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Matwetwe star’s passing was a loss to the whole industry

BY 29.03.19

The South African culture and creative industries was dealt a terrible blow with the killing of Sibusiso Khwinana, one of the lead actors in the home-grown film, Matwetwe. His unfortunate and untimely passing at such a tender age has deprived the country and the arts community of his raw talent. In part, due to his and co-actors, the film is reported to have made the top 10 most watched films in South Africa.

In 2016 he was amongst a few selected creatives to be given an opportunity to showcase works under our artistic development programme, The Incubator Programme sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture, whose objective is to prepare semi-professional art practitioners for mainstream industry.

He also wrote and directed a hard-hitting stage play on homophobia and corrective rape in lesbians titled Amend. Last year he was entrusted with the responsibility of being a Stage and Production Manager for the South African team, curated by the State Theatre at the request of the Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthetwa. The team went on to represent the country at the People to People Cultural Exchange programme hosted in China.

Gauteng Premier, Mr David Makhura cites SACO’s employment Report

SA Cultural Observatory’s  Employment Report (one of the research products completed by the was featured and referenced in Gauteng Premier, David Makhura’s State of the Province Address. He noted that Gauteng is the creative pulse of African continent, citing the report’s findings that the total cultural/creative employment in  South Africa accounted for 6.72% of all jobs in the country. Gauteng accounts for 146 729 (37%) of these jobs, an indication that the province has a comparative advantage in the creative sector.

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