Call For Applications for South African Artistes in the Act Thuthukisani Program 2021

Are you a South African National interested in developing your projects through mentorship and

cash investments?

Then apply for the Act Thuthukisani Program 2021 for an opportunity at professional mentoring,

training and financial investment.

Application Deadline: September 3 2021


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  • Training and Development
  • Professional mentoring
  • Potential financial investment.


  • Only South African nationals may apply and projects must take place in South Africa.
  • Provinces that may apply*: North West, Limpopo and Mpumalanga.

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About the Act Thuthukisani Program

Thuthukisani addresses the lack of capacity and opportunity for small to medium organisations and artists to develop new projects with mentorship, training and investment towards a sustained participation in the creative economy.

The name of the programme, Thuthukisani, is a call to action taken from the Zulu word thuthukisa (a verb), meaning to develop.

The structure of Thuthukisani will encompass:

  • Master classes
  • Professional and peer-to-peer mentoring
  • Potential monetary investment towards selective projects from the programme cohort

Thuthukisani is a programme to empower a selected group of artists to complete their chosen projects in a professional way.

A total of 63 successful applicants, seven from each province in South Africa, will get this training. After thorough training and mentorship some participants will then pitch their projects for the opportunity to receive monetary investment.

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Key Dates and Order of Program

  • Applications open: 10 August 2021
  • Applications close: 3 September 2021
  • Outcomes: 4 October 2021

Only seven applications per province for cycle 1 will be selected.

* Applicants from the remaining provinces will be invited to apply in cycle 2 and 3.

The allocation of programme slots is at the discretion of the ACT board of trustees. The decision about all applications for participation is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Program and Venues

  • The rollout of the programme will take place in three cycles, inviting applications from three provinces per cycle, and seven Thuthukisani participants will be selected per province. After the training three projects per province will receive a cash investment and ongoing mentorship for the artist throughout the implementation of the project.
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