Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, made a visit to Don Mattera, an anti-apartheid activist, struggle symbol, journalist, and iconic poet, at his house in Soweto.
Mattera is a benefactor of the Living Legends Fraternity Trust, which he served on as a board member.
The Department's initiative that started it all.
"It was a privilege to spend today's afternoon with him."
In the midst of today's craziness, I stopped in Soweto to see the home of one of the world's greatest icons. "Don Francisco Mattera is a global symbol, not just a South African living legend," Mthethwa said on Wednesday.
Mattera has benefited from the Trust, which has a programmatic goal of identifying, capturing, preserving, protecting, and promoting the body of work of the Living Legends, wisdom, and knowledge systems.
In 2020, Mthethwa stated that the esteemed individuals had a wealth of knowledge and experience with them, and that it was critical to galvanise and organise them into the trust programme in order to deepen engagements amongst themselves, share best practises, and transfer intergenerational skills so that their legacy could be carried on.
This will also include internally initiated programmes, where the legends memorialised some aspects of cultural heritage, indigenous knowledge system and showcasing their artistic talents, often in collaboration with young artists.
This effort aims to actively include our Living Legends in arts and cultural development programmes, as well as provide chances for engagement and the transfer of skills, knowledge, and experience to future generations of artists. This programme will also chronicle and archive their efforts in order to ensure that their legacy is preserved for future generations," he stated.
Mthethwa stated that they have designed programmes with the Department that focus on various pillars.
He mentioned master class programmes, in which legends such as Mattera interact with universities and arts centres across the country to share their knowledge.
We're building mechanisms that will allow legends to engage in the development of department-supported flagship programmes. Before COVID-19, the Department issued the most recent research on the creative economy's contribution to employment creation at the beginning of this year," he stated.
According to the Minister, the Trust's trustees are supposed to handle monies on behalf of the organization's beneficiaries rather than for personal gain.
Mthethwa noted that the Trust's trustees were chosen from among the Trust's beneficiaries. "To be qualified to be a Beneficiary of the Trust, a person must meet the criteria for Living Legends outlined in Annexure "A" of the Trust Deed.
The criteria are as follows: beneficiaries must be nationally and internationally recognised and/or have a positive ongoing impact on the body of work influencing the arts and culture sector; have made an extraordinary contribution to the arts, heritage, and culture industry; have made an extraordinary contribution to the arts, heritage, and culture industry; have made an extraordinary contribution to the arts, heritage, and culture industry; have made an extraordinary contribution to the arts, heritage, and culture industry; have made an extraordinary contribution to the arts, heritage, and culture industry; have made an
"You must be at least 70 years old, have worked in the arts and culture field for at least 15 years, and be a respected member of society," he stated.
The Department has put together an administrative team to help with the structure's programme coordination.
The Department will also work with provincial offices to ensure that provincial trust chapters are visible and active, according to him.
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