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Saturday, December 5, 2020


The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) has announced the successful outcomes of the ACT Building Blocks Programme 2020 funded by The National Arts Council (NAC).

The open call for the ACT Building Blocks Programme ran from October 5 to 31, 2020, and saw more than 200 applications compete for a spot on the programme starting virtually in January 2021.

The Building Blocks Programme has historically been one of ACT’s most impactful programmes in the arts and culture sector, empowering a large number of arts and culture practitioners across South Africa to bolster their professional and business acumen with an arts specific framework.

As a means to support and bolster the entrepreneurial spirit and resilience of small (microbusiness) to mid-level organisations and arts practitioners, the extensive and updated ACT Building Blocks curriculum will cover:

-Digital Skills


-Governance and Monitoring & Evaluation

-ABCD (Asset-Based Community Development) in the arts

The selection process for the 2021 cohort has changed from previous years to assure an equal reach in all nine provinces of South Africa. The selection committee has selected five artists/organisations form each province.

The KZN successful applicants are:

Nosipho Mkhize, Njabulo Mashinini, Khulekani Mlangeni, Azuri Muhuli and Mandisi Heshu Heshu

The rest of the 45 successful applicants include:


Thabang Rampai, Mfanelo Dzanibe, Mogomotsi Simon Moshire Maphutha, Deborah Weber and Modisana Mabale

Free State:

Lebohang Lekoala; Lawrence Mongalo; Mosiuoa Ernest; Moeketsi Ntsala and Mamorena Leeuw


Mapula Modiba; Freddy Moketla; Kagiso Kekana; Promise Nyalungu and Reshoketswe Daphney Teffo

Eastern Cape:

Marshall Geswint; Sivu Giba; Antonia Ayabulela Gidi; Cebo Mzanywa and Thandeka Vabaza

Western Cape:

Kim Blanche Adonis; Celeste Loriston; Khumbulani Gobingca; Mpho Mashego and Stuart Palmer

Northern Cape:

Alfred Charles Hinkel; Rodrick Kuthula Mavundla; Mosimane Moses Jacobs; Mogale Sedibe and Katlego Nche

North West:

Boitumelo Makousu; Pule Joseph Tsholofelo; Vuyisile Bentile; Odirile Majatladi and Tshepiso Khumalo


Nokana Nokana; Nompumuzo Ndlovu; Jabulani Nkosi; Mxolisi Shabalala and Lucky Maseko

ACT CEO Marcus Desando says: “During these very trying and worrisome times of the COVID -19 pandemic, it is heart-warming to see the number of organisations and artists throughout our country showing interest in further enhancement of their skills as administrators and project managers. We as the ACT are looking forward to welcoming these latest additions to the ACT family through this programme and hope that they will be part of a renewed hope for our sector.

“Through the Building Blocks Programme we strive to increase the capacity and sustainability of South African arts and culture organisations and practitioners, small and mid-level creative enterprises and entrepreneurial artists. The Building Blocks Programme will strengthen the operational infrastructure of the programme participants by providing technical assistance and relevant developmental tools through Masterclasses and mentoring and in so doing serving the creative sector holistically,” Desando adds.

To link direct to the Arts & Culture Trust’s site, click on the ACT logo to the right of this article or visit