“Being an aunt to such an amazing nephew, who is wise beyond his years, considerate and sensitive to others’ needs, socially aware than most folk I know, reads the community newspaper to keep himself informed, is a pleasure and a challenge for me to rise to the occasion ...” Writes BULELWABASSE“His advanced level of intellect at school has earned him the position of class peer-tutor, and his reliability and precision have appointed him as Timekeeper at his school’s Soul Buddies Club, which is called Sinethemba – A Beacon of Hope… His name is Asakhe Basse, which means let us build… How pertinent, at a time which compels us to build a nation … A legacy for ourselves and those of his generation.I am so proud to have been accompanied by him to the annual Cultural Affairs Awards 2018, as I am in the final year of my three year term as Chairperson of the Western Cape Cultural Commission– a community cultural outreach component of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport. My duties as the WCCC Chairperson involve leading an advisory board to Minister Anroux Marais, but most importantly, the mandate requires the facilitation of a funding platform, which supports the many community cultural councils within the Western Cape, enabling them – through capacity building workshops – to keep endorsing all things arts and culture, by preserving our heritage and affirming our identity. These are the things that entrench the aspiration of ‘unity in diversity’.Arts and culture – the backbone of society.And so, this is the year I not only hope to exit the WCCC with the assurance that the cultural landscape of the Western Cape is well-represented, but also inspired to pursue whatever public opportunities are available. Upon completion of my term, I will continue to serve South Africa through Lyrical Base Project – A literary and performing arts organisation that promotes the profiles of South African writers and musicians through platforms that showcase talent.And of course - Sisters in Solidarity South Africa, which is an organisation that advises women in business on how to legally register their business entities, so as to comply with the South African business regulatory bodies as well as to manage both their personal and business finances.This is an invitation - to all, to continue to collaborate and partner towards making an impact that is worthwhile within our immediate environment, including society at large.To engage this vision, I am available through Profound Partnerships: +27 (0) 63 1652 088. I look forward to create magic with you – on and off public stages.Ndiyabulela! Bulelwa Basse is a writer / performance poet and entrepreneur.