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A Word from the CEO

The South African arts and culture landscape has changed tremendously over the years. Amidst the need for transformation and the increased impact of globalisation the National Arts Council remained steadfast in its mission to develop and promote excellence in the arts.

This year we have reached an important milestone in delivering on this promise. It is with a great sense of reward and achievement that I can announce that the NAC has received a clean audit from the Auditor-General South Africa (AGSA) for the 2014/2015 financial period. This is the first clean audit that the NAC has received since its inception. In addition to the award, we have achieved 90% of our targets set out in the Annual Performance Plan (APP).

The NAC does not operate in a vacuum. It is an integral part of an eco-system that operates at a national, provincial regional and local level. In a world of scarce resources and fiscal constraints, it is important that this ecosystem works together to best utilise its scarce resources and to marshal the necessary energy and focus to deliver value to the artistic community in South Africa.

As part of fulfilling our mandate we strive to develop personal and meaningful relationships with stakeholders that extends beyond grant application processes. It is with this in mind that we are excited to launch this quarterly newsletter, which we hope will make an entertaining and informative contribution to the South African arts eco-system. It is our intention that The Artisan will provide varied and alternative perspectives on topics and events on the South African arts calendar and position the NAC as an important enabler of the arts in our country.

The NAC would also love to hear from you. So please share your thoughts and inputs with us on The Artisan.

Ms Rosemary Mangope
Chief Executive Officer

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