Empowering Gauteng women through script writing, directing

As part of Women's Month, the Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation will hold a workshop where all aspirant female script writers will be given a chance to improve their craft.

Now in its second year, the Basetsana (girls) Script Writing and Directing Workshop is aimed at addressing the shortage of women writers and directors in the province.

The week-long workshop is open to all aspirant young female writers and will be held from Monday, 22 August.

The women will receive training and advice from theatre experts including Firdoze Bulbulia, Nomsa Buthelezi and Mxolisi Norman.

The workshop is aimed at assisting in identifying hidden talent within previously disadvantaged communities, especially individuals with passion but no means to attend tertiary institutions.

"This initiative is important in that we want women voices to begin to tell our stories and stories of women struggles, triumphs, successes and more," said Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation MEC Faith Mazibuko.

"The 60 years and more of women's tales need to be told, and who is more suitable if it's not the women themselves.

"Gone are the times when women are only featured as actors, make-up artists, wardrobe managers or assistants," MEC Mazibuko said. "They need to be at the forefront developing and controlling content."

Source: Gauteng Online