South African Cultural Observatory

Government funding of CCIs

Upload date: 10.06.21
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Government funding of CCIs There is growing recognition as articulated by Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) that the South Africa’s Cultural and Creative Industry/ Sector (CCI) substantially contributes to the economy and if adequately supported, can have a greater impact. DAC’s strategy is also to reposition the arts, culture and heritage sector to address social cohesion, creation of sustainable jobs and ensuring social and economic development. It is important to note, however, that “culture-led economic growth has proved highly unequal in the distribution of benefits” (Bell and Oakley, 2015: 5). They further indicate the cultural production tends to be concentrated in large urban areas and are often geographically biased towards wealthier areas and those with larger populations.
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