President Zuma commits to supporting the arts

By Mpho Tshikhudo
12 December 2014

At the ICC in Sandton in a room full of who’s who of the arts fraternity President Jacob Zuma spoke about the role artists played in fighting apartheid.

At the ICC in Sandton in a room full of who’s who of the arts fraternity President Jacob Zuma spoke  about the role artists played in fighting apartheid.

He also took the opportunity to pay tribute to fallen artists such as Lulu Dikana.

A guest of honour at the Gala Dinner in honour of the arts industry veterans, the president also addressed the crowds on the contribution and role of arts and culture in building of a new society.

“We have met specifically to acknowledge the role played by artists in the struggle for liberation and also the consolidation of freedom and democracy,” the president said.

“The creative industry sector has contributed immensely to both the struggle for liberation and also the period of reconstruction and development of our country.

“Your pens, voices, painting brushes, instruments, dance and films told the story of our dreams, the dream of a free, united, non-racial, non-sexist and prosperous South Africa.

“We are in agreement with artists that they should directly benefit from the work they do in this growing industry.

“It is for this reason that the new vision of government, through the Department of Arts and Culture, is to refocus the role of the arts, culture and heritage sector to actively promote entrepreneurship across the value chain of the arts and culture industry.”

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