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ACT CEO Pieter Jacob steps down

BY 07.06.17

THE Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has announced that its CEO of seven years, Pieter Jacobs, will be leaving the organisation at the end of July 2017.

“It has been an immense privilege to have been at the helm of the Trust, making a meaningful difference in the lives of so many artists during my tenure. It has been truly rewarding and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to play a role in the evolution of the Trust for such a significant period of its existence,” says Jacobs, who has been offered a new position with another role player on the South African arts and culture landscape.

“Over the years I have worked alongside some excellent colleagues and many remarkable Trustees who have served on ACT’s rotating board and to whom I am tremendously grateful,” he adds.

A multi-award-winning playwright and arts manager, Jacobs first joined the Trust as a Programmes Manager in 2006. He subsequently went on to helm ACT as CEO in 2010 and over the last seven years, he has consistently increased the amount of funding disbursed to arts, culture and heritage projects across the country. At the same time, the value of the Trust’s investment portfolio has grown by more than 15%.

“Pieter has played a vital role in ACT’s strategic planning over the past few years and under his stewardship, the Trust launched a number of new programmes, including the ACT Building Blocks Programme, the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships Programme as well as the ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference. We thank him for his contribution and wish him all the best with his new venture,” says David Dennis, Chairman of ACT.

The Board of ACT will call for applications to fill the vacancy in due course.

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