He didn’t mention arts and culture, but he’d be a better sport ...


He didn’t mention arts and culture, but he’d be a better sport than Nathi

Admitting he knows zero about the arts would have made no difference to Roland Schoeman’s quest for Mthethwa’s job


Earlier this week, swimming superstar Roland Schoeman wrote an open letter to President Cyril Ramaphosa, proposing himself as minister of sport, arts and culture. It was earnest, impassioned, well-intentioned and, for SA’s artists, hilariously depressing.

It wasn’t that Schoeman’s letter was full of suggestions that would harm the arts. It was that he didn’t mention them at all.

Over the course of a dozen paragraphs, the four-time Olympian outlined his achievements in and around the swimming pool, mourned the dismal state of certain sports federations and urged the president to use sport as an inspirational force for good. But of the second and third bits of the ministry — arts and culture — there was not a peep...

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