At the forefront of recognising the contribution of elders to inspiring the next generation is the Arts and Culture Trust (ACT), established in 1997. It has become a maintaining and sustaining force in arts and culture. The trust has disbursed more than R20m over the past 20 years as it fulfils its mandate to establish an industry that is self-sustaining, innovative and independent of public funding. ACT has five annual funding and development programmes, including a creative conference and arts management master classes. Over the years, the organisation has acknowledged many icons of South African heritage, including Miriam Makeba, Johnny Clegg, Dr Mongane Wally Serote, Judge Albie Sachs, Pieter-Dirk Uys, John Kani, Esther Mahlangu, Es’kia Mphahlele, Gibson Kente and Nadine Gordimer. The 20th ACT annual awards ceremony late in 2017 celebrated excellence in South African arts, culture and creativity. Its prize money of R150,000 was shared among Lindiwe Mabuza, Adele Blank, Dorothy M...

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