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Radio is thriving in South Africa: 80% are tuning in

Almost three decades into democracy, radio is thriving in South Africa. Radio listenership in the country is consistently higher than the global average. And it in fact increased during the COVID-19 lockdowns of the past two years. This is perhaps not surprising given that radio acts as a companion and that people were confined to ...

By Tanja Bosch 3 months ago

The growth of South Africa’s cultural industries depends on broader state policies

At many discussion panels about repairing the cultural and creative industries in South Africa, a familiar slogan is echoed: artists should solve their own problems. This seems fitting when one considers that this sector has unique problems understood mainly by those who work in it. It is an atypical sector. And to solve a problem one ...

By Akhona Ndzuta 6 months ago

Sipho Hotstix Mabuse: a South African legend whose music spans generations

Drummer, saxophonist, composer, activist – and anthropology student – Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse has turned 70. If you wanted a guidebook to the distinctive character of the South African jazz scene, Mabuse’s 50-year career offers one. South African jazz occupies a landscape that is rarely elitist, never haughtily insulated from popula...

By Gwen Ansell 7 months ago


On Tuesday 5 October 2021, the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) noted an article titled “Mbuli slams Ramaphosa regarding artists’ plight”, where Mr Mzwakhe Mbuli alleges amongst other things, that the Government does not care about the plight of artists, that artists are being defrauded. Mr Mbuli further goes on to accuse t...

By Department of Sports, Arts & Culture 8 months ago

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