Eastern Cape Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture MEC, X Tom 2010/11 Budget Speech
26 Mar 2010
Greetings and protocol observations Honourable Speaker and Deputy Speaker Honourable Premier Honourable members of the Legislature Honourable Representatives of Political Parties Members of the House of Traditional Leaders Mayors of District and Local Municipalities Leaders and Representatives of the Religious Fraternity Leaders and Representatives of Civil Society Organisations Representatives of Tertiary Institutions Representatives of the Media Fraternity Friends and comrades Citizens of the Eastern Cape Government Officials Ladies and gentlemen
Ndithi bhotani kuni nonke! Goeienaand! Dumelang! Sanibona! Good afternoon!
The year 2009/10 has been an exciting year, a year full of hope. It is a year that has kept us looking forward to the first ever Soccer World Cup to be held on the African soil. Today, we stand on the 77th day before that dream come true.
When the world celebrates a successful world soccer spectacle in South Africa, we shall be able to say with pride that we have been part of making that history. We shall stand before the world and say we have honored our promise.
The one milestone that will make this world cup unforgettable will be that moment when South Africa, Bafana Bafana, is crowned as the world champions! And so, we take this moment to wish them well!
During the same year, there are sons and daughters of the Eastern Cape who have also made us proud. We would like to take this moment to congratulate them:
Andile Jali from Matatiele for having been selected into the National Team Bafana -Bafana and we hope he will make the final team
Blackburn Rovers Football Club from Butterworth for winning the provincial league and wishing them good luck during their campaign in the national play-offs to be at the National First Division League
Our provincial Cricket team, the Warriors for winning both the MTN 40 and Pro 20 National domestic competitions
Eastern Province Women’s Rugby team for winning the national league for the second time in a row
Nelson Mandela Bay Netball team for winning the national championships in 2009
Peter van Kets on his achievement in the Transatlantic Rowing Race and being the first African to row across alone
Mabheka, for winning the Best Xhosa Album at the SATMA Awards in 2009.
The province wishes all the Eastern Cape born boxers that are challenging for International Titles, especially Nkosinathi Joyi, Ali Funeka, and Simphiwe Nongqayi, good luck and success in their attempts.
During the same year, the department has seen its own milestones. We are happy to mention that the process of developing a Provincial Language Policy has been completed. A new Council of the Eastern Cape Provincial Heritage Resources Authority has been appointed. A new Provincial Geographic Names Committee has been appointed.
We have seen young people getting an opportunity to experience other cultures, sharing their own and sharing best practices in the area of sport and culture through our cooperation with Lower Saxony and South East England.
We also pride ourselves for being the only province in the country that hosts an international arts festival, the Grahamstown Arts Festival. We are also proud to be the only province that hosts a festival on indigenous culture, the Wild Coast Festival.
Our journey has not been a smooth one. However, we continue to identify and take much more decisive steps as we move forward. At this point, let me turn to the road ahead of us as we enter the 2010/11 financial year.
The government priorities on building a developmental state and improving the public service, and strengthening democratic institutions as well as the one on intensifying the fight against crime and corruption are premised, in part, on the constitutional principles espoused in Chapter 10 of the Constitution of the Republic.
They are important foundational priorities on which all the other priorities are predicated. Furthermore, they are important for directing our focus on the importance of efforts to continuously transform state institutions.
They are very essential for the transformation of the service delivery environment and culture of the department so that it is more responsive to the needs of the people we serve. In turn, this is essential to building hope and confidence the majority of our people should have in the democratic dispensation, in government broadly and in this department particularly.
From the incoming financial year onwards, the department will be led through a process of transformation and renewal with our priority being more on the following areas:
Building a culture of Good Corporate Governance by strengthening organisation wide risk management, improving compliance, increasing accountability, increasing measures to eliminate fraud and corruption, and strengthening supply chain management
Introduction of Service Delivery Improvement Initiatives such as building public participation platforms, developing service standards, a service delivery charter, customer satisfaction surveys, citizen report surveys and improving policy and decision implementation
Strengthening communication with more focus on internal and external communication, image building and perception management, developmental communication, customer care and branding
Improving information management and building a culture of evidence-based-policy development, program design and implementation by enhancing the department’s own research capacity and improving coordination of research done by other agencies outside the department
Review of our overall policy framework and implementation in order to determine whether our chosen policies are adequate for achieving the development goals set out by government
Improving reporting, monitoring, evaluation and impact assessments
Improving efficiency in the use of financial resources in order to create more value
Improving planning and coordination within the department, with other departments and spheres
Strengthening international relations with more focus shifting towards south-to-south relations
Improving the organisational structure to be more streamlined, effective and responsive to our mandate
Building human resource capability that reflects equity and match the challenge associated with effective implementation of government program and
Bridging the gap between performance management, human resource development and organizational performance improvement.
The government priorities on speeding up growth and transforming the economy to create decent work and sustainable livelihoods, strengthening education, skills and human resource base as well as building cohesive, caring, and sustainable communities focus the department towards its mandate as espoused in various sections of the Constitution of the Republic and elaborated in various pieces of legislation.
These cover areas such as freedom of religion, belief and opinion; freedom of expression; freedom of trade, occupation and profession; language and culture; cultural, religious and linguistic communities; media services, tourism, urban and rural development; archives, libraries, museums, provincial cultural matters; provincial recreation and amenities and provincial sport.
In response to this mandate the department will scale up its efforts to create an enabling environment for the promotion and development of Cultural Affairs as well as Sport and Recreation.
The unique nature of the creative industries is that they have both economic and cultural dimensions.
In this sector we are involved in social and economic activities that address intellectual or artistic creativity and innovation. It is a set of activities which addresses the preservation, teaching and celebration of cultural heritage including language.
Given the cultural dimension, creative products carry with them the values, worldviews, ideas and interests of their places of origin. These activities also have the capacity to provide work and generate income for the original creators as well as for others involved in education and training, production, distribution, documentation and support.
Sub-sectors comprising this sector are the following:
Film, TV and New Media
Literature and publishing
Performing Arts and Dance
Visual Art and Photography
Events and Cultural Tourism
Urban Regeneration and Heritage
Architecture and Interior Design
While recognising the need to focus on other sub-sectors, as we do currently, the national Cultural Industries Growth Strategy prioritises the following four sub-sectors, given their potential to grow and create employment at mass scale as well as contribute to nation-building:
It must be noted that youth and women predominate in these sub-sectors. They are therefore critical to addressing youth and women empowerment and employment.
The following challenges continue to confront the creative industry across all sub-sectors in the province:
Domination by small and micro-enterprises
Non-progression beyond the informal sector
Lack of product development, marketing and distribution support
Over-reliance on government grant funding which undermines sustainability and
Largely survivalist initiatives with low profitability levels, due to lack of skills in marketing, entrepreneurship, management and general leadership.
While we intend to embark on more detailed research exercises to define social and economic baseline indicators in this sector, it is clear that, overall, we have to focus on the following support interventions from the incoming year onwards:
Creating an enabling environment for the sector to grow
Coordination and information dissemination
Skills development and
Now we shall deal with each one of the sub-sectors as follows:
This sub-sector is predominantly part of the informal economy in the province and remains highly uncompetitive. However, it has potential for alleviating poverty, regenerating rural livelihoods, empowering women and youth, and for promoting enterprise development.
For the province to tap this huge potential, the department will review the profile of this sector to determine:
real value chain
competitiveness and growth in market share
contribution to local economies particularly in marginalised rural areas
human capital supply and demand and
diversity and the exploration of culture and heritage.
In addition, the department will initiate the development of a provincial craft strategy in order to address:
design and product development capacity
development of manufacturing skills base to enhance reliability of product supplies
access to credit facilities and micro-finance services
access to technology and materials for production
the need for a supply chain network and common provincial marketing strategy and
protection of intellectual property.
The provincial strategy will also include a much more streamlined craft hub infrastructure network for us to be able to address information access, production management, quality control and assurance, warehousing, and packaging and sales.
Collaboration will be strengthened with national and provincial departments, local government, tertiary institutions, Further Education and Training institutions, development finance institutions and craft sector players like material suppliers, designers, retailers, and many others.
Film, Television and Media
In this sub-sector the focus is on film and television products, documentaries, sitcoms and soap operas. All of these are critical to the goal of creating jobs and promoting culture and cultural diversity.
The film industry has however not grown in the Eastern Cape and continues to be dominated by both Gauteng and the Western Cape. This is in spite of the fact that we have seen story-lines and themes based on the scenery and ways of living of the Eastern Cape.
The growth of this industry is hampered by lack of access to funding, distribution facilities, limited opportunities for training and mentorship, lack of high quality scriptwriters, and the small domestic market in the province.
From the incoming year onwards, we shall:
Mobilise the support of major sector players in film and television productions and documentary-making
Work with major players such as the South African Broadcasting Corporation, producers' organisations, National Film and Video Foundation, Eastern Cape Development Corporation, and Higher Education Institutions
Review government’s interventions towards the growth and development in this sub-sector and
Review the mandate and strategy focus of the Film Office as an institutional vehicle for facilitating support to the sub-sector. This institution will receive an allocation of R1m from our budget.
Literature and Publishing
The focus in this sub-sector is on writing and production of books and magazines, design, printing, bookshops and book fairs for sales and distribution, libraries and research, paper manufacturers, printers, writers, photographers and designers.
The sub-sector is also the key to the creation of jobs for writers, editors, photographers, journalists, printers, booksellers, web site designers and marketers. It is also essential to the promotion of indigenous culture and cultural diversity.
A lot still needs to be done to grow and develop this sub-sector. From the incoming financial year onwards, we shall:
Mobilise the support of major sector players in publishing, printing, retail bookselling, paper manufacturing and print media
Work with sector players such as the Department of Education, MAPP SETA (Media, Advertising, Publishing and Packaging SETA), Eastern Cape Development Corporation and other agencies
Identify and canvass key interventions for growth and development in the value chain
Strengthen linkages between public libraries and these key sector players as part of efforts to improve library services
Strengthen linkages between public libraries and public schools to support academic programs
Strengthen linkages between public libraries and civil society organisations offering literacy programs and adult basic education and
Review and streamline the delivery strategy on the library services function.
In the incoming financial year we shall make the following allocations towards libraries:
The construction of the Mt Frere Library will receive an allocation of R4 million from our annual budget
The Mt Ayliff Library will receive an allocation of R3 million for construction
The Comfimvaba Library will be completed with an allocation of R5m;
An amount of R15 million will be allocated towards the construction of the Mdantsane Library
Twenty libraries in the various districts will receive a total allocation of R11,865 million for refurbishment and
The total amount of library subsidies to be transferred to district municipalities is R35,263 million.
The focus in this sub-sector is on musical bands and solo musicians, live music events, DJs and nightclubs, retail outlets for music instruments, technicians, sound and lighting service providers, music composition, recording studios, music stores, music videos, radio broadcasts of music, public and private music education, music agents, event managers, and many others.
The sub-sector is the key to the creation of jobs and promoting indigenous culture and cultural diversity.
The sub-sector is generally characterised by:
Monopoly by dominant multinationals such as BMG, EMI, Polygram and Sony with subsidiaries in centres like Gauteng
Concentration of premier music radio stations, which largely influence music tastes, in centres like Gauteng
Hosting of major music awards like the Kora All Africa Awards, South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) and the SA Music Awards (SAMA) only in centres such as Gauteng
Industry representative organisations which are not so strong
Gospel, kwaito, reggae, house music, jazz/fusion, country, rhythm, rap/hip-hop, mbhaqanga and classical music continuing to be the most popular genres within the music-buying population
Poverty and low income levels as a key factor in the market share of the industry in the province
The exclusive nature of the contracts between musicians and record companies that limit the musician’s potential to earn income elsewhere;
Many of the country’s most talented and best-selling musicians are black and come from this province and
Lack of equity in areas such as event organising, sound engineering and other strategic positions within the industry.
It is clear that there is still a lot of work we need to do to support the growth and development of this sub-sector.
From the incoming financial year onwards, we shall do the following:
Review the Department’s strategy on building the music industry to respond more appropriately to the music business value chain
In line with such review, the mandate of the Mirriam Makeba Audio Visual Centre (AVC) will be reviewed so that it is more than just a Recording Studio. We shall allocate R1 million to this centre
As an institutional vehicle through which we want to support music development, the AVC will be assisted to balance its public service and development responsibility with the need to commercialise
The AVC will be turned into a provincial content hub that facilitates the discovery, development, nurturing, promotion and preservation of creative talent and heritage in the Eastern Cape
We shall focus on the financial viability and sustainability of the AVC, improving its governance and management, building strategic partnerships, improving its infrastructure, growing individual talent, improve quality of productions, facilitate marketing and release productions, facilitate protection of rights of artists, and on establishing a record label
We shall work closely with the National Department of Arts and Culture, University of Fort Hare, Eastern Cape Development Corporation, SABC, MAPP-SETA and other partners in the music industry.
In addition to these national sub-sector priorities, the provincial Department will continue with its involvement and support to the following creative industry sub-sectors:
Events and Cultural Tourism
Urban and Rural Regeneration and Heritage
From the incoming financial year onwards, we shall deal with these other sub-sectors as follows:
Events and Cultural Tourism
Programs aimed at promoting local, national and international travelling to events that have a cultural and historical dimension will continue to receive our support.
We shall upscale our marketing initiatives to attract local, national and international tourists to local museums, historical sites, art galleries and theatres.
In this regard, we shall target in and out of school youth and work closely with schools and youth organisations operating in various sectors. Special products and packages for the marketing and sale of craft, South African cuisine, listening to South African music, buying locally-designed clothing and souvenirs will be put together.
All of these will be part of our multi-disciplinary festivals such as the Grahamstown Arts Festival and the Wild Coast Cultural Festival which will be linked to the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We shall allocate R4,125 million for this festival.
Live events have shown great potential for promoting the music industry and musicians themselves. They have also shown great potential for providing jobs for musicians, audio visual service suppliers, caterers, security companies, event managers, among others.
Live events have also shown potential for a number of economic spin-offs in terms of tourism, accommodation, transport, retail and catering, and they help to project the province positively.
Accordingly, the Summer Home Coming Music Festival will also be supported in the incoming financial year as a premiere annual provincial event. During the same year, we shall:
Review the department’s strategy on growing and transforming the Events and Cultural Tourism sub-sector in the province. In this regard, working relations with the national Department of Arts and Culture, Eastern Cape Tourism Board and municipalities will receive major focus.
Programs supporting theatre, dance, drama, comedy, musical theatre and opera will continue to receive the support of the department.
We shall focus on creating the enabling environment for projects, companies and educational institutions that either support or practise these art forms to grow.
We shall do this because of the poverty alleviation, income-generation, employment creation and recreational impact these can have when supported well, given that they are labour intensive.
These also serve to market the province and its cultural and heritage wealth nationally and internationally.
We shall start working towards establishing a provincial performing arts institution which will serve to support Arts Centres, Guild Theatre and the Opera House, serve as a center of excellence, and a networking and marketing vehicle with both national and international performing arts fraternity. The Opera House will receive an allocation of R1,3 million and the Guild Theatre R925 000.
The Eastern Cape Arts and Culture Council will be restructured and re-positioned to be a public entity so that it can play its implementing agency role fully and meet modern corporate governance standards. This institution will receive R12 225 million in transfers from our budget. Again, working relations with the National Department of Arts and Culture, National Arts Council and the Eastern Cape Tourism Board will receive major focus.
Urban and Rural Regeneration and Heritage
In this sub-sector we are involved in the identification and preservation of heritage sites and routes, management of museums, monuments and regulating architecture. We are also involved in initiatives that foster cohesive communities and nation building.
Our heritage infrastructure reflects elements of our liberation history as well segregated colonial spatial planning patterns. Typically, we have situations where in the same settlement there is an art gallery at the one end, a museum at another and a theatre at quite another.
In new development areas such as Red Location in Nelson Mandela Bay, where the Red Location Museum is located, and Mount t Ayliff in Alfred Nzo, where we are going to build a museum, the department will encourage municipalities to pilot the introduction of clusters of creative industries and artistic activities i.e. cultural precincts. We have seen elements of this already taking shape in the case of Nelson Mandela Bay.
These precincts also have important archival and educational functions and also play a role in promoting local and foreign tourism.
These cultural precincts will reinforce urban regeneration initiatives. This calls for closer integration of planning around urban regeneration between planners and the institutions responsible for heritage resources management and other arts institutions. The Mt Ayliff museum will receive an allocation of R4 million from our annual budget.
In strengthening cooperation, the department shall in the incoming year, finalize its negotiations on the assignment, to the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, of functions pertaining to the Bay World Museum. Such negotiations will include a much more clarified role for the Departments of Education and Economic Affairs and Development.
In urban and rural regeneration initiatives undertaken by both the state and other juristic persons, we shall, through the Eastern Cape Provincial Heritage Resources Council (ECPHRA), step up our involvement in the management of heritage resources.
To play this role effectively, the ECPHRA will undergo an intensive re-engineering process covering its legislative, regulatory, programming, staffing and financial aspects in order to broaden its services focus in the management of heritage resources beyond regulating the built environment and also improve its working relationship with local municipalities.
The work of the Eastern Cape Geographic Names Committee will also be jerked up. The total amount of transfers to museum institutions, including these Councils is R5,288 million.
Our experiences in observing and celebrating national days that represent certain milestones in the history of our country call for a public debate amongst stakeholders on how the principle of inclusivity could be embedded in our approach. This is essential for cohesion and nation building.
In this sub-sector we are involved with individual artists, galleries that exhibit and sell art, awards and competitions, festivals that exhibit art and art collections.
Artists exhibit and sell art works that depict various social and cultural dimensions. These artistic expressions range from history, contemporary societal issues, story-telling, to emotional and psychological experiences. In that way, visual artists play a major role in raising awareness and provoking conscience, thus creating social dialogue. This is essential to nation building.
On the economic front, the growth of this sub-sector is largely dependent on the rise in disposable income and so, income is highly irregular. Corporate collections have become major sources of sales for artists. In the incoming year the department will scale up initiatives to encourage and attract local, national and international tourists to local museums, art galleries, studios and exhibitions.
We now turn over to Sport and Recreation
Our focus here is to ensure accessibility of sport and recreation to all. Access is a key to the realisation of the objectives of increasing participation, development and excellence in sport and recreation. Participation, development and excellence are, in turn, the key to nation-building as it engenders unity, discipline and reconciliation amongst individuals and communities. It is also the key to economic growth as it generates employment, income and lifts many out of poverty and generates income. For nation building and economic growth through sport and recreation to be achievable, we need transformation.
The department continues to expand upon creative approaches in the delivery of sport and recreation to all citizens of our province.
We have a lot to celebrate as a province. However, achieving to the fullest of our potential is hampered, in part, by the:
inadequate strategies to address equity in participation, development and excellence
under-funding and inefficient use of available resources
inequitable, skewed and fragmented approach to the provision of infrastructure and facilities
inadequate skills for effective management of sport and recreation and
Sport and recreation organized structures that are very weak.
For nation building and economic development to take place on a sustained basis, these transformational challenges need to be addressed.
From the incoming financial year onwards we shall:
Work with Sports Federations, through the Sports Council, to develop transformation charters and plans to address equity in participation, development and excellence in sport and recreation. Continued government support towards federations will, henceforth, depend on these charters and plans
Strengthen community participation to promote physically active and healthy lifestyles, channel talented people to competitive areas of sport and create opportunities for people to get together
Work with the sport and recreation fraternity to review the provincial policy on sport and recreation
In addition to government funding, mobilise private and foreign funding for the development of sport and recreation
Develop norms and standards for the provision of infrastructure and facilities. This is a key to both urban and rural development. The roles of various stakeholders in facility planning, provision and management will be streamlined. In this regard, we shall work very closely with the Department of Local Government and Traditional Affairs to make sure that the percentage allocation of the Municipal Infrastructure Grant (MIG) for sport facilities is not used for purposes other than this
The Butterworth Swimming Pool will receive an amount of R7 million from our annual budget for refurbishment. The Lusikisiki Sports Field will receive an amount of R3m for rehabilitation
Facilitate the development of utilisation and maintenance plans of existing facilities
Facilitate the building of a human resource base for effective leadership and management of sport and recreation. This will include the review of training requirements, review of training programs in terms of appropriateness, developing new training implementation plans and accreditation of training programs
Facilitate initiatives to support athletes after their sport careers have become less competitive
Support the sport federations to re-organise and strengthen themselves. These are important platforms for participation and empowerment. They are critical to the strengthening of clubs. The Eastern Cape Academy of Sport will receive R7,3 million, Eastern Cape Netball will receive R300 000, Eastern Cape Amateur Boxing Organization will receive R700 000, Boxing South Africa will receive R1,5m, Disabled Sport of South Africa will receive R3000 00
Strengthen the Provincial Sports and Recreation Council. This will make monitoring and evaluation of transformation an easy task and also strengthen liaison with government. We shall allocate R614 000 towards this council
Work to strengthen school sport in partnership with the Department of Education and
Facilitate, through strategic partnerships, the hosting of big sporting events by the province given, among other benefits, their contribution to sports tourism.
We shall do all of these as part of a provincial Integrated Sport Development Plan which we shall develop and complete by the end of the incoming financial year.
The first stakeholder consultative platform towards this integrated provincial plan will be a provincial sports summit which will be held in May this year.
Through all this, we shall mobilize and work closely with the national Department of Sport and Recreation, Local Government and Traditional Affairs, Social Development the Universities of Fort Hare, Walter Sisulu and Nelson Mandela Metropolitan and Rhodes.
We have already said that the FIFA World Cup is around the corner. This tournament has made this year “the year of soccer” in many respects. We have just come from a Provincial Government Summit on 2010 World Cup where we assessed the Eastern Cape province’s state of readiness.
While government has been satisfied with the progress made so far, we shall continue paying attention to the following areas as we go into the tournament:
Mobilisation programs in our communities including finalising the training of volunteers
Emergency Medical Services for the stadium, the Public Viewing Areas (PVA), fan-park
Accident and Emergency Management
Public Transport readiness
Law Enforcement readiness
Road traffic Management
Administration of Justice
Tourism destination marketing and
Public Viewing Areas in Cofimvaba, Lady Grey, Grahamstown, Sisa Dukashe, Port St Johns Military Base, Holy Cross and Matatielle.
The department is working closely with the Nelson Mandela Metro to provide a cultural village at the Fan Fest in Port Elizabeth for exhibition and sale of visual arts and craft from all the corners of the province. This is where cultural performances will be showcased as well.
The selection of good quality visual arts and craft has been done. Government will assist artists in the collection, transportation and storage.
Similar exhibition and performances will take place at the Public Viewing Areas (PVAs).
To create further opportunities for artists the National Arts Festival has been extended to 15 days. Special program packages will be put together to take advantage of the tourism potential of the festival.
We have also been involved in the drive to recruit and select volunteers which attracted 4338 applications. Three hundred and fifty (350) volunteers have been selected for deployment in areas such as the Fan Park, airport, hotels, supermarkets/shopping malls, train station, bus terminus and the taxi ranks.
Induction and training will take place during May, focusing on customer care services, knowing your city, province and country as well as dealing with people with disabilities.
We have also created opportunities for skills acquisition, job creation and enterprise development in the roll-out of 2010 related infrastructure projects such as the Mthatha Stadium and Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.20
Infrastructure development and provision
Even though we have already spoken about this, it is however important to highlight the following:
Over the years, we have been spreading our meagre budget so thinly across a number of sector projects like sports facilities, museums, libraries, crafts and art centres without a coherent approach to planning, provision, management and maintenance. This has resulted in slow pace of infrastructure delivery and low impact.
To arrest this trend we shall, during the incoming year, do the following:
Complete the audit of existing infrastructure to identify utilization, management and maintenance challenges
Conduct infrastructure needs assessment to determine backlogs in prioritized sectors
Develop provincial norms and standards for infrastructure provision in prioritized sectors
Develop infrastructure plans in prioritized sectors; and
Mobilize funding for infrastructure.
Budget growth trends
Budget allocation per program
Total budget: R602 939 000
Administration: 198 413
Sport and Recreation: 153 871
Cultural Affairs: 134 488
Libraries: 116 167
In concluding, I would like to acknowledge, as we have demonstrated, that we are fully aware of how mammoth the task ahead is. However, I believe we do have what it takes to surmount it. With our stake holders, I believe we can move decisively in the right direction.
Lastly, I would like to take this opportunity to present the 2010/14 Strategic Plan and Annual Performance Plan for 2010/11.