ACT Thuthukisani Programme cycle 3 is open


    The Arts & Culture Trust announces the open call date of the Thuthukisani Programme cycle 3, proudly supported by Nedbank.

    Do you have a registered arts business? Does your business operate in Gauteng, Free State, or the Western Cape? Can you turn a potential investment of R45 000 into profit for your business?

    The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Thuthukisani Programme is a business development programme to empower a selected group of artists and creative entrepreneurs to implement and execute their chosen projects in a strategic and sustainable way. A total of 63 successful applicants, seven from each province in South Africa, will receive training. After completing the training programme, participants will pitch their projects for the opportunity to receive a cash investment and one-on-one mentorship. Only projects with merit that can generate income will be eligible for potential investment.

    The word ‘thuthukisani’ is a call to action taken from the isiZulu word ‘thuthukisa’ (a verb), meaning ‘to develop’. Initiated and managed by the ACT, the ACT Thuthukisani Programme is supported by Nedbank.

    The roll-out of the programme takes place in three cycles and applicants from three predetermined provinces per cycle are invited to apply. Cycle 1, covering Limpopo, North West and Mpumalanga has been completed and cycle 2, covering the Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal is in its final stages. Applicants from Gauteng, the Free State and the Western Cape can now apply for cycle 3.

    How to Apply

    The open call will run from 3 November 2022 to 17 January 2023. Application forms are available online at, and outcomes are expected to be announced in February 2023. Training is provisionally scheduled to start at the end of February 2023.


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