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Investing in Culture Programme
“Expanded public works programmes can provide poverty and income relief through temporary work for the unemployed to carry out socially useful activities. These EPWP will be designed to equip participants with a modicum of training and work experience, which should enhance their ability to earn a living in the future.“

DEPARTMENT: ARTS AND CULTURE

REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

 

 

GDS Agreement, June 2003

 

1. INTRODUCTION   

The National Department of Arts and Culture through its Investing in Culture Programme, aims to provide access to skills and markets as a tool for urban regeneration, rural development, and job creation.  Investing in Culture is not meant to replace or fund the Provincial and Local Arts and Culture programs, nor substitute the role of funding organizations such as NAC, NFVF, PACC, NHC etc.

2. BROAD OUTCOMES

2.1 Overall objective: Developing capital by allocating resources to ensure return on investments that will fulfill the key objectives of DAC and broader imperatives of government

2.2 Key Responsibility: Ensuring realization of empowerment opportunities through training and job creation in arts, culture and heritage sector.

The broad outcomes are all inclusive and embraces the following concepts:

  • Potential sustainable economic growth through music, arts, heritage amongst other drivers
  • Building social cohesion
  • Promotion of coordinated governance (three tier of government)
  • Capacity building through support provided by Provincial Coordinators
  • Departmental contribution to Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP)
  • Alignment of projects with PGDS.

 

3. SPECIFIC TARGET GROUPS

Broad based empowerment and ensure support to:

Preference to poverty nodes and provincial priority areas in line with EPWP, ISRDP and URP.  The criteria for funding projects include ability to address the national priorities namely, poverty alleviation, involvement of women (60%), youth (30%) and disabled people (2%) and job creation.  Projects must have potential to be marketable, be self-sustaining, be community driven and should directly benefit the community in terms of job creation. Other targets include rural, peri-urban and urban poor communities.  Furthermore, projects that use raw materials should ensure that the resources are eco-friendly and environmentally sustainable.  They must have potential to promote tourism.

 

4. INDICATORS MEASURED

To ensure that projects implemented address the need, the following indicators can be used to monitor and evaluate the impact of the IIC programme in communities:

  • No of people employed
  • No training days (whilst employed)
  • No of SMME’s used or created
  • No of exit opportunities created
  • No of beneficiaries participating in a learnership
  • % women, youth, disabled in relation to target
  • % of accredited training days
  • % of project value spent on beneficiaries
  • % of project value spent on SMME’s
  • % of beneficiaries landed on exit opportunities at the end of projection period
  • revenue generated through product sales

 

5.  BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF PROGRAMME WITHIN WHICH PROJECTS FITS

5.1 Proposed Location of Projects

The projects will be located in all nine provinces with an even geographical spread across the municipal districts in each province.

The location of the projects will also be influenced by where projects are situated and on the advice of local and provincial authorities or where optimal impact will be effected.

Wherever possible, clustering, either geographically or per activity or nodes, will be applied.

5.2 Mechanisms used for identifying and selecting projects

Implementation of the “Investing in Culture” programme will follow the route of:

  • Call for applications through Provinces and DAC Chief Directorates
  • Projects to be part of Municipal Integrated Development Plans(IDP’s)
  • Endorsements by Provinces (MEC’s Office) to ensure alignment with PGDS
  • Review by Investing In Culture Unit
  • Registration of proposals by DAC
  • Recommendations by DAC Task Team
  • Recommendation by DDG
  • Approval by DG and Minister
  • Implementation by Investing In Culture Chief Directorate
  • Project list and allocation made available to province after approval
  • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Monthly Reports
  • Review progress(provincial steering committee)
  • Quarterly Reports(EPWP coordinators, provincially)
  • Impact analysis studies.

        

6. IIC PROGRAMMES

Poverty alleviation is an important factor that is taken into account in all projects and is not narrowly defined as mere income generation. The projects undertaken by DAC attempt to address issues not only of economic opportunities but also the development of social benefits.

 Key issues for consideration include:

  • Poverty alleviation
  • Sustainability
  • Capacity building
  • Nodal investment
  • Empowerment
  • Development

 7. CONCLUSION

DAC is aware of the need to enter into more partnerships because it is only when expertise, resources and institutional capacities are combined across government, civil society and the business sector will our chances of success be significantly increased. The approach employed in the implementation of this programme is all inclusive comprising of the following expectations: 

  • Province and Municipalities are expected to endorse applications supporting(Provincial Growth and Development and Development strategies (PGDS’s and IDP’s respectively)
  • Province and Municipalities expected to support EPWP projects through their own funded projects
  • Ensure that submitted projects comply with EPWP guidelines broadly around job creation and training(Skills development)
  • Provinces and Municipalities to ensure monthly and quarterly reporting as a means contributing meaningfully to government programmes

     (EPWP,ISRDP and URP)

 

CONTACTS:                                                                                      

DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE
Contact: Dr Fikile Dilika
Chief  Director: Investing In Culture
012 – 337 8548
012 – 337 8285
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DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE
Contact: Ms Tshepiso Selokela
Secretary to Chief Director: Investing In Culture
012 – 337 8548
012 – 337 8285
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DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE
Contact: Ms Nomvula Mbangela (Northern Cape)
Deputy Director: Investing In Culture
012 – 337 8561
012 – 337 8285
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DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE
Contact: Mr Meshack Xaba (Limpopo)
Deputy Director : Investing In Culture
012 – 337 8561
012 – 337 8285
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DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE
Contact: Ms Nontuthuzelo Nqabeni (Gauteng)
Deputy Director: Investing In Culture
012 – 337 8504
012 – 337 8285
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DEPARTMENT OF ARTS AND CULTURE
Contact: Mr Dunisani Chabalala (Free State)
Deputy Director: Investing In Culture
012 – 337 8561
012 – 337 8285
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