South African Cultural Observatory

Exchange on Research Topics and Needs for the Animation Sector and potential Collaboration with GIZ and Animation SA

BY 26.09.23

The local gaming sector is in its infancy with most companies under ten years old. As part of disseminating its research, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) took part in an exchange workshop with GIZ and Animation SA. Through the engagement, the three organizations are trying to establish an analysis and gain a holistic understanding of the environment in which animation professionals are operating, functioning support systems as well as needs for strengthening the sector. The animation sector would like SACO to include research topics that focus on animation in its latest research agenda of the cultural and sports economy. Animation SA will be conducting a survey in the animation sector which is aimed at gathering an animation database for South Africa.

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The SA Cultural Observatory was established to undertake economic research for and about the cultural and creative industries in SA. We publish the reports on our website and in various media platforms, including this newsletter, with a view to empower industry stakeholders with information that we hope they will find useful, informative and can be relied upon when making decisions about the sector.

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The SA Cultural Observatory was established to undertake economic research for and about the cultural and creative industries in SA. We publish our reports in various media platforms, including this newsletter, with a view to empower industry stakeholders with information that we hope they will find useful, informative and can be relied upon when making decisions about the sector.

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