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CALLING THE CREATIVE INDUSTRY IN SOUTH AFRICA

On Martin Luther King Day 2020, South African opera and indigenous jazz doyenne Sibongile Mngoma stood up and said “no more!” She created a group and invited friends to come together and organize new possibilities – starting with information sharing towards class actions to bring corrupt arts administrators to account. She struck a nerve! South Africa’s artists have had enough.

So here we are! We want South African Arts to thrive. Driven to the brink of starvation, our nation’s soul robbed of our offerings, we mean business. If we have to take the Minister of Arts and Culture to court, or anyone else, then SO BE IT. It is up to us, the arts-oriented citizenry to bring corrupt administrators to account and ensure access to funding for all – and we mean artists. And if we can come together to take that on, we can do anything! Let’s build! We invite ideas, we celebrate diversity, inspiration and passion. We ARE the creative solution.

Meanwhile we call on all South African artists and arts allies, especially Legal Eagles who feel our pain, to join and contribute to our first mission, in support of our founder Sibongile Mngoma:

(1) To share our stories, experiences and remembrances of our thwarted attempts at proposing for & obtaining funding,

(2) To require organizations and departments to pay attention to what we can offer our nation, back it with moral integrity, operational support and the funding allocated for our work,

(3) collate shared information so we can connect the dots, and build strong cases for successful civil class action law suits where necessary,

(4) and ensure funding access happens the right way going forward.

Tribe, we need the info! We are setting up a private and confidential group where you can share specific details of your experiences with names, dates, e-mail trails, documents etc, and be assured that your info will remain confidential. We must be able to connect the year, to the administrator/s and departments, to what was funded, where the money went, and how it was spent.

THIS COMES WITH AN IMPORTANT CAVEAT FROM THE ADMINS:

The people we want to bring to book will not play nice. To keep ourselves safe against accusations of slander/libel etc, we ask you to join the confidential facebook group, giving us your details, and where you can confidentially share your stories that can be built into sworn affidavits with supporting documents to stand up in court. This page will be a separate but linked page to this one, and will have a closed membership. We need to do this right. And further, let’s play here and be creative! Let’s reconstruct and make Madiba proud. Share your work if you feel like showing and telling.

Let’s inspire each other.