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Could Mozambique's thriving arts industry be a lesson for SA?

Mozambique has invested enormously towards developing the arts and culture sector into a top performing sector in its economy.

While exploring what makes Mozambique an attractive business and investment destination, Nikiwe Bikitsha observed that the success of the sector is something that South Africa could learn from.

If you take arts and culture seriously and invest in the education of it, there will be benefits for the country's economy.

Nikiwe Bikitsha, award-winning journalist

Government funding towards establishing the Mozambique National School of Arts, Mozambique National School of Music and National School of Dance are examples of contribution towards developing the sector.

702's Stephen Grootes caught up with the award-winning journalist on what she has learned on her second day in the capital Maputo.

The Africa Connected series with Standard Bank profiles Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Cote d'Ivoire and Mozambique to highlight that Africa is indeed open for business.

It's all good to have the creative industries thriving, but if there's no commercialised policy or drive then those opportunities are lost.

Nikiwe Bikitsha, award-winning journalist

Listen to the conversation below:


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