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Sunday, April 16, 2023



The Arts & Culture Trust announces successful candidates for Thuthukisani Programme cycle 3, proudly supported by Nedbank.

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is pleased to announce the successful candidates in the training section of the Thuthukisani Programme Cycle 3, which is for applicants from Gauteng, the Free State and Western Cape.

The roll-out of the programme takes place in three cycles and applicants from three predetermined provinces per cycle are invited to apply. Cycle 1, covering Limpopo, Mpumalanga and North West has been completed and Cycle 2, covering the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal has also been finalised. Cycle 3 runs from April 4 to 30.

From the 70 applications received, the following 20 are the successful candidates from the three provinces:


Free State

David William Roman (Ble3sid Productions)

Happy Nthabiseng Moloi (Bapala Creatives Arts and Services)

Kwena Peu (Ebang Productions (Pty) Ltd)

Lerato George Thulo (Ray Creek (Pty) Ltd)

Lerato Kleinbooi Mafohla (Bapala Creatives Arts and Services)

Thabo Joseph Mabaso (Me4uTalented Studios)

Thabo Pie (Artistry Archive (Pty) Ltd)



Hayleigh Evans (POPArt Studios (PTY) LTD)

Jefferson Tshabalala (Ub'Dope Shishini)

Nomusa Mdlalose (Nomusa Mdlalose Art)

Nonkululeko Khoza (Struggles Theatre Production)

Pulane Mpondo (Khachube Media)

Tshepo Pelesi (Leano Projectz)

Viwolwetu Kulati (Viwo Kulati Concepts (Pty) Ltd)


Western Cape

Benjamin Francis Andre de Kock (Concept Records),

Karen Schofield-Nel (KSN Vibrato Euphoria)

Kim Conley (Amoyo Performing Arts Foundation),

Mandisi Heshu (AmphiArts)

Nani Mntonintshi (BAZ-Art)

Siseko Mngxali (Naledi Foundation) 

(Right: Jessica Denyschen, ACT CEO. Pic Gemma Garman _ Portraits)

Jessica Denyschen, ACT CEO, says: 'We are delighted by the response and congratulate the 20 applicants who qualified for Cycle 3. We are particularly encouraged by the scope of diverse arts-related businesses in this cycle and wish the applicants success in their endeavours. We hope to see them moving towards creating sustainable futures for themselves and, by doing so, also create opportunities to grow and develop the arts and culture.”

The ACT Thuthukisani Programme is a business development programme designed to empower a select group of artists and creative entrepreneurs to implement and execute their chosen projects in a strategic and sustainable way.

The curriculum includes an introduction to entrepreneurial practice, asset-based community development, audience development, strategic marketing, project management as well as governance and financial management.

Once the training programme has been completed, participants will pitch their projects for the opportunity to receive a cash investment and one-on-one mentorship. Only projects with merit that can generate a real income will be eligible for potential investment. Initiated and managed by the ACT, the ACT Thuthukisani Programme is supported by Nedbank.

Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank says: “The Nedbank Arts Affinity through the ACT has supported artists through many different projects over the years. But what we found is that, regardless of the artists’ and creative industry people’s talents, if they don’t have the appropriate business and entrepreneurial skills, they too easily fall by the wayside or really struggle to make ends meet. The Thuthukisani Programme was designed specifically to address these issues, and we are excited to witness so many of the participants of the programme responding so positively to the mentorship and taking charge of their finances, talent and lives in a structured, sustainable way.”

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