JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua) --
The South African Communist Party (SACP) resolved
Saturday to contest future elections on its own but remain on
the reconfigured alliance with the ruling party.
At the closing of
the SACP Congress in Johannesburg, Chris Matlhako, the party’s
Second Deputy General Secretary said, SACP Central Committee
will draw modalities and road map on how the party will go about
debate at congress, we have resolved that while the SACP will
certainly contest elections, the exact modality in which we do
so needs to be determined by way of a concrete analysis of the
concrete reality and through the process of active engagement
with worker and progressive formations,” said Matlhako.
SACP is in a
tripartite alliance with the ruling party African National
Congress (ANC) and Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU).
SACP however expressed its commitment to remain in the
tripartite alliance which is reconfigured where they have more
power and say.
“The SACP remains
committed to strengthening and consolidating our ANC alliance.
This will require a significant reconfiguration. Whether the ANC
has the capacity to lead its own process of renewal, and whether
it will be able to once more play the critical role of uniting
itself and its alliance remains uncertain,” he added.
South African Deputy
President Cyril Ramaphosa addressed the congress and pleaded
with SACP not to leave the alliance saying it has benefited
South Africans in various ways.
COSATU and SACP have
in the past campaigned for the ANC and asked their members to
vote for the ruling party.
The SACP resolved to
fight for radical land-reform through a major drive to expand
black small-scale farming, facilitated through a land tax on
absentee landlords and large farming operations. There are about
280,000 SACP members in the country.
South Africa works to improve
filmmakers’ access to funding
DURBAN, South Africa South Africa (Xinhua)
-- The South African Department of
Trade and Industry (DTI) said Sunday they will spend about 7.5
million U.S. dollars by March 2018 to support emerging black
filmmakers in the country.
At the Emerging
Black Filmmakers Workshop during the Durban International Film
Festival (DIFF), Director of Film Production at the DTI, Nelly
Molokoane said the South Africa Emerging Black Filmmakers
Incentive started in 2014 and has so far benefited 40
“We are planning to
host intense workshops in various provinces to assist filmmakers
in accessing this support,” said Molokoane.
Some producers have
been struggling to access funding and the workshop was an
information session. The Emerging Black Filmmakers Workshop was
targeted at emerging film producers who want to access the
incentives scheme and inform them on how to do it.
The workshop was
hosted to assist those that needed training on the incentive
scheme and guidelines, said Molokoane.
Director of the Marikana documentary, Miners Shot Down and a
beneficiary of the incentive, said the funding will enable South
African producers to compete on the continent and in the world
in terms of quality production.
“We are seeing far
more films being produced since the launch of the scheme and
this means funding of projects happens in a lot short space of
time and one can go into production quicker. This also means our
production companies are becoming sustainable but the incentive
can be made more accessible as some of the costs are regarded as
non-qualifying and this affects the production qualification,”
DIFF is an annual
event which is the oldest and largest film festivals in Southern
Africa. The film festival started on July 13 and will end on
July 23, 2017.