The National Youth Commission (NYC), working with the Flemish Government (Belgium), continues to support the use of arts and culture among young people as a way to deal with social challenges. It gives the youth skills they can use for their own development. Four Arts and Culture centres are currently running in different provinces across the country. The centres are Ipelegeng Arts Centre in Soweto (Gauteng), Mmabana Arts Centre in ThabaNchu (Free State), Nyanga Arts Centre Western Cape) and BAT Centre in Durban (KwaZulu-Natal).
At the centres, young people participate in programmes on life skills, creative writing, drama workshops, photography, visual arts, dance and music. Activities at the centres are targeted at "out-of-school" youths, as well as those who are still in school. At the Ipelegeng Arts Centre, in particular, school-going youth benefit from activities taking place in the afternoons after school. These workshops are referred to as "drop in arts".
Activities at the four centres were started on 14 June this year in the Western Cape as part of National Youth Month.
The NYC is committed to ensuring that similar projects are started in other provinces. The NYC also promotes cooperation between the centres, civil society organisations and municipalities to ensure that the projects will continue.