Tuku appointed to Nacz board

HARARE - Superstar Oliver “Tuku” Mtukudzi has been included in the new National Arts Council of Zimbabwe (Nacz) board which was appointed by minister of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage Abednico Ncube yesterday.

The board will be chaired by former Pro-Vice Chancellor of the Great Zimbabwe University Herbert Chimhundu.

Other members are Moffat Ndlovu who is former Bulawayo town clerk, AB Communications group chief executive officer Susan Makore, businessman Max Tshuma, Ruby Magosvongwe an academic who also sits on the board of Zimbabwe International Book Fair, Japhet Dube a former legislator, Docus Savanhu a business executive and Witness Zhangazha, a lawyer.

“The board is appointed to serve for the next three years with effect from July 1, 2017... this appointment comes after the council has operated for some time without a board,” said Ncube.

“It is expected that the board oversees all the affairs of Nacz. The main function of the Nacz is to foster, develop and improve the knowledge, understanding and practice of the arts.

“As an agency of government, it also promotes access, presentation, performance, execution and the exhibition of the arts to all citizens as enshrined in our Constitution.”

Ncube said the newly-appointed board members are not new in the arts industry.

“These people bring a wealth of experience in corporate governance and innovative management. They will champion sound corporate governance in line with the government’s National Governance Framework.

“While strengthening the corporate governance paradigm of the council the board will, by extension, influence the arts and culture sectors,” he said.

“The board will play a critical role in ensuring the alignment of the Nacz Act of 1985 (Chapter 25: 07) with the Constitution of Zimbabwe while at the same time implementing the National Arts, Culture and Heritage Policy.”

Ncube said the appointment of the board shows the government acknowledges the importance of the arts sector in the national economy.

“The board will therefore be instrumental in making the council a driver in the strengthening of the cultural and creative industries so as to make them significant contributors to the socioeconomic development of Zimbabwe.

“This board is challenged to explore new modes and strategies for investment in the arts and culture sectors.

“It is important to professionalise the creative sector so that it is structured to benefit its practitioners, its various players and the country at large,” he said.

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