Exciting opportunity awaits artists and athletes

Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa,

Bloemfontein-based artists and athletes will have the opportunity of meeting industry expects and learning from them. This according to creative entrepreneur and communication practitioner in the Free State, Siyabonga Mahomba.

Mahomba said actress Dawn Thandeka King from Uzalo and former Banyana Banyana soccer star, Portia Modise among others, are expected to join Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, who will be addressing local artists and athletes on how they should build sustainable careers in their respective fields.

One of the local artists Neo Mei, who goes by the name of Sir Noble, has welcomed the event and said this is one of the greatest opportunities ever for aspiring artists who want to grow in the entertainment industry. It will also be a great opportunity for local artists to voice their grievances directly with the minister.

Mahomba said this is one of the initiatives of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture that comes after the recently launched wellness intervention programme, Silapha.

He said the programme is designed to assist South African cultural and creative practitioners to be able to manage the emotional, spiritual, physical and psychological challenges they face in their personal lives and respective fields. He added that the programme is also aimed at enabling artists with capabilities to be able to manage their skills, finances and do away with substance abuse, including legal advice among others.

“We are looking to create awareness among Bloemfontein artist and athlets as well as the community at large. This will be an opportunity for local artists to learn tricks from industry veterans while they will be receiving empowering personal and professional advice from experts.”

The event took place on 17 and 18 November 2021 at the President Hotel in Bloemfontein.

Kekeletso Mosebetsi