Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha led a sod-turning ceremony for the construction of the provincial theatre in Polokwane on Thursday. The event took place at Bakone Malapa Open-Air Museum on the R37, Chuenespoort Road in the Capricorn District.

Mathabatha made a pronouncement during his previous State of the Province Address [SOPA] about the much-anticipated theatre.

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The project is aimed at strengthening inter-governmental relations. It will see the collaboration of the Limpopo Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, Department of Public Works, Roads and Infrastructure, Capricorn and Polokwane Municipalities working together.

LIMPOPO PREMIER STANLEY MATHABATHA LED PROVINCIAL THEATRE SOD-TURNING IN POLOKWANE 

“The construction of the state theatre is not just a promise kept. It is a commitment to fostering the growth and development of the arts in our province,” said Premier Mathabatha.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha led a sod-turning ceremony for the construction of the provincial theatre
How the Limpopo provincial theatre will look like

“This project represents a significant investment in our cultural heritage and a platform for artists to showcase their talents.”

Chairperson of the Limpopo Provincial House of Traditional and Khoi-San Leaders, Kgoshi Masemola also shared a message of support. She also noted the theatre’s anticipated positive contribution to arts and culture.

“The development of the Limpopo Provincial Theatre will assist in ensuring that dramas and shows written in vernacular are played here. Showcasing the unique talents of our people,” she stated.

Mmabulepu Kekana from the Limpopo Arts and Cultural Council also praised the groundbreaking as a barrier-breaking event.

“We are not just breaking ground; we are breaking barriers, creating a space where the arts can flourish and resonate with the diverse voices of our community,” Kekana said.

She also extended gratitude to Premier Mathabatha for his unwavering support and vision for the arts in Limpopo. The project 800 seat theatre, worth R300 million, is expected to be completed in 24 months.