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Apologies don’t pay bills, Nathi. Just fix the arts funding debacle

Minister Mthethwa blames the National Arts Council for the crisis, but that doesn’t help SA’s starving artists

Kgaugelo Masweneng, Leonie Wagner, Mpumzi Zuzile and Paul Ash

Paintings, sketches and other artworks depicting artists’ struggles line the walls on the third floor of the National Arts Council (NAC) offices in Newtown, Johannesburg.

This is where dancers, musicians, actors and other artists have been staging a sit-in since March 1.

On Monday, after weeks of knocking on the department of sport, arts and culture’s door, minister Nathi Mthethwa, during a briefing, finally opened it — a little...

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