Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa says government is committed to increasing artist recognition in the Eastern Cape.

Mthethwa was speaking at veteran actress’s Nomhle Nkonyeni’s funeral at Nangoza Jebe Hall in Port Elizabeth.

Nkonyeni has been recognised as one of the legends that pushed art development in the province.

Mthethwa says the department needs to invest in institutions that will develop artists where they are based.

“One of the things we have announced and committed to as government is to concentrate and invest more going forward to such institutions as arts academies and incubators, which will then produce people from where they are. Because nationally three provinces have organisations in this sector. It’s Western Cape, Gauteng and KZN and we made a commitment in Parliament that we are going to disrupt that, we are going to ensure that we start building spaces and platforms in other provinces.”