OSS: Umkhanyakude District

Aspirant visual artists in Ward 2 in Mbazwana, north of KwaZulu-Natal will receive training from October as part of the provincial Arts and Culture Department’s Ward Based Intervention Progamme. MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Sapetha’s handed over starter kits consisting of paint brushes and a variety of paint to the group at Mbazwana Art Centre. The Department has already identified two local facilitators to run the programme. Ubuhlalu was also handed over to Bhekwa yiNkosi, a local co-operative made up of women from the same area.


The Department has been hosting training across the Umkhanyakude District following the handover of musical instruments to the Mbazwana Art Centre in May last year. MEC Ntombikayise Sibhidla-Saphetha visited the area as part of Operation Sukuma Sakhe yesterday, 25 August 2015.

She met with community members at the Mahlakwe Community Hall to engage with them on their service delivery concerns which included the crime rate in the area and teenage pregnancy.

“We would like to encourage the community to use government satellite offices such as Thusong Centre in Mbazwana as most departments and NGOs have representatives there. These facilities as well as war rooms are key platforms to raise and address service delivery issues, it is important that people familiarize themselves with them” said Sibhidla-Saphetha.