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It is tedious but necessary to repeat the grim position in which SA artists find themselves, operating in an arts sector that has no faith at all in the department of sport, arts and culture. Such mistrust was evident this week when minister Nathi Mthethwa’s plans to establish a National Philharmonic Orchestra were widely panned by the administrators of various existing — and chronically underfunded — orchestras.

In other countries, such an initiative might be cause for celebration. But the R90m allocated to the proposed entity over the next three years is almost guaranteed to be wasted or misspent, while dozens (hundreds) of arts projects that might be supported by this money are left to languish. ..

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