Arts and culture

  • Department of Arts and Culture was allocated a R4.4 billion budget for 2018/19.


  • Through the community library services grant, the Department plans to build 87 new libraries and upgrade 135 existing libraries, at an estimated cost of R4.5 billion over the medium term (2018–2020).


  • R918 million has been allocated for the implementation of the Mzansi Golden Economy strategy over the medium term (2018–2020). The strategy aims to provide skills development, 25 500 part-time jobs, and to create sustainable job opportunities for South African artists.


  • The South African Cultural Observatory reported that over one million jobs in South Africa are housed in the broader creative and cultural industries (CCI). About 43% of CCI jobs are informal and 32% of people work on a freelance or contract basis, compared to 8% who work in non-CCI jobs.


  • According to the Economic Impact of the South African Film Industry Report 2017, commissioned by the National Film and Video Foundation, the South African film industry contributed R5.5 billion to GDP and created 21 656 jobs during 2016/17.


  • In 2017, the Department of Arts and Culture launched the National Art Bank (NAB). This new model facilitates the acquisition of art from galleries and private individuals and leases them to corporates, government institutions and individuals for which the ongoing acquisition of art may otherwise be out of reach. Ultimately, the NAB aims to become self-funded.
● When deciding where to invest, funders should consider not only where the project is based, but
also where the intended participants and beneficiaries are located. Many productions and exhibitions
are, or could be, touring projects.
● Arts and culture is a vehicle for stimulating discussion on social issues that affect all South Africans,
such as systemic inequality, gender-based violence and collective memory. Funders may not want to
directly support advocacy, but can contribute to a vibrant democracy by supporting individuals or
institutions that produce challenging literature, theatre, fine art, music and films.