Kgathi tightlipped on budget for arts constituency competition

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The Minister responsible for the arts, Shaw Kgathi has shied away from revealing the budget for the newly established constituency competition for the arts.

The constituency arts competition will run side by side with the controversial constituency league, which last year cost the tax payer over P30 million, not including unpublicised sponsorships from the private sector.

When asked to say how much the government is pumping into the competition this year, Kgathi answered: "Prize money and related logistical costs cannot be quantified at this time when the number of groups who would be involved, the number of officers who would be needed to cover the various activities, the length and breath of the country to be transversed, etc,  are still to be determined. The programme is also intended to be a partnership between government, the private sector and local communities and their contributions cannot be pre-determined", the Minister said in a written response.

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