MINISTRY OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT, PROMOTION AND PRESERVATION OF NATIONAL CUTURE AND HERITAGE

 

 

PRESS STATEMENT

5th of JUNE 2017

 

 

APPOINTMENT OF THE BOARD

 

OF THE

 

NATIONAL ARTS COUNCIL OF ZIMBABWE

 

BY

 

THE MINISTER OF RURAL DEVELOPMENT, PROMOTION AND PRESERVATION OF NATIONAL CULTURE AND HERITAGE

  

HON ABEDNICO NCUBE MP

 

The Secretary for Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage:  Adv. George Magosvongwe

and Senior Ministry Officials here present

The Chairperson of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Board: Professor Herbert Chimhundu

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Board Members here present

National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Director, Mr Elvas Mari and Management

Members of the Media Fraternity

Ladies and Gentlemen

Comrades and Friends

With the approval of the Head of State and Government, Commander in Chief of the Defence Forces, His Excellency Cde R. G. Mugabe, I as the Minister of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage, hereby announce and make known to you all the appointment of the Board of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (NACZ) in terms of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Act of 1985, Chapter 25:07. The Board is appointed to serve for the next three years with effect from 1st July 2017.This appointment comes after the Council has operated for some time without a board.

It is expected that the Board oversees all the affairs of National Arts Council of Zimbabwe. The main function of the NACZ is to foster, develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and practice of the arts. As an agency of Government, it also promotes access, presentation, performance, execution and the exhibition of the arts to all citizens as enshrined in our Constitution.

The Board we present to you is a group of personalities that are not new to the Arts and Culture sectors. These people bring a wealth of experience in corporate governance and innovative management. The Board will therefore champion sound corporate governance in line with the Government’s National Corporate Governance Framework. While strengthening the corporate governance paradigm of the Council the Board will, by extension, influence the Arts and Culture sectors. The Board will play a critical role in ensuring the alignment of the NACZ Act of 1985 with the Constitution of Zimbabwe whilst at the same time implementing the National Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy.

The Government of Zimbabwe is alive to the growing importance of the cultural and creative industries in enhancing community livelihoods and its effective contribution towards economic growth. The Board will therefore be instrumental in making the Council a driver in the strengthening of the cultural and creative industries so as to make them significant contributors to the socio-economic development of Zimbabwe.This Board is challenged to explore new models and strategies for investment in the Arts and Culture sectors.  It is important to professionalize the creative sector so that it is structured to benefit its practitioners, its various players and the country at large.

The Board will be Chaired by former Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Great Zimbabwe University Prof. Herbert Chimhundu.

Other members willinclude:

  •         Former Bulawayo Town Clerk Mr. Moffat Ndlovu,
  •         AB Communications Group CEO Mrs Susan Makore,
  •         Music legend Dr Oliver Mtukudzi,
  •         Businessman Mr Max Tshuma,
  •         Academic and Zimbabwe International Book Fair Board member - Prof. Ruby Magosvongwe,
  •         Former legislator Mr. Japhet Dube,
  •         Business Executive Mrs. Dorcas Savanhu and
  •         Lawyer Mr. Witness Zhangazha.

 

Ladies and gentleman allow me to congratulate the new board and wish them all well in their new three-year task.

 

Amhlophe! Makorokoto!

 

Thank you.