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VUMA NEEDS HELP (article first published : 2001-03-3)

Vuma Art Centre is situated in the centre of Durban at 115 Alice Street. This centre was renovated 18 months ago from the Stable Theatre which offered a working place to hundreds of talented and hard working artists of KZN who had no other venue they could call an artistic home.

"While the centre hasn't been opened officially, it is operating now", says Thembisile Myataza, admin officer of Vuma Art Centre, “but to a high demand from the artists. Vuma Art Centre is the only centre where they can have rehearsal space at reasonable cost and the available money is used to maintain the centre so as to keep it immaculate, but we don't have funds of any other kind at present.

“So instead of folding our hands and waiting for funds that we don't know if, or when, they will come, we're trying to open a small snack shop which is going to cater for artist's needs and generate income on a daily basis for the centre's benefit and to meet it's essential needs. For example, the centre doesn't have chairs in the hall, a proper theatre stage, sound-proofing and many other things essential to artistic work or performing arts for which it was designed."

"We need appliances like a freezer, refrigerator, stove, gas cylinder with a braaing stand, deep fryer, cooking utensils, snack rack and cutlery. If anyone can donate any of the above mentioned appliances, that would be a blessing" says Thembisile.

If you can help in any way, contact Thembisile Myataza, Vuma Art Centre's acting administration officer at Vuma, 115 Alice Street, corner of Russel/Alice Streets or phone E N Hadebe at 083 364 8312 or Mr Zwane at 083 403 2529.




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