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Friday, July 9, 2021


Should NAC Council members – and/or the organisations in which they are involved - be eligible for NAC funding?

TADA (the Theatre and Dance Alliance) will hold a webinar on Monday July 12 from 17h30 to 19h00 and on Facebook Live, TADA.

This report from Mike van Graan, TADA Coordinator:

One of the findings in TADA’s report into the NAC’s mismanagement of the Presidential Employment Stimulus Programme (PESP) funding is that NAC members – both current members as well as members of the previous Council – benefited illegally from the PESP funds.

When this issue was presented by the media to Tshepo Mashiane, the NAC’s official spokesperson, he said that while some members had benefited from PESP funding, they had not done so as individuals; it was their organisations that had been funded, so no-one had benefited illegally.

What does the National Arts Council Act say?

Is it ambivalent in drawing a distinction between individuals who serve on the Council and their organisations? Is it right that organisations whose board members, management of staff serve on the NAC should benefit from NAC funding when organisations who do not have associates on the NAC may be disadvantaged? Are there enough knowledgeable individuals to serve on the NAC who are not attached to organisations or whose organisations do not need NAC funding? If Council members have benefited illegally, what should happen next?

These are some of the questions that will be interrogated during the online webinar.

The panel will include Mark Heywood, Social Justice Activist and Editor of Maverick Citizen; Sibongile Mngoma, President of Im4theArts, President of SAUCCIF and initiator of Abahlali ba se NAC and Monica Newton, CEO of the National Arts Festival.

The discussion will be conducted on Zoom and those who wish to follow may do so through the watch party to be hosted on TADA’s Facebook page.