May 2007 DIKGANG TSA MOGALE NEWS 3 Creativity takes centre stage! BY CLIFFORD MOGOTSI s part of the norm, a Municipality lauded for role it has programmes and activities for all stakeholders in Mogale City . “In conjunction with the Mogale A colourful and cultural garment, at times complemented by odd looking dreadlocks, uncover one of the palpable manifestations of a played in protecting culture, heritage , City Local Municipality the forum is co-ordinating arts and culture programmes and we are planning to partnership with the province and other statutory organisations,” said typical township artist, a creative male artists in the home grounds of The disgruntled artists also had Mbhokodo. human being that sees what others the city of Human Origin, Mogale harsh words for the director of Arts At the second session of the don’t see. , City have in the long run and Culture at the Gauteng indaba, a structure was elected and This sector of the disadvantaged experienced lack of exposure in the Department of Sports, Arts, Culture members were elected according to population expresses themselves outside world of arts and a dream to and Recreation, Charmaine Botha, their long service in their creative through various artworks, and their reach the stardom, to some, is just a saying her departments do not bring . industry The chairperson of the creative package comes in the form pipedream. activities to Mogale City and that forum is Norman “Otto” of visual art, soulful voice, cultural Spotted in their usual odd outfit, the budget of R200 000 is little to Mjangqeka, the deputy Nonhlanhla dance, only to mention a few. local artists recently attended a cover for their entire city. Gobe and secretarial work is done However, their creative work in 2-day Heritage Arts and Culture A local arts activist known as by Funeka Ramorula and Euleila general last until up to their wrinkly Indaba aimed at thrashing out Lucky Chief, expressed that Botha’s Mokolobate. age but it is not well recognised. problems that local artists department should consider Mogale Basimane Thekiso was elected And, not like others, their experience and also to establish a for major arts projects. “Your liaison officer. Also leading the creative expertise are not properly new Mogale City Heritage, Arts and (Botha) presentation includes places visual art commission is Godfrey guarded by different Heritage, Arts Culture Forum. LAMBASTED: Director Arts and such as Soweto and I need to know Khunou, with Johnny Maponya and Culture structures, and their The indaba, which was Culture at the Gauteng when is your department bringing heading the commission of theatre, rights in the creative industry are concerned with the preservation Department of Sports, Arts, major projects to Mogale City ,” while other 10 members were just in tatters. and restoration of culture, artistic Culture and Recreation, asked Lucky . elected for the music section. In particular, Mogale’s local and historical heritage, also Charmaine Botha. However, attendees applauded Three co-ordinators were also artists have tried hundreds of hightlighted opportunities facing the Mogale City Local Municipality elected, Mathilda Vukanwe, Paul meetings only to find direct access Mogale City . Legendary artist Alph Mosenye for establishing a Mogale City Molete and Siphiwe Mathebula. to diverse, quality artistic The first session of the Indaba, said local artists are faced with Heritage, Arts and Culture Forum. The forum is temporarily run at experiences but lacked financial provided them with a platform to many challenges. “This is a sector Heritage specialist Ishmael the Mogale Museum, and most of assistance from arts presenters or express themselves and to talk about that has lots of people who are Mbhokodo, from the Directorate the locals artists trust it will work the organizations that suppose to their problems. struggling because of lack of Rural Development and Tourism, for them. Other spheres of assist them. This catastrophe has The Civic Centre’s Centenary finance, and what I have noticed is who has been at championing the government invited were, Gauteng killed the courage of most of our Hall was abuzz with creative that funds go to places such as indaba, said the forum was fully arts council, National Arts Council local creative. speakers raring to see change in Soweto, Tshwane and not Mogale functional and it worked to co- and all were presented with a A vast majority of female and their local creative industry. ,” City said Mosenye. ordinate arts and culture platform give their presentations. FIGHT AGAINST CRIME BY SIPHO NONE NOT MINCING In a move aimed at reducing the HIS WORDS: levels of serious and violent crime Azanian in the country the Azanian Peoples Peoples Organisation (Azapo) President Organisation Mosibudi Mangena recently launched an anti-gun violence (Azapo) campaign at the Gereformeerede President Kerk in Kagiso. Mosibudi Mangena, who is also national Mangena Science and Technology Minister, came out said: “Criminality and anti-social guns blazing behaviour confronts us everyday at a recent and everywhere we go in our anti-gun beautiful country . and anti- “News bulletins on the radio and violence television are all dominated by brutal criminal acts. campaign “The levels of moral, spiritual launch. and material poverty contribute to forms of criminality . “If we are to tackle anti-social tendencies in our society in a , fundamental way our teachings in the home and at schools must reinforce the dignity of human beings and the sanctity of their lives.” Mangena said the important and immediate steps that should be taken to reduce levels of serious and violent crimes, is to remove all guns Big guns join the growing from civilians. He said before serious action The minister said only the police that is geared towards the up-keep of and the army should be allowed to a society is done “you’ll in most carry guns. cases hear senior and public Hell-bent on fighting crime and officials asking as to whether is outcry against crime in SA making sure that the number of there any sgodi for them to benefit legal and illegal guns are reduced, themselves first.” Mangena said : “We proposed that He said corruption is so rife that those of us who possess licenced even public officials are so prone to firearms surrender them to the corruption such that they would ask police, and the law must be changed if there is any benefit for them to ban guns ownership by civilians. the fight against crime. Meshack Gelekhutle, a local , free society where everybody will before they could assist members of The law enforcement agencies According to Mangena, there are Azapo councillor said the fight feel free and enjoy his or her stay in the public. should use all measures available to 4,5-million guns in South Africa, against the influx of both legal and . the country The rate of crime in the “No one is born a criminal,” them to remove illegal guns from and no one knows how many illegal illegal guns circulating in the society is shocking, and if we can said Mangena. our society .” guns are circulating in the country . country is part of Azapo’s mandate. reduce the number of guns we will “Many of us are numb with The anti-gun violence campaign He said every illegal gun He said if the number of guns be able to reduce crime.” shock as we cannot understand the follows the “Take charge: crime circulating in the country was once could be reduced, then everybody Known for peppering his morality and mental state of people stops with me” campaign, which legal. “Many of these guns that are will enjoy life in a gun-free society. speeches with sePedi and a bit of who commit such horrendous acts. was launched at Freedom Square in used to commit serious crimes. “The rate of serious crime in our tsotsi taal, the charismatic “Why are these acts happening in Kliptown, Soweto, last month. Seventy legal guns are lost or stolen country is a cause for concern,” Mangena said within the a society that fought so hard to The campaign is a Gauteng , everyday thus the pool of illegal Gelekhutle said. confines of publicly appointed overthrow oppression and restore Community Safety initiative, which guns is augmented daily from the As “ a movement we are there to leadership, there are remnants of , humanity justice and peace to seeks to involve all stakeholders in legal stock.” help fight crime and create a gun- corrupt officials. itself ?” Mangena asked.