Department of Arts and Culture awards wellness tender to an advertising company

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Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa
Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa
  • Spanning a period of three years, the tender’s contract value is R 14 912 901. 
  • The tender has been awarded to Indingliz Advertising and Marketing. 
  • The founder and managing director of Indingliz was unavailable to comment, stating that they had yet to sign the contract.


The effect of the national lockdown continues to take its toll on the financial wellbeing of South Africa’s arts and culture industries. In the early days of July 2020, The Fugard Theatre rolled out retrenchments and cancelled operations until 2021. Later in the month, Cape Town based gallery Smith Studio announced closing its doors by the end of August. And independent practitioners have been scrambling for sources of income.

To tackle this, the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture advertised a tender for a service provider to offer “a comprehensive wellness intervention programme for the South African culture and creative practitioners”. Spanning a period of three years, the tender’s contract value is R 14 912 901. 

The tender has been awarded to Indingliz Advertising and Marketing. Established in 2005 by Davis Manqoba Khoza, Indingliz Advertising and Marketing’s website says the company has specialised in advertising and marketing communication for fifteen years. In addition to the offices in Berea, East London, its headquarters are in Rivonia, Sandton. 

Arts24 reached out to Khoza, the founder and managing director of Indingliz to find out how the company, which has not publicised its know-how or experience in matters of wellness, would plan to bridge the gap in preparation for the programme that they will be carrying out on behalf of the DAC. 

In response to an email from Arts24, Khoza responded saying, “Your request below is noted, however please note that we [haven’t] signed the contract with the department as yet, therefore I am not in position to attend to any interview at the moment.”

When asked if he knew when the contract signing would be finalised, Khoza said he had “no idea, lockdown has affected a lot of processes, I will keep you posted”. 

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