba tswa kae.

 

ON
MUSEUMS AND HERITAGE

Madam
Speaker, the United Nations has declared 2017 as the International
Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.

This
brings to the fore, the concept of cultural tourism. Speaker, when
tourists come to our shores, they are not necessarily interested in
our shopping malls.

They
want to learn about the heritage of our history, our cultures, our
food and our lifestyle.

We
must therefore, market our heritage centers like the Mapungubwe World
Heritage Site and Makapanstad World Heritage Site as tourism
attractions. 

The
2017 Budget Lekgotla has instructed our department and LEDET to
convene the Culture and Tourism Indaba, with the aim to develop a
tourism strategy that will grow the sector.

We
will spend R2.5 million to refurbish three Museums, namely,
Schoemansdal, Dzata and Muti wa Vatsonga.