Croatia is this year's setting for the annual meetings of the International Net-work for Cultural Policy (INCP), a grouping of about 58 cultural ministers from around the world, and its complementary NGO network, the International Network for Cultural Diversity (INCD). Mike van Graan reports.
What would be an appropriate metaphor to reflect the state of South African theatre in the first 10 years of democracy? Perhaps it would be <i>At Her Feet</i>, a play that was rejected by the National Arts Council (NAC), which suggested that playwright Nadia Davids rewrite her script to include other racial groups, only for the play in its original format to win two prestigious Fleur du Cap awards a few weeks later, writes Mike van Graan.
I have an idea for a new reality TV show. Train the cameras on the Department of Arts and Culture, particularly on its most senior management.Perhaps it could turn out to be our new daily soap, <i>The Rich and the Useless</i> writes Mike van Graan.
'Arts, science to go their separate ways," proclaimed Business Day. The Sunday Independent was more upbeat with "Arts and Culture to star in and run their own show". Whatever the spin, President Thabo Mbeki decreed that from August 1 the Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology (DACST) would split into two separate departments, each with its own director general, to "enable the departments to have a more focused approach". Both departments will remain accountable to the current political incumbents, Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology Ben Ngubane, and his deputy, Brigitte Mabandla.
Phuti Mahanyele-Dabengwa, chief executive of global internet company Naspers, has held senior posts in investment and development banking. She tells Tshegofatso Mathe about her family life in Soweto and her career, including with Cyril Ramaphosa before he went back to politics