About Us


On Martin Luther King Day 2020, South African opera and indigenous jazz doyenne Sibongile Mngoma stood up and said “no more!” She created a group and invited friends to come together and organize new possibilities – starting with information sharing towards class actions to bring corrupt arts administrators to account. 

She struck a nerve! South Africa’s artists have had enough.

So here we are!  We want South African Arts to thrive.  Let’s build!  We invite ideas, we celebrate diversity, inspiration and passion. We ARE the creative solution.  And we envision a just society in which the contributions of the arts to human, social and economic development are recognised and supported.  

If you’re a creative industries worker or a supporter of the arts who wants meaningful change in the South African cultural and creative industries, join our movement today.


Im4theArts is a vehicle to mobilise

  • artists,
  • people working in the arts, and
  • people who love the arts,

to participate actively in bringing meaningful change in the cultural and creative industries and in society at large.

To read more about the movement’s aims & objectives, download the full document here …


Im4theArts is a vehicle to mobilise artists and people who make their living within the cultural and creative industries to participate actively in bringing about meaningful change within our sector and in society at large.

To read more about the movement’s principles, legal standing and general structure, download the full constitution here …  


President: Sibongile Mngoma
Chair: Karabo Kgokong
Deputy Chair: Yvette Hardie 
Secretary: Thami aka Mbongo
Treasurer: Hedwig Barry

Lucky Cele 
Selloane Mokuku
Nontsokolo Mhlotshana
Bridget van Oerle

Our Provincials Reps:

Western Cape: Naren Sewpaul 
Eastern Cape: TBA
Northern Cape: Letlhogonolo Nche 
North West: Tiego Shametja
Kwa-Zulu Natal: Nhlanhla Sibisi 
Free State: TBA 
Gauteng: Mohammed Ali; Lerato Dhlamini Thooe; Bailey Snyman
Mpumalanga: Theoddore Mohlala 

Our Working Group Convenors:

Capacity Building – TBA (Co-convenor)
Arts Education – Khanyisile Masongwa (Convenor); Janet Lindley (Co-convenor)
Cultural Policy – TBA (Convenor)
Comms –  Calum Stevenson (Co-convenor)
Sustainability – to be elected
Youth – Mohammed Ali