How can the Arts benefit from 4IR
Presentation by Bongani Njalo (artist), Amanda Mathe (Ndlvukazi Online Media) and Juan Steyn (South African Centre for Digital Language Resources). Chaired by Dr Maleshoane Rapeane-Mathonsi
Bongani Njalo (b. 1987) currently lives and works in Port Elizabeth where he studied Fine Art at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, majoring in Stained Glass. Njalo is a 2014 recipient of the David Koloane Award and was named one of the Top 200 Young South Africans in 2016 by the Mail & Guardian for his contributions to the cultural landscape of South Africa. With extensive experience in public programs and social engagement in the arts in South Africa, Njalo has worked as Project Leader for organisations across the country such as the Mandela Bay Development Agency (PE), Market Theatre Foundation (JHB), Arterial Network (Cape Town) and the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein. In 2017, he was selected as a cultural ambassador to the United States by the U.S. Department of State as a Mandela Washington Fellow and serves as a founding and steering committee member for the African Cultural Policy Network for the Culture, LGBTIQ+ and Human Rights. He is currently employed as the Gallery Manager and Curator at ArtEC Gallery. Njalo is an MA (Arts Policy and Management) candidate at Birkbeck University of London.