uMfolozi Municipality to Prioritise Local Artists, says Mayor Xolani Bhengu

His Worship the Mayor Cllr X.M Bhengu said uMfolozi Municipality will prioritise local artists when hosting municipal events.

His Worship said this at an Artist’s Capacity Building Workshop held at the uMfolozi Municipal Hall.

Detailing the municipality’s plan to assist local artists, Mayor Bhengu said Council wants all residents in uMfolozi to be included in the running of their municipality, therefore, a decision was taken to not exclude up-and-coming artists in uMfolozi.

“We are doing exactly what we promised during our election campaign. Our decision shows that we trust the capability of our own and also encourage the growth of the talent of our very own artists.”

Mayor Bhengu further said the municipality’s desire to develop and support local artists was evident while hosting the Integrated Development Plan (IDP) and Budget roadshows.

“During the roadshows, we prioritised local artists to show our support in practice and we have set aside a budget of R860 000 for future arts and culture programmes in the municipality.”

Reggae artist Mr Nhlanhla ‘King Bulawayo’ Khumalo from KwaSokhulu said the workshop will have a positive impact on them as young, up-and-coming artists.

“I look forward to seeing the teachings of the workshop being implemented accordingly by the uMfolozi Municipality as promised,” said Mr Khumalo.

The Department of Arts and culture, Recording Industry of South Africa RISA, and the KZN United Music Industry Association KUMISA were also part of the workshop.