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Free State Premier pledges revival of Macufe

───   KEKELETSO MOSEBETSI 09:11 Fri, 01 Mar 2024

Free State Premier pledges revival of Macufe | News Article

"Macufe fostering community cohesion, promoting tourism and providing a platform for local talent to shine."

In a declaration of commitment to the vibrant cultural heritage of the Free State province Premier Mxolisi Dukwana has announced plans to resurrect Macufe. This comes in response to widespread calls from artists and cultural enthusiasts, who have cherished the event as a cornerstone to showcase talent and celebration of its rich diversity. 

In his second State of the Province Address as the premier of the Free State Dukwana announced the provincial government is looking forward to the roll-out of a reimagined Macufe later this year. This was one of the things which caught the attention of young people as the departure of what was for years the Free State flagship event on the South African cultural calendar and has historically brought together thousands of attendees, saw the introduction of Lemo Fest, sparking a wave of nostalgia and disappointment amongst loyal supporters. The introduction of the Lemo Fest was also a breath of fresh air.

In commitment to invest in the creative economy and harnessing the power of culture to drive social development and economic growth, Dukwana pledged to reinstate the festival to its former glory. In a stirring address to the public, he emphasised the vital role of Macufe in fostering community cohesion, promoting tourism, and providing a platform for local talent to shine.

Three officials from the Department of Treasury were suspended for their alleged involvement in releasing funds for Macufe irregularly but were later brought back in different positions last year pending investigations.

C-Squared also made headlines after it was found the decision to appoint them as the service provider for Macufe was unlawful. C-Squared was appointed as the service provider for Macufe 2022, the flagship programme of the Free State Department of Sports, Arts, Culture, and Recreation. According to the details of the successful bidder, C-Squared’s total bid price to organise the event was R16 849 863,80. C-Squared’s involvement with Macufe goes far back. The company has previously been accused of milking the department's money with the festival.

Dukwana said the provincial government currently offered 32 young people to undergo training in Film and Television production, NQ Level 5. He said 610 more are being recruited for internships within the film, tourism, and hospitality sectors. Dukwana also revealed the provincial government will launch Premier's Olympics Cup in the next financial year where five sporting codes will be covered.

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