South African Cultural Observatory
Interview with SACO Chief Research Strategist Jeanette Snowball Interview with SACO Chief Research Strategist Jeanette Snowball

READ an interview with SACO Chief Research Strategist Jeanette Snowball in a monograph on cultural participation and wellbeing by the Social Observatory of la Caixa. Prof Snowball talks about how “one of the functions of art is to open up debates in society”.

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Transformation and Job Creation in the Cultural & Creative Industries in South Africa Transformation and Job Creation in the Cultural & Creative Industries in South Africa

THE Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) have been hailed as offering great potential to create jobs and to be socially inclusive. This study investigates to what extent the CCIs in South Africa are moving towards more inclusive and racially diverse patterns in their ownership and employment profiles. Using a survey of 2400 randomly selected CCIs, it compares ownership and employment patterns across the six UNESCO Cultural Domains to determine their contribution to black economic empowerment (transformation) within the various domains.

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‘Creativity is potential currency in the fourth industrial revolution’ ‘Creativity is potential currency in the fourth industrial revolution’

THE world as we know it is changing. We are already living in the technological future. The fourth industrial revolution is fundamentally disrupting the way we think, work and interact with each other and, in it, culture and creativity can be one of the major currencies, argue Prof Richard Haines (SA Cultural Observatory CEO) and Rosemary Mangope (National Arts Council CEO).

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‘Creative Industries can drive economic growth, job creation’ – report ‘Creative Industries can drive economic growth, job creation’ – report

SOUTH African Cultural Observatory (SACO) Chief Research Strategist Prof Jen Snowball’s recent paper with Serge Hasidi on cultural employment in South Africa explores the role of the Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) in facilitating job creation and economic growth in South Africa.

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Monitoring & evaluation key to realising South Africa’s creative potential Monitoring & evaluation key to realising South Africa’s creative potential

The South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) Monitoring and Evaluation Framework for Measuring the value of Publicly-funded Arts, Culture and Heritage projects is a tool to ‘count culture’ and identify some tangible, quantitative value asserts Professor Jen Snowball, SACO chief research strategist and cultural economist.

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Why a South African Cultural Observatory? Why a South African Cultural Observatory?

QUANTIFYING the value of a nation’s cultural creative economy plays a huge role in decision-making for future cultural investments and initiatives.

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'The Value of Labour:' The Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2016 'The Value of Labour:' The Grahamstown National Arts Festival 2016

RAT Western provides an analysis of the value of labour, using the National Arts Festival as the site to interrogate this and the value placed on creative production.

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Mapping Diversity: An Exploration of Our Social Tapestry Mapping Diversity: An Exploration of Our Social Tapestry

STATSSA RECENTLY, in May, released the results of an interesting mapping study which looks at the lasting geo-spatial legacy of apartheid and the patterns of racial neighbourhood integration and segregation across South Africa’s largest cities.

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From the Partners: The town where hip-hop is healing South Africa’s broken youth^ From the Partners: The town where hip-hop is healing South Africa’s broken youth^

A large body of research shows that in South Africa’s black townships, a youth masculinity dominates, probably best captured by the gangsta hip-hop term “swagger”. It involves a highly sexualised, aggressive manner, sporting the latest consumer goods, and not being averse to violence, alcohol abuse and drugs – basically how hip-hop functions universally. What is less commonly known is that there is an “underground” hip-hop movement in South Africa promoting an alternative lifestyle.

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From the Partners From the Partners

Research and creative thinking can change the world. This means that academics have enormous power. But, as academics Asit Biswas and Julian Kirchherr have warned, the overwhelming majority are not shaping today's public debates.

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