The ACT Building Blocks Programme that ran from May to July 2021 and saw more than 160 applicants form across the country compete for one of 45 spots on the programme concluded with 38 proud graduates on the 17th of August 2021.


The Building Blocks Programme remains one of ACT’s most impactful and relevant programmes in the arts and culture sector, empowering a large number of arts and culture practitioners across South Africa to hone their professional and business development within an arts specific framework. Through the Building Blocks Programme we strive to increase the capacity and sustainability of South African arts and culture organisations and practitioners, small and mid-level creative enterprises and entrepreneurial artists.


The extensive and updated ACT Building Blocks curriculum which aims to capacitate and bolster the entrepreneurial spirit and strengthen the resilience of small (microbusiness) to mid-level organisations and arts practitioners included training and mentoring in:

  • ABCD (Asset Based Community Development) in the arts
  • Digital Skills
  • Marketing
  • Governance, Monitoring & Evaluation.


All 9 provinces were included in the open call and a selection committee selected 5 artists/organisations from each province. Of this selection 43 individuals/organisations participated in the programme and 38 successfully completed the rigorous curriculum.


We would like to congratulate the following graduates on their dedication, commitment and resilience in completing the ACT Building Blocks Programme


The 38 successful graduates are:



  • Buhle Martha Radebe – Individual
  • Lungile Zaphi – Organisation (Morris Isaacson Centre of Music)
  • Lethabo Gumede – Individual
  • Kganya Mogashoa – Individual


Kwa-Zulu Natal:

  • Jarryd Watson – Organisation (The Wentworth Arts and Culture Organisation)
  • Noxolo Thandeka Mlungwana – Individual


Free State:

  • Lerato George Thulo – Organisation (Raycreek (Pty) Ltd)
  • Lana Combrinck – Individual
  • Pheello Rasello – Organisation (Black Roots Productions (Pty) Ltd)
  • Berlina Medupi – Organisations (Tidimalo Dance and Theatre Productions)



  • Makwena Manamela – Organisation (Deft PR)
  • Nthwaleng Selinah Tlaka – Organisation (Ipopeng Cultural Group)
  • Boitumelo Kodibona – Organisation (Manyalo Music Awards)


Eastern Cape:

  • Litha Ncokazi – Organisation (Art Versatile Institute for Arts Development, Entrepreneurship and Research)
  • Sibusiso Molefe – Individual (BANG Entertainment)
  • Heidi Sincuba – Individual (Sincuba Studios)
  • Gary Ndlovu – Individual


Western Cape:

  • Christie van Zyl – Individual
  • Xolane Marman – Individual
  • Ralton Nolan – Individual
  • Kirsten Pienaar – Organisation (Biblioteek Productions)


Northern Cape:

  • Balfour Lekgwathi – Organisation (On The Beat Communications)
  • Richie Cloete – Individual
  • Vuyo Mayesa – Individual
  • Monnapula Maranda – Individual


North West:

  • Amogelang Mokonoto – Individual
  • Thina Minya – Individual (MaCa – Mareledi Centre of ARTS)
  • Thabo Mauco – Individual
  • Nonhlanhla Pitseng – Organisation (Raikaga Performing Arts)
  • Tshepo Mothudi – Individual



  • Smangele Theledi – Organisation (Youth Nest Foundation NPC)
  • Speelman Mabena – Organisation (SM Pro Studios)
  • Clement Mokoena – Individual (FunkMusiq)
  • Joseph Mandla Mahlangu – Organisation (Joed Multipurpose Organisation)


Additional graduates, from the ECPACC’s Creative Enterprise Accelerator Programme, include:

  • Athenkosi Kilane – Organisation (HNP Production Company (Pty) Ltd)
  • Colleen Mapatwana – Organisation (Daughters of Entergrity Publishers & Distributors (Pty) Ltd)
  • Cynthia Nontsikelelo Mshweshwe – Organisation (Waterfalls Creations)
  • Monwabisi Ngcai – Organisation (Fingwa Photography & Production)


ACT CEO Marcus Desando says: “We are proud of every single graduate in this programme. The dedication and commitment it took to fulfil all the requirements to qualify for graduation demanded real investment from the participants. Graduating from the ACT Building Blocks programme is a proactive move towards entrepreneurial progress and enablement in entering or sustainably  participating in the economy as an arts and culture practitioner or organisation.”


The Building Blocks Programme will strengthen the operational infrastructure of the programme participants by providing technical assistance and relevant developmental tools through Masterclasses and mentoring and in so doing serving the creative sector holistically.


Stay safe and practise social solidarity and physical distancing.

Together we will rise!





Notes to editors

Over 27 years of arts funding

The ACT is South Africa’s premier independent development and arts funding organisation. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the capacity for arts and culture initiatives to create sustainable futures, through development and investment in innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured development programmes ACT provides support to all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration. For more information please visit the Trust’s website. Follow ACT on Twitter or like the ACT’s Facebook page.


The National Arts Council was established in April, 1997 through an act of parliament (Act no.56 of 1997). The vision of the NAC is to promote, through the arts, the free expression of South Africa’s cultures. The NAC offers financial support to arts organisations and individuals involved with projects in dance and choreography, literature; multi-discipline; theatre and musical, theatre, visual arts and craft.


Eastern Cape Provincial Arts and Culture Council

ECPACC was established by means of Act No. 6 of 2000 (Eastern Cape) and is a listed schedule 3 public entity of the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture.

ECPACC is entrusted with the responsibility of fostering the arts and promoting the culture of the Eastern Cape, to allow for the expression of the unique identity of the province and enable its artists to realise their potential through their expression of the arts and build an improved quality of life for themselves and their communities.


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