By Safiyia Stanfley, MPL, DA Provincial Spokesperson on Sport, Arts and Culture:
The Democratic Alliance congratulates Kimberley born artist Bronwyn Katz for receiving a merit award and cash prize at the 2015 Sasol New Signature arts competition.
Katz who hails from Kimberley has won the competition after submitting her video “Grond Herinnering” detailing her childhood memories and showcasing her artistic expression.
The competition provides an excellent platform for emerging artists to apply their skills, to express their creative talent and to enter into the professional arts world.
Through her expertise and recognition Katz is an inspiration to the young up and coming artists in Kimberley and throughout the province.
Our country has a rich artistic heritage. Theatre, music, dance, visual arts, crafts, film, literature and other forms of artistic expression are manifestations of the human need to create – be it individually or as part of a group.
Art can help to build appreciation for different perspectives on our country and deepen understanding for the different experiences of being South African.
For this reason we call on the provincial government through the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) to prioritize and improve the efficiency of community arts centres and promote community participation in the arts.
In the DA run Western Cape this is achieved through the establishment of Mass Participation, Opportunity and Access, Development and Growth
These MOD centres are the sites where children are offered after school programmes such as sport, crafts and culture projects.
It is of utmost importance to our government when it comes to addressing the many problems facing our youth including gangsterism, teenage pregnancies, drug abuse and keeping them off the streets and constructively occupied during after school hours.
The DA wishes Katz all the best in her future projects and urge her to continue to be a beacon of hope to many bidding artists.