Pretoria – The Department of Arts and Culture has embarked on a process of re-aligning its funding to the priorities identified at the Consultative Conference, says Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile.
The conference had agreed in April that the “creative sector in South Africa had the potential to be a leading sector in generating economic growth, employment and trade as is the case in many advanced economies.”
“We will also be approaching National Treasury, with a view to securing increased funding for our sector focusing on the priorities we have identified, we are confident that we will receive a sympathetic ear from National Treasury, because our priorities speak directly to job creation, which is the primary focus of the work of government,” Mashatile told Parliament on Wednesday during the Budget Vote of his department.
He said the department will also be working with the Department of Trade and Industry with a view to ensuring that the sector benefits from the support measures outlined in the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP2).
“We are confident that; because of the plans we are putting forward, our sector will also be considered for funding from the R9 billion fund for job creation announced by the President earlier this year,” Mashatile said, committing to working with other public funding agencies such as the Industrial Development Corporation and the private sector to secure adequate funding for the sector. – BuaNews
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