Amagugu International Heritage Center (AIHC) on Thursday, 13 October 2016 launched the Baseline Survey Report on the State of Creative and Cultural Industries in Zimbabwe at the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo.
The launch was graced by the Principal Director in the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage Reverend Paul Bayethe Damasane, the Deputy Director of the National Arts Council of Zimbabwe Mr. Nicholas Moyo, National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Bulawayo Director Mr Voti Thebe, the Matobo District Administrator (DA) Mr. Robert Muzezewa, Rural District Councils (RDCs) Chief Executive Officers from Mangwe, Matobo, uMzingwane, Beitbridge. The four RDCs also had their Council Chairpersons in attendance.

 Dr. Nomathemba Ndiweni

Dr. Nomathemba Ndiweni

The Guest of Honour was Lupane State University Pro-Vice Chancellor Dr. Nomathemba Ndiweni.
Rev. Damasane congratulated AIHC for leaving an indelible footprint in the rural creative and cultural industry landscape. He said AIHC is a flag-bearer in promoting the rural creative and cultural industry. Damasane challenged the creative civil society to apply for the International Fund for Cultural Diversity and promote Zimbabwean art and culture.
In his remarks, Nicholas Moyo, expressed Government’s support to AIHC and called for the professionalisation of the arts sector as one of the ways to ensure that the arts contribute meaningfully to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
Matobo DA Robert Muzezewa urged the Ministry of Rural Development, Promotion and Preservation of National Culture and Heritage to appoint an Arts and Culture Heritage Officer for Matobo District, stating that he already has accommodation set aside for the officer. Muzezewa noted that AIHC’s work in Matobo District has fit in well with the District’s development plan to promote local level sustainable development.
Guest of Honor Dr. Ndiweni expressed Lupane State University’s commitment to partnering with AIHC in research and documentation of indigenous cultural heritage. Dr. Ndiweni also congratulated AIHC and research team leader Dr. Charlton Tsodzo for a solid research report.

Some of the delegates at the launch

After the launch, delegates from Beitbridge undertook a tour of AIHC in Matobo.
The next phase of the project is the capacitation of Council officials and management on the role of arts and culture in supporting service delivery.
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