Hon House Chairperson, as the Portfolio Committee on Arts and Culture, we made our oversight visit to !Khwa ttu, the San and Cultural Education Centre in Darling, and also to the Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project in Clanwilliam. The committee ensured that the effective oversight of this organisation is to promote culture and heritage, also of the Khoi and San people in the Western Cape, from 19 to 20 June 2012.
The findings of the committee were welcomed by Hans Kuhn as the president of the !Khwa ttu San Cultural and Education Centre. The centre is one of the four centres that form the West Coast Fossil Park, and other parks include the Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project. The combined projects and the size of the creation of jobs were supported by the Department of Arts and Culture, as was the issue of the joint venture for the promotion of the indigenous communities. They have also proposed a joint venture regarding the qualification for funding. The project has been running for the last 12 months and the Khoi and San people can become sustainable to play a role in their own development.
With regard to the recommendations of the !Khwa ttu San and Cultural Educational Centre, the issue is to make sure that skills are developed and education is still taking place. Also, the indigenous people could be demonstrating the basic cooking skills and also incorporating tourism in that particular area. They also signed the agreement with the other counterparts in Namibia, Botswana and Angola.
With regard to the Clanwilliam Living Landscape, it has been declared a heritage site and named the Bushmen Rock Art Paintings. The project operates in a twofold manner, namely passing and operationalising the schools' curriculum and by enabling the community to become self- sustainable. The centre has created jobs in the areas of accommodation, cooking, books, crafts and tours. They also have a project that currently has a staff complement of 10 -four permanent and six temporary.
On the issue of the recommendation of the Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project draft, the proposed business plan would assist them in the sourcing of funds. The trustees of the Clanwilliam Living Landscape Project should be more representative of demographics. Also, the Department of Arts and Culture should visit the project so that they could be more on board in terms of funding the project. I hope this House considers this Report. Thank you very much.
There was no debate.