establishment of the Mmabana Cultural Foundation in
the NAC receiving an unqualified audit in the 2013/14
the former Bophuthatswana.
financial year. In the 2014/2015 and 2015/2016 years it
The Mmabana Foundation used theatre, dance, sports
received clean audits.
and art to build self-esteem among children and com-
“The first thing I concentrated on was to ensure that
munities. The foundation led to the establishment of the
the governance structures are in place and that Public
Bop Arts Council, which spearheaded cultural develop-
Finance Management Act processes are above board and
ment in the province.
Now she is ensuring that the NAC develops and promotes excellence in the arts. The NAC was established in April 1997 through an Act of Parliament (Act 56 of 1997) and its vision is to promote, through the arts, the free expression of South Africa’s cultures.
Another major achievement during her time as CEO has been the stabilisation of the management team and getting a coherent team to sing from the same hymnbook, she adds. “One of the other things I’m proud of is the inroads we have made into the sector through partnerships. Develop-
It is a national agency mandated by the Department
ing the arts cannot be the responsibility of government
of Arts and Culture, with the responsibility of developing
alone and that is why we are working on these collabora-
South Africa’s creative industry by awarding grants to
individuals and organisations in the arts.
A change in mindset
One such partnership is a social cohesion project called 99.9% Alike. “This is a programme aimed at fostering social cohesion.
When Mangope took over as the CEO, the NAC was
The NAC and Wits University’s Paleontological Scientific
“just getting by”. She was determined to change that
Trust have entered into an agreement to fund a global ini-
and instil a new culture of doing things.
tiative that uses the science of humankind’s shared origins
Mangope says her approach is already paying off with
in Africa to promote tolerance of diversity, African dignity >>
CEO of the NAC Rosemary Mangope and Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Rejoice Mabudafhasi with dancers from Garage Dance Ensemble in Okiep.
Public Sector Manager • December 2016 / January 2017