{Thuthukisani is a call to action taken from the Zulu word Thuthukisa (verb) meaning develop}

The ACT Thuthukisani programme is a programme designed to take 63 successful applicants from across South Africa on a holistic and enabling journey to empower them through training and professionalisation. The roll-out will take place in three cycles, inviting applications from three provinces per cycle, with seven selected Thuthukisani participants per province. After thorough training and mentorship, the participants will then pitch their projects for the opportunity to receive monetary investment. Three projects per province will receive a cash investments and ongoing mentorship throughout the implementation of their projects.

Applications for Thuthukisani Cycle 1, which was open between 8 August and 10 September 2021, saw more than 100 arts entrepreneurs from North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo vie for a spot on the programme. The remaining six provinces will be able to apply for the programme in 2022.

‘I’m very excited by the level of enthusiasm that was shown in the applications for the ACT Thuthukisani programme. The  palpable interest for self-directed growth and stability is very encouraging, and we are looking forward to seeing the journey of the participants through Thuthukisani and how they will impact the sustainability of the sector’, says ACT Chief Executive Officer, Marcus Desando.

‘The beauty of the ACT Thuthukisani programme is that it contributes to entrepreneurship and growth in arts and culture initiatives throughout South Africa. This is precisely what ACT sets out to achieve in its goal to professionalise and create a sustainable future for the creative sector countrywide. We are so impressed with the talent from the North West, Mpumalanga and Limpopo, and we cannot wait to see how the successful applicants grow with training and mentorship’, adds Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank.

The successful applicants by province for the ACT Thuthukisani programme Cycle 1 are:


Rhulani Chauke

Sarah Hlengani Masunga

Lethabo Ramokgopa

Mogoshadi Kedibone Mampana

Lufuno Munzhelele Maliaga

Ronald Matsheta

Tshepo Moeti



Dikhulong Mothiba

Marie Lombard

Lungile Jafta

Sibongile Nkosi

Mzwandile Mangcu

Thulani Sibanyoni

Tsholofelo Malewa


North West:

Thabang Gabogope

Mahubo Phungulwa

Charlotte Mofokeng

Lucky Mqoboli

Vuyo Lennox Makatees

Obakeng Mirriam Thage

Mogomotsi Simon Maphutha


The ACT Thuthukisani programme will take these successful applicants on a directed and purposeful journey through entrepreneurial training, development and one-on-one mentorship, giving them the opportunity to pitch for a monetary investment towards their chosen project.


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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, extending to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, education and  administration. For more information, please visit the Trust’s website. Follow ACT on Twitter or like the ACT’s Facebook page.

About Nedbank

In partnership with the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), the Nedbank Arts Affinity has donated more than R25 million to support over 800 arts, culture and heritage development projects countrywide. If you would like to make a difference to the lives of talented young artists in South Africa, simply link your Nedbank Greenbacks to the Arts Affinity and Nedbank will donate money to ACT, at no cost to you. The Arts Affinity currently supports the ACT Thuthukisani Programme and the ACT Tlholo Project. For more information, download the Greenbacks app, visit any Nedbank branch, call us on 0860 555 111 or visit