The torching of the Mmabana Arts, Culture and Sports Foundation has had a huge impact on North West artists.

The building was set alight during violent anti-Supra Mahumapelo protests in Mahikeng.

Critical infrastructure including office equipment, musical instruments and props valued at over R50 million were lost. More than 100 employees are also without office space.

Established in 1986 to unearth and nurture local talent, the building held the hopes of local talent. Now decades later it is in ruins, leaving many locals who depend on it for jobs stranded.

“Mmabana is totally down now. There is nothing going on lately and it produced so many artists up to so far but then we as upcoming artists there is nothing going on,” says local gospel artist Nkele Morakanele.

Mmabana has received approximately R10 million from the North West provincial government for repairs. More than R150 million worth of damages incurred during the violent protests.