26 December 2015
The Thaba Chweu Arts and Culture Forum (TCACF) held a training workshop at the Sabie Chambers in Simile on December 16. Local artists from Lydenburg, Sabie, Graskop, Pilgrims Rest, Matibidi, Leroro and Moremela attended the workshop. The initiative also aimed at inviting the local artists to add their names on the TCACF database for 2016/2017.
TCACF Treasurer Lerato Malatjie said that the organisation was established in 2012 but only became active in 2013. “Our vision is to see our local artists from their different sectors growing and doing something for themselves,” said Malatjie. “We believe that it’s time for artists to earn a living from their talents. The reason for this workshop is make sure that we use our database to identify all of them in order to assist. We have already funded art groups with uniforms, sewing machines and video cameras to help them further their talents.”
Some of the groups that have received funding from TCACF include Jafta Bestenbier, Micfed Youth Club, Mash Town MC’s, Meropa ya Thulare, Leroro Gospel Choir and Malema Group from Lyndenburg, Matibidi and Sabie respectively.
TCACF deputy Secretary, Rejoice Dibakoane, said that most people were not aware of the organisation and such events draw the public closer to the services provided by TCACF. She also stated that artists undergo many hardships to market their crafts and this causes many of them to give up on their talents. “We assist different groups in different sectors like perfoming arts, dance, music, drama, poetry, storytelling, etc,” said Dibakoane. “We want to open a cultural centre to reach out to as many artists in our municipality as possible. We’ll be having a competition next year and we invite all artists to participate. The information and updates will be posted all around the municipality to make sure that no artist is left out.”
TCACF Secretary, Julie Itsweni, said that all artists looking for assistance in funding or resources can contact the TCACF for further details. “TCACF representatives will be assigned to all the areas within the municipality to ensure that artists receive the break they are looking for to expose their talents,” said Itsweni. He emphasised the need for artists to restore their culture by using their mother tongues when relating their stories or producing their music. “This is a way to restore the different languages that are normally swallowed by the constant usage of English.”
For more information or assistance contact Lerato Malatjie on 082-599-1358.
Photo: From left: Organisers/committee of TCACF – Sophie Mokoena, Anna Modipane ,Lerato Malatjie, Schoolboy Nzimande, Judith Mkhize, Rejoice Dibakoane, Julie Itsweni, Matibidi Maponya and Obed Mkhatshwa.