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THEMBA WAKASHE FOR DACST (article first published : 2001-09-13)

The Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology recently announced the appointment of Themba Wakashe as the new DDG: Arts and Culture.

In the past three years, Themba Wakashe has distinguished himself in the position of Chief Director: Arts and Culture at DACST. He was instrumental in developing and implementing government strategy for film in South Africa as well as developing significant partnerships on the internal relations front, which have yielded considerable gains in transforming the cultural landscape of South Africa.

Mr. Wakashe's studying and working experience spans Scandinavia, North America and Africa. Included in his background is knowledge of art policy development. He was convenor of the five commissions set-up in preparation of the Culture and Development Conference (CDC) organised by the African National Congressís Department of Arts and Culture. He was also a member of a two person delegation representing the ANC in arts and culture policy and funding talks with the French Government in 1993. He participated in the development and formulation of arts and culture policy within the government's Reconstruction and Development Programme.




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