Arts breaks out

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The arts community has been buoyed by the announcement that the government has created a separate ministry of arts and culture.

Since the country’s first democratic government was elected in 1994, arts and culture has been lumped into the the same ministry as science and technology, and the frustrated arts community has often complained that this was inefficient and ineffective.

President Thabo Mbeki, inaugurated for a second five-year term as president on Tuesday, named his new cabinet on Wednesday.

Pallo Jordan, a former environment minister, will head the new Arts and Culture Minister.

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