Entertainment /09 July 2023,16:48pm/ Staff Writer
Mr Themba Dlamini, CEO: PACOFS, and Ms Kwena Mageza, Acting Registrar: image supplied
By Staff Writer: On 28 June 2023, CUT entered a new venture with the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State (PACOFS) through a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). The parties agreed to work on a collaborative endeavour, focusing on supporting the growth and development of the performing arts and culture in the region.
Ms Kwena Mageza expressed the university’s gratification for being part of the union. “The university has been working with PACOFS for many years and today, we are bracing our relations to work together again to develop access and enable our students to work with PACOFS in the fields of drama, music, or any other type of entertainment,” said Kwena.
In this collaboration, PACOFS will be able to make use of CUT’s focus areas as a learning institution by providing access to its infrastructure in research and human capital assistance in the form of Work-Integrated Learning. “We want to see our students developing an appreciation for what PACOFS has to offer, while also exposing them to the production and staging of large events,” she said.
Mr Themba Dlamini said the MoU marks a significant milestone for PACOFS and its principal shareholder. “This collaboration is in line with the National Development Plan Vision 2023, which emphasises that all children should have access to high-quality education.
As PACOFS and CUT, we are already ahead, as we have started to build roads, as demonstrated by two students, Asive Maseti and Boitumelo Dauw, who were exposed to real-time work experience in the field of Information Communications and Technology (ICT).”
He added that eight more CUT students have already started working at PACOFS. “This milestone was realised because of the thought leadership that prevails between us, and that has developed over time. As game changers, we want to leave legacies behind while building a sustainable talent pipeline for our country.”