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ACT THUTHUKISANI Programme (Cycle 3) Applications for South Africans

ACT THUTHUKISANI Programme (Cycle 3) Applications for South Africans

The Thuthukisani Program cycle 3 open call date has been announced by The Arts & Culture Trust, with the support of Nedbank.

Have you incorporated a business in the arts? Does your company have a presence in Western Cape, Free State, or Gauteng? Can you make your business a profit with a potential investment of R45 000?

The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Thuthukisani Program is a business development initiative designed to assist a hand-picked group of creative entrepreneurs and artists in putting their chosen projects into action in a strategic and long-lasting manner. Seven applications from each South African province will receive training out of a total of 63 qualified candidates. Participants will pitch their initiatives after completing the training program for the chance to win funding and one-on-one mentoring. Only projects with merit that can generate income will be eligible for potential investment.

The word “thuthukisani” is a call to action derived from the verb “thuthukisa,” which means “to develop” in isiZulu. The ACT Thuthukisani Programme was created and is run by the ACT, with funding provided by Nedbank.

The program is implemented in three cycles, with each cycle inviting applications from three selected provinces. Cycle 1, which covered Limpopo, the North West, and Mpumalanga, is now finished, while cycle 2, which covered the Eastern Cape, the Northern Cape, and KwaZulu-Natal, is almost finished. Cycle 3 applications are now being accepted from residents of Gauteng, the Free State, and the Western Cape.

How to Apply ACT THUTHUKISANI Programme

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

Only 21 ACT Thuthukisani Programme participants per province will be selected. After training has been completed, up to three qualifying projects per province will receive a cash investment and ongoing mentorship for the duration of the project.


All requirements must be met in order for applications to be considered for selection in cycle 3. Only South African citizens whose projects are based there may apply. According to the regulations of the South African Revenue Service and the Companies and Intellectual Property Commission, arts organizations and/or individuals must operate an operational, registered, and compliant arts company.

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For more Information: Visit the website for ACT THUTHUKISANI Programme (Cycle 3) 

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