PARLIAMENT BILL WATCH: NPRC BILL “UNCONSTITUTIONAL”

The National Peace and Reconciliation Commission Bill (NPRC Bill) gazetted on 18th December, 2015, is unconstitutional as it violates several provisions of the Constitution.
It is noted that the NPRC bill states that the NPRC is accountable to the Executive being the Minister of National Healing, Peace and Reconciliation whilst the Constitution

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The place of ‘culture’ in the ‘zero draft’ of the SDGs

On 2 June 2014 the proposed goals and targets for the Sustainable Development Goals were released. While the document, ‘Introduction and Proposed Goals and Targets on Sustainable Development for the Post 2015 Development Agenda’, includes some references to ‘culture’, Nhimbe Trust in its role as Convener of the NANGO Western Region Culture Cluster, is still keen to see greater and more precise recognition of culture’s role as a driver and enabler of sustainable development in the final document.

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AWARDS GALORE FOR SPAA GRADUATE AT INTWASA ARTS FESTIVAL

Elton Sibanda, a 2014 School Playwrights and Actors Academy (SPAA) graduate, won the best director award for his play, Burning Ulcer, at the just ended Intwasa Arts Festival’s Plan High Schools Drama Competition.

Awards for Burning Ulcer at Intwasa also include best production, best male cameo role and best actor. It was a humbling victory because the competition was stiff.

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IS IT NOT TIME FOR ARTISTS TO STRAP ON A HARD HAT?

By Josh Nyapimbi

Can unions or artists’ guilds not serve and protect an embattled local creative economy? With musicians typically operating without record labels and book publishing industry literacy decimated, for example, unions might take some of the risk and sting out of the quagmire state of our cultural and creative industries.
Recent Supreme Court rulings, which triggered a wave of massive job cuts in the public and private sectors, reignited conversations with creative civil society on the need for the establishment of an Artists’ Union in Zimbabwe.

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