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Monday, September 20, 2021


Public Forum with political parties answering the question “Why should artists vote for you?”

The Sustaining Theatre and Dance (STAND) Foundation in association with Toyota US Woordfees is hosting a Summit of representative arts organisations in Stellenbosch from September 20 to 22 2021. 

The aim of the Summit is collectively to devise proposals and strategies to rebuild and sustain the creative sector that has been hit hard by COVID-19 lockdown regulations.

As part of the Summit, political parties have been invited to participate in a public forum on Tuesday September 21 at 19h00 to engage with delegates on the question “Why should artists vote for you?”, with all those who make their livelihoods within this sector asking a similar question in the light of the forthcoming municipal elections.

Cape Talk’s Africa Melane will host the forum with representatives from ActionSA, ANC, DA, EFF and SAFirst Forum.

Vytjie Mentor, Western Cape Chairperson of ActionSA will represent the party founded by Herman Mashaba.

Leader of the Opposition in the Western Cape Legislature, Cameron Dugmore, will speak for the ANC.

The DA will be represented by Councillor Zaid Badroodien, Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee member for Community Services and Health, and Federal Youth Chairperson of the DA.

Piaba Madokwe is a Member of Parliament and a member of the EFF’s Central Command Team.

The SAFirst Forum is contesting local government elections for the first time, and will be represented by its founder, Advocate Rod Solomon.

The event will be livestreamed on Facebook by Toyota US Woordfees, STAND Foundation, Im4theArts and other pages. 

Attendance at the event will be held in accordance with COVID-19 regulations and protocols and is aimed primarily at the delegates to the Summit. There are, however, a few places available for the media and for members of the public.

To attend, contact Jaco van Rensburg at or WhatsApp 0827735397.

For further information, contact Yvette Hardie, Convenor of the Summit, at 0828595635 or