Celebrating 20 years of supporting the arts

After 20 years of supporting the arts, the Nedbank Arts Affinity Programme is still going strong.


Since 1994, the dawn of South Africa’s democracy, Nedbank has supported arts, culture and heritage projects through its partnership with the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT). Since its inception, the unique Nedbank Arts Affinity Programme has donated nearly R15 million to ACT to support more than 800 South African arts, culture and heritage development projects – and it has enabled Nedbank clients actively to support these projects too, at no cost to them. As Nedbank celebrates 20 successful years of its Arts Affinity Programme, we also join in celebrating a landmark year for the arts, with the National Arts Festival, South Africa’s premier arts festival, celebrating its 40th anniversary. Through its ACT partnership, Nedbank is proud to support several thought-provoking projects, across several genres, making their debut at the Festival; which takes place from 3 to 13 July 2014 in Grahamstown. (more…)

BASA reveals biannual Artstrack findings

Business and Arts South Africa’s has revealed a double digit growth in arts sponsorship, in spite of the tight economic conditions faced by companies over the past two years.

Specifically, the research predicts that an estimated R438 million was spent on arts sponsorships in 2013 – an 11 percent growth on the R394 million spent in 2011, as measured by BMI Research. (more…)

The past is always with you

The past is always with you

Bongani Kona reviews The Blacks of Cape Town –

Straddling two continents, America and Africa, and shifting between time zones, from the mid-1800’s to 2008, C.A. Davids’s ambitious first novel tells – as the provocative title suggests – the story of three generations of the Black family. Yet it is also so much more than a family history. It explores the madness of apartheid’s racial categories and how they still entangle us and how the past has been whittled down to a fairy tale-like story of saints and sinners devoid of complexity.

At the centre of the 237-page novel is Zara Black; a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Berwick in New Jersey and a third generation offspring of the Black family. Her life starts to unravel when she receives a letter from the South African government naming her late father, Bart, “among the traitors, conspirators and betrayers of their time.” The allegations spur Zara to dig into her family’s past in order to unearth the truth for herself. (more…)

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