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    On an exploration to scout for skills and talent, Maluti a Phofung (MAP) Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation in partnership with Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (PACOFS) alongside Thabo Mofutsanyana Arts and Culture (TMAC) held a Community Arts and Culture Development Programme (CACD) on Saturday 28th July 2018 at Phuthaditjhaba Multipurpose Hall.

    The key drive of the initiated programme is one of the municipality’s mandates to support, nurture local dancers and theatre artists who preserve the ethnic legacy of MAP, to create a local driven approach which is fixated on encouraging community patriotism in shared spaces through public art projects such as dancing, storytelling and other range of performing arts development process. Mpho Ramohlakoana MAP Sports, Arts and Culture Practitioner expounded that “the Municipality saw the need to transform the lives of young people through Arts and Culture as part of developing their skills in the industry. We are doing so by hosting more of this programmes to try and improve skills, as we seen that MAP does have a talent”.

    Some of the approaches that the Municipality aims to execute are to create more platforms that are conducive for local entertainers to receive the much needed exposure and media attention as it will also assist them to hone their skills and creativity whilst ensuring a variation of high eminence performance.

    Unity Production from Phamong Village was amongst the best twelve groups who booked their spot in Pantsula Dance category to partake in PACOFS Bloemfontein main event later in September. Expressing her gratitude, Mbele Precilia had this to say, “ke thabile hore ebe re palong ya dihlopha tse tlang honka karolo mane Bloemfontein, mme re ikemiseditse ka matla hore re sebetse ka thata hore rebe bahludi”. All the top twelve groups consist of Young Dynamite Development, Phumelela Youth Development, Kgotsong Youth Club, Unity Production Development, Reiketseditse Youth Club, Unknown Pantsula’s, Via Intabazwe and Tswellang Pele Basotho will represent the municipality in Bloemfontein to exhibit their abilities as well as to acquire knowledge as they cultivate a taste of theatre performance.

    By: Masilo Malakwane