Profiles in leadership
and social cohesion. The project promotes arts education.”
Nurturing talent South African artists are immensely talented and that talent needs to be nurtured, says Mangope.
particularly literature, and visual art can be used to teach maths, she adds. According to the Mangope, shapes in Ndebele cultural paintings can be used to explain shapes.
“There are pockets of excellence and development but
The NAC has also produced learner work books for
more can still be done. We have a number of artists, in
Grade 9: Creative Arts, Mathematics and Social Sciences
various disciplines, who are doing well overseas,” she adds.
and Grade 10: Visual Arts, Mathematics and History.
One such artist is Simphiwe Simon Shibambu who is funded by the NAC. He is studying towards his Masters of
Performance in Vocal Performance at the Royal College of
As part of its support to artists, the NAC has committed
Music (Jette Parke Young Artist Programme) in London.
almost R1 million over the next three years to sponsor
Mangope boasts that Shibambu was chosen to sing for Queen Elizabeth during her 90th birthday celebrations. She says that with the immense talent South African artists possess, it is important that they develop an entrepreneurial spirit.
90 choreographers. This included 30 choreographers each from Mpumalanga, North West and Northern Cape. The training of the choreographers is being done in partnership with Tshwane University of Technology.
“We are calling for artists to create employment for them-
“The partnership is about creating opportunities to
selves and to employ others so that they don’t become a
build a strong base for an ongoing national programme
burden to the state.”
that will continue to empower youth and transform as-
The NAC is working closely with Business Arts South Africa (BASA) to provide artists with the skills they would need to build sound businesses.
pects of our society through exposure and engagement with the performing arts,” explains Mangope. Artists, organisations, groups and institutions can ap-
“We want them to build capacity and to enable benefi-
ply for funding from the NAC in a number of disciplines,
ciaries, specifically those who had been declined funding
including craft, dance/choreography, literature and pub-
in the past due to incapacity, to become entrepreneurs
lishing, music, theatre/drama, multi-disciplines and visual
and to grow small creative businesses.
“We are creating a platform to help beneficiaries un-
The NAC provides funding for things like projects,
derstand and fulfil the compliance requirements, and to
touring projects, residencies, conferences, studies and
increase their skills and knowledge around pitching and
workshops. “We also support individuals and institutions
through bursaries for national and international under-
In recent years, a number of South African artists have reportedly died as paupers, despite their success. Mangope
graduate and postgraduate studies,” she says.
says the NAC is helping artists manage their finances better
About Rosemary Mangope
so that they will not go down the same road.
Mangope has a BA Social Work degree and Honours De-
“The emphasis is on equipping them so that they are able
gree in Sociology from the former University of the North,
to balance their books, understand their bank statements
now known as the University of Limpopo. She also has a
and have their taxes in order,” she explains.
Master’s Degree in Sociology from the former University
Arts in education
For example, drama can be a useful tool to teach English,
of Bophuthatswana, now known as North West University. She is a former Chief Director at the Department of Arts
Mangope says she would love to see the arts used more
and Culture and was also Acting Deputy-Director Gen-
often in classrooms and believes they can be used to help
eral, Divisional Executive: Communication, Marketing and
learners understand subjects better.
Public Affairs at the Development Bank of South Africa.
Public Sector Manager • December 2016 / January 2017