Deputy minister Buti Manamela on a mission
A lot of South African artists have nothing to show for their work after they die. Some of them become stars but die paupers. However, the the
Deputy Minister of Higher Education and Training, Buti Manamela, who
previously served as the Deputy Minister for Planning and Monitoring in
the Presidency since 26 May 2014 is set on changing this sad reality.
Last Thursday, the minister met with elders of the creative arts industry to discuss the progress on the work of the creative industries task team. The focus of the meeting was the two main laws that affect this sector: the Copyright Amendment Bill and the Performers Amendment Bill.
The bill was explained to the elders in detail and context was provided on how the legislation will improve the lives of local artists. The elders who were in attendance were afforded an opportunity to explain their realities to the deputy minister.
The elders were also brought up to speed on the policies such as the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF) which were presented for the first time at the Musicians Indaba in August.
“The creative industry has become one of my most important passions and I feel honoured to be amongst elders in this industry, not only because we are meeting but because we are working. Arts and culture is an important political instrument” an excited Minister Manamela told the elders.
The top five Idols SA contestants were also in attendance. The elders who attended the meeting included Vusi Mahlasela, Dorothy Masuku, Hilda Tloutlaba, Nothembi Mkwebane and Elsie Rasalanavho.
Minister Manamela committed to dealing with the issues raised in the meeting on an ongoing basis together with the task team.