Rangoato Hlasane

Rangoato Hlasane is an artist, project manager and scholar based in Johannesburg. He holds a master’s degree in visual arts from the University of Johannesburg. His dissertation was an investigation into the role of the arts in mobilising communities; theory he has put into practice for the past five years. He has done creative work for publications such as Chimurenga, as well as facilitated and coordinated collaborative community-based arts and development projects around South Africa. In 2008, recognising a gap between the educational needs of young people and what infrastructure was being provided, Rangoato, together with collaborators Malose Malahlela and Bettina Malcomess, formed the Keleketla! Library, an interdisciplinary library and media arts project based at the Drill Hall in Johannesburg. He says: “Access to quality education is the greatest of obstacles. It’s a problem when a large number of schools in the country do not have adequate facilities and human resources. It’s a betrayal of the most basic of human rights.” Rangoato emphasises the role of education and the arts in empowering young people from all backgrounds.