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Thursday, April 29, 2021


The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) reaches another milestone as it announces the second wave of successful outcomes for the ACT Building Blocks Programme 2021 funded by the National Arts Council (NAC).

The open call for the second virtual ACT Building Blocks Programme ran from February 17 to March 3, 2021, and saw more than 160 applicants from across the country compete for a spot on the programme starting online in May 2021.

The Building Blocks Programme remains one of ACT’s most impactful and relevant programmes in the arts and culture sector, empowering a large number of arts and culture practitioners across South Africa to hone their professional and business development within an arts specific framework.

As a means to support and bolster the entrepreneurial spirit and strengthen the 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 South African provinces. A selection committee selected up to five deserving artists/organisations form each province.

The Kwa-Zulu Natal participants are:

Goodman Majola – Organisation (Mary Gray Theatre Projects)

Dane Duwane Francis - Individual

Jarryd Watson – Organisation (The Wentworth Arts and Culture Organisation)

Noxolo Thandeka Mlungwana – Individual


The remaining successful applicants are:


Buhle Martha Radebe – Individual; Sifiso Ngwane – Organisation (Moonstone Tales); Lungile Zaphi – Organisation (Morris Isaacson Centre of Music); Lethabo Gumede – Individual; Kganya Mogashoa – Individual

Free State:

Lerato George Thulo – Organsiation (Raycreek (Pty) Ltd); Lana Combrinck – Individual; Pheello Rasello – Organisation (Black Roots Productions (Pty) Ltd); Berlina Medupi – Organisations (Tidimalo Dance and Theatre Productions); Lehlohonolo Mabaso - Individual


Rendani Fulufhelo Mashau – Individual; Makwena Manamela – Organisation (Deft PR); Mashapa Sesera – Organisation (Xclusive Spot Theatre); Nthwaleng Selina Tlaka – Organisation (Ipopeng Cultural Group); Sello Matsemela – Organisation ( Manyalo Music Awards)

Eastern Cape:

Litha Ncokazi – Organisation (Art Versatile Institute for Arts Development, Entrepreneurship and Research); Sibusiso Molefe – Individual (BANG Entertainment); Heidi Sincuba – Individual (Sincuba Studios); Ryan Carlo Campher – Individual; Gary Ndlovu – Individual

Western Cape:

Christie v Zyl – Individual; Mboneleli Gqirana - Organisation (iKhaya eLitsha Hub); Xolane Marman – Individual; Ralton Nolan – Individual; Kirsten Pienaar – Organisation (Biblioteek Productions)

Northern Cape:

Balfour Lekgwathi – Organisation (On The Beat Communications); Richie Cloete – Individual; Vuyo Mayesa – Individual; Monnapula Maranda – Individual; Arnold Matthews - Individual

North West:

Amogelang Mokonoko – Individual; Thina Minya – Individual (MaCa – Mareledi Centre of ARTS); Thabo Mauco – Individual; Nonhlanhla Pitseng – Organisation (Raikaga Performing Arts); Tshepo Mothudi - Individual


Smangele Theledi – Organisation (Youth Nest Foundation NPC); Speelman Mabena – Organisation (SM Pro Studios); Clement Mokoena – Individual (FunkMusiq); Joseph Mandla Mahlangu – Organisation (Joed Multipurpose Organisation)


ACT CEO Marcus Desando says: “After the outcomes of the previous iteration of the ACT Building Blocks Programme, it is very exciting for us to welcome another cohort of participants who will experience the extensive masterclasses and mentoring that is part of this programme. ACT as an organisation is highly encouraged by the calibre of participants who have applied and the fortunate ones who were chosen. We wish them enrichment and fortitude through this programme and its impact on us all.”

A graduate form the first iteration of the revamped Building Blocks Programme commented; “The points that were covered were relevant to my work and situations, problems or solutions I had encountered. There was a nice flow between given information and discussions.”

Through the Building Blocks Programme ACT strives 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.

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