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Writer: Albert Pule Photographer: Lauge Sorensen
Arts are in Rosemary
Mangope’s blood R
osemary Mangope needs no extra motivation to get out of bed and ready for work in the morning.
“My love for the arts was nurtured in my home. My fa-
In fact, there is nothing else she would rather be
ther used to play the saxophone and was a jazz lover. He
doing than leading the National Arts Council (NAC), a role she describes as her dream job.
introduced me to music. “My home was a melting pot of performing artists and
“This job is like a dream come true for me because the arts
even at the height of apartheid we hosted jazz legends
have always been in my blood and arts administration has
like Champion Jack Du Preez, Lamont Dozier and Harare
always been my passion,” she tells PSM.
(Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse) as a band.”
Mangope is the CEO of the NAC, a position she has held since 2013. Her love and involvement in the arts dates back decades
and was prompted by watching her father play jazz.
Mangope was later responsible for creating a chain of arts centres in the former Bophuthatswana homeland. In the mid-80s, she played an important role in the
Public Sector Manager • December 2016 / January 2017