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APPOINTMENT OF NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL (article first published : 2005-10-15)

The Performing Arts Network of South Africa (PANSA) welcomes the advertisement placed by the Department of Arts and Culture in the Sunday Times October 9 2005, in which the full list of nominees for the new NAC Board is published, along with the names of the selection panel.

In a previous media release, PANSA expressed its concerns about the lack of transparency with which the appointment of the NAC Board was being conducted. In particular, we believed that the public and the arts community were being denied their legal right to participate in the process as encouraged by the NAC Act. We called upon the Minister to take corrective action, and we express our sincere appreciation as he has done so. This contrasts dramatically with our experience under the previous Minister responsible for arts and culture. We trust that the appointment of this Board and its tenure - will be mired in less controversy than that of the previous Board.

Given the experience of the previous board, and to ensure that the individuals appointed to the Board are of the highest calibre and enjoy the support of the broad arts community, we urge the arts sector to scrutinize the names of the nominees, and to raise objections to those nominees who, on the basis of their record, they do not believe will serve the best interests of the arts sector. The DAC advertisement calls for such objections to be sent to the Director-General of the Department of Arts and Culture, Private Bag X897, Pretoria, 0001, fax: 012-3378540 or email Vanessa.mahibila@dac.gov.za Such objections are to reach the DGs office on, or by October 21 2005.

In particular, the nominees short-listed for interviews and from whom the final selection will be made should be scrutinized. They are the following (as gleaned from the list distributed at the interviewing sessions): FREE STATE: Danny Moleko. GAUTENG: Shadrack Bokaba, Prof David Bunn, Adv Hlako Choma, Richard Cock, Sandile Dikeni, Sello Galane, Veliswa Gwintsa, David Koloane, Navid Lakha, Frank Ledimo, Charles Mabaso, Advocate Brenda Madumise, Bishop Makobe, Johnny Masilela, Dr Oupa Moshebi, Nicholas Motsatse, Evelyn Senna, Martin Schonberg, Kiren Thathia, Claude Trevor/Gombard, Giep van Zyl. KWAZULU-NATAL: Zamindlela Bhengu, Nicky du Plessis, Jay Pather, Keletso Pekile, Bongani Tembe, Mduduzi Xakaza. LIMPOPO: James Mabela. WESTERN CAPE: Erica Elk, Delecia Forbes, Graham Falken,

Issued by PANSA National Office on 011 492 3211, fax 086 673 7003 or e-mail: pansa@artslink.co.za




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