The South African Department of Arts and Culture Craft Unit led by Joseph Mathe announced a way forward for the sector in the form of a 2024 implementation blueprint that the sector can use to align their activities and benefit from the opportunities that will be available in the 2019 – 2020 period.
This comes at a time where the South African craft sector desperately needs access to:
- Information about opportunities in the sector
- Small business non-financial support
- Markets within South Africa and internationally
- Raw materials to increase profitability
- Skills development and capacity building
The blueprint document highlights some of the activities that the unit will focus on where the sector will benefit from the following projects:
- The unit will continue to form strategic relationships to unlock access to funding through ring-fenced funds in partnership with the Department of Small Business Development, the Department of Science and Technology as well as craft related SETAs.
- The unit will continue supporting the market access platforms managed by the Craft & Design Institute and the Bokoni-Bophirima Craft & Design Institute
- The Innibos National Craft Awards will be supported in partnership with the Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation.
Tender notices for the 2020 year to be approved by the senior executive at the DAC that craft practitioners can prepare for are also included in the document. Click here to access the Blueprint