Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Rejoice Mabudafhasi will host Craft Imbizo with Crafters and Craft Stakeholders on 1 November and 3 November 2016 at Calvinia and Upington, Northern Cape, respectively.
MEC for Sport, Arts and Culture in Northern Cape Province, Bongiwe Mbiqo-Gigaba will join the Deputy Minister on these occasions.
This Imbizo seeks to strengthen government’s efforts in the implementation of the Programme of Action as well as government’s monitoring and evaluation system.
The Craft Sector has long being acknowledged as one of the strategic sectors for socio-economic development and job creation in the country.
Despite this, many challenges still beset this sector. These challenges ranges from access to information, access to viable markets, access to reasonably priced raw materials for craft production as well as access to funding and finance.
It is for this reason that the Deputy Minister and the MEC will conduct the Craft Imbizo to provide a platform for crafters and craft stakeholders to engage on the challenges, share ideas on craft sectors’ development and how craft sector can be better serviced moving forward.
During her visit to Northern Cape, the Deputy Minister will also hoist the national flag at Frank Biggs Primary School in Upington as part of the Department of Arts and Culture’s Flag in every school campaign.
The visit schedule is as follows:
- Craft Imbizo
Date: Tuesday, 1 November 2016
Venue: Lennie Skippers Hall, Calvinia; Namakwa & Pixley Ka Seme District Municipalities.
- Flag Hoisting
Date: Wednesday, 2 November 2016
Venue: Frank Biggs Primary School, Upington.
- Craft Imbizo
Date: Thursday, 3 November 2016
Venue: Speelman Hall; Upington, Siyanda & John Taolo Gaetsewe District