The phenomenal achievement of East London-born singer Zahara in winning eight Samas makes us all very proud and is a reminder of the many talented artists and sportsmen- and women who hail from this province.

Sadly, our top achievers in sport, the arts and culture receive little if any financial and moral support from the province. We should be jealously guarding our home-grown talents and should not allow that they are poached by other provinces because we don’t have the necessary support, infrastructure and competitive edge. Cases in point is Matatiele-born soccer midlfielder Andile Jali, who now plays for Orlando Pirates, Mthatha-born Akona Ndugane who plays rugby for the Bulls and his brother, Odwa, who plays for the Sharks.

More should be invested in the development and nurturing of sport, art and culture in the Eastern Cape. Our province receives plenty of bad publicity. But Zahara has placed us back on the map for the good people we produce here.

I urge all the citizens of our province to support our artists and sportsmen and -women. Go out and buy Zahara’s music; support our sports teams such as The Warriors, Southern Kings, Border Bulldogs and East London’s Blackburn Rovers; cherish our cultural events such as the Grahamstown National Arts Festival.

Pine Pienaar (MPL)

DA provincial spokesperson on Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture



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