Congratulatory message to new Minister
Congratulatory message to new Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture, Makhosini Hlongwane (MP)
In a congratulatory message delivered to the new Minister of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture – Makhosini Hlongwane (MP) – this week, the City of Bulawayo’s Cultural Affairs Office (BCAO) and its partner Nhimbe Trust thanked the government for the continued recognition of Arts and Culture as an important and integral facet of government, during the recent Cabinet reshuffle.
The two organisations confirmed their commitment to support and contribute all that is necessary to make the Ministry an effective vehicle for the creation of a viable arts and cultural sector that effectively contributes to the nation’s socio-economic development.
In 2015, the City of Bulawayo signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Nhimbe Trust, for technical cooperation in the setting up and running of the Bulawayo Cultural Affairs Office; as a way of contributing to government’s efforts towards the building of a viable arts, culture and heritage sector as espoused in the new National Cultural Policy adopted in 2016.
The BCAO engaged well known arts practitioner Nkululeko Nkala as fulltime Cultural Affairs Officer to coordinate the City’s efforts to developing and implementing Bulawayo’s arts, culture and heritage programme of action, informed and guided by the National Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy. Nkala is assisted by intern Sithabile Ndubiwa, a student of Lupane State University.
The congratulatory message used the opportunity to bring to the new minister’s attention a number of key areas for attention, including the need to:
- expedite the establishment of the Zimbabwe Chamber of Creative Industries (ZCCI);
- ensure that the National Arts Council creates a structure for funding the arts; the need to make public the deliverables for the newly appointed National Arts Council Board
- prioritize the implementation of the 2016 National Cultural Policy with a clear budget whose priorities are validated by arts, culture and heritage stakeholders as part of the ongoing 2018 National Budget consultations
- introduce a culture of consultation between National Arts Council, the National Gallery and concerned stakeholders in general, and to review statutory instruments, especially those that clearly impact negatively on the vibrancy of cultural/creative industries and operations, and inform stakeholders on possible amendments to legislation;
- the creation of a system of dialogue where the four sectors – sport, recreation, arts and culture – share their policies, plans and collaborate and share effectively the human, material and financial resources provided to the ministry.
- the re-activation and revitalization of the National Intangible Cultural Heritage Committee, and the creation of a national committee on the implementation of the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.
- to consider the implementation or observations of the cultural instruments of UNESCO, the African Union and the SADC, and ratification of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance, which was adopted by the Sixth Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the African Union held in Khartoum in 2006.
The message to the minister, which was signed by Nkue Nkala and Josh Nyapimbi, concluded:
“We are available for dialogue with you and to participate in all efforts to bring about comprehensive consultations in an effort to solve challenges that are faced by the arts and culture sector in Bulawayo and nationally. We wish you and the Deputy Minister well in your leadership of the arts and culture sector.”