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									May 2007                                                                   DIKGANG TSA MOGALE NEWS                                                                                               3

Creativity takes centre stage!
            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
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
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
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
    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.

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