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SANAC (article first published : 2002-11-24)

The Johannesburg Civic Theatre played host to an historic meeting on November 16 when delegates from a range of arts and culture disciplines and sectors, met to establish a process to launch a national network to represent the interests of the sector.

“With a new Director General at the Department of Arts and Culture from January next year, and with the board of the NAC changing on April 1, there is an opportunity to rejuvenate the arts and culture in our country,” said Andries Oliphant, who was elected Chairperson of the Interim Steering Committee.

“Experience shows that such an opportunity will only be realised if the arts and culture sector has an organised voice to represent its interests and to partner government and funding agencies in harnessing all the available resources to expand creativity and accelerate development of the sector and the country,” continued Oliphant, who served as the chairperson of the only previous national arts lobby, the National Arts Coalition, and is the former chairperson of the Arts and Culture Task Group (ACTAG) that proposed new cultural policies for the post-apartheid dispensation.

The meeting follows the October conference of the International Network for Cultural Diversity (INCD) in Cape Town, where South African delegates expressed a need for a national structure to take up issues of globalisation and its impact on the local cultural industries.

This, together with emerging national structures in film, literature, community arts and visual arts, have created optimal conditions for the creation of an umbrella organisation for the cultural community.

The Interim Steering Committee of the provisionally-named South African Network for Arts and Culture (SANAC) comprises individuals nominated at the INCD conference and others linked to organisations of national significance. The Interim Steering Committee agreed to launch SANAC on June 7 2003, at which point it will dissolve in favour of an elected National Steering Committee.

Membership of the SA Network for Arts and Culture will be open to all nationally, provincially and locally-representative arts and culture formations.

Steering committee members include Mike Dearham (Film Resources Unit), Basil Dube and Mbongeni Ndlovu (Musicians Union of SA), Zayd Minty and Nise Malange (Community arts centres sector), David April and Tammy Ballantyne (PANSA), Japan Mthembu (PAWE), Susan Sellschop (craft), Estelle Jacobs, Storm van Rensburg, Clive Kellner and Frank Ledimo (visual arts), Georgina Thomson (FNB Dance Umbrella), Rochelle Keene and Khanyile Jezi (SA Museums Association), Mzwakhe Mdidimba (theatre), Mike van Graan (INCD Steering Committee member), Rosie Katz (MIDI Trust), Andries Oliphant (literature) and Peter Rorvik (Centre for Creative Arts).

An initial point of contact for interested parties is PANSA’s national office at 021-674 0520 (tel/fax) or e-mail art27m@iafrica.com

For further information about SANAC, contact Andries Oliphant – 012-429 6810 or 083 3254619.




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