Advertised Tender: DAC 14/19-20

The appointment of a service provider to conduct a feasibility study towards the development of a monumental flag ad flag pole.

Compulsory Briefing Session:

Date: 27 February 2020

Time: 11h00 am

Venue: Sechaba House, Cnr Paul Kruger & Madiba Street, Pretoria, 0001

Closing Date: 13 March 2020 at 11h00

Please find the Tender documents here: Tender: DAC 14 19-20

Call for applications for funding 2020: Arts projects

The National Arts council hereby invites applications for Arts projects.

Closing Date: 30 April 2020

Outcome Date: 22 July 2020

Please follow the link for a document with more information: Call for Project Funding February 2020

 

 

Minister Mthethwa to lead The Annual International Mother Language Day celebrations, Kwambonambi

Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the KwaZulu Natal provincial Department for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, and PANSALB will host the International Mother Language  Day Celebrations to promote cultural diversity and multilingualism. The celebrations will take place at Amangwe Village Sports Ground in KwaMbonambi, uMfolozi Municipality.

United Nations through UNESCO declared February 21 as International Mother Language Day to observe the struggle of the Bengali language movement in Bangladesh that saw dozens of students being killed for demanding recognition of their mother tongue in 1952. The International Mother Language Day is used to create awareness and appreciation for cultural and linguistic diversity around the world.  Worldwide, people identify themselves through their mother tongues. Mother language is the first language people use to communicate, to express their thoughts, their emotions and their ideas. The celebration aims to highlight the importance of indigenous languages and to inspire all South Africans, including those with special needs, to promote, preserve and protect all South African languages.

Prior to the main celebrations, Minister Nathi Mthethwa together with the MEC for Arts, Culture, Sport and Recreation, Ms Hlengiwe Mavimbela and the PANSALB acting CEO, Dr David Maahlamela will also donate books to Qalakabusha Correctional Center in Empangeni.

Members of the Media and the public are invited as follows:  

  1. Book donations

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020

Time: 08h00

Venue: Qalakabusha Correctional Center, Empangeni in Richards Bay

 

  1. International Mother Language Day Celebration

Date: Friday, 21 February 2020

Time: 09h30

Venue: Amangwe Village Sports Ground in KwaMbonambi, uMfolozi Municipality (King Cetshwayo District Municipality)

NB: Transport is available on 21 February 2020 – departing from Durban Playhouse at 07h00.

For RSVP and further information, please contact: Ms Phathisa Mfuyo 073 129 3378/083 798 4525, email: thisamfuyo@gmail.com or Madimetja Moleba, cell: 066 301 4675, email:madimetjam@dac.gov.za

Media enquiries: contact, Zimasa Velaphi at 072 172 8925 / zimasav@dac.gov.za ; or Minister’s spokesperson, Asanda Magaqa at 072 372 6807 / asandaM@dac.gov.za

Issued by the  National Department of Arts and Culture

Nomination of candidates to serve on the council of National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF)

The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa invites members of the Film and Video Industry and the general public to nominate persons to serve as members of Council of the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) In terms of the National Film and Video Foundation Act, 1997 (Act 73 of 1997).
Nominated candidates should possess a broad understanding and experience in the field of film and video industry. Nominees who possess specialised skills which are not directly related to film and video industry but could be beneficial to the Council, for example, managerial and financial expertise, legal knowledge and knowledge of marketing and liaison, fundraising, education and cultural/social research, as well as a willingness to render community service are also encouraged to apply. The remuneration of the appointed council members is in line with the remuneration scheme of the National Treasury guidelines.
Anyone wishing to nominate person(s) to serve as members of Council of the NFVF should submit the following:
a) A letter containing full names, address and telephone numbers of the nominee, giving reasons for nomination;
b) Recently updated curriculum vitae of the nominee, including three contactable references, copies of certified identity documents and academic qualifications;
c) A brief statement signed by the nominee explaining his/her suitability for
appointment.
No nomination will be considered unless all of the above are included. Correspondence will only be entered into with shortlisted candidates.

Nominations are to reach the Director-General of the Department of Arts and Culture by 05 March 2020 via post: Private Bag X897 Pretoria 0001, for attention: Mrs. Lindeka Moeng or sent via e-mail to:  lindekam@dac.gov.za

Contact Person: Mrs. Lindeka Moeng on 012 441-3478/0663014641

ADVERT CALL FOR NOMINATION FOR NFVF COUNCIL 2020

Minister Nathi Mthethwa: National Convention on Nation Building, Social Cohesion and Safe Communities

Address by Hon. EN Mthethwa, Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, on the occasion of the National Convention on Nation Building, Social Cohesion and Safe Communities, Saint George Hotel, Irene, City of Tshwane, Gauteng Province

Programme Director
Ministers present
Deputy Minister, Hon. N Mafu
Premier David Makhura
Members of the Diplomatic Corps.
Members of the National and Provincial legislatures
Executive Mayors
Esteemed members of the National House of Traditional Leaders, including provincial houses of traditional leaders.
Business Community.
Members of Labour Organisations.
Members of Civil Society Organisations.
Facilitators.
Distinguished guests
Members of the Media
Fellow South Africans

It is an honour and great privilege for me that I stand before this august forum of South Africans from all walks of life to address a gathering that seeks to tackle a very important and timely subject – that of building a social compact for Nation Building and Social Cohesion.

Some may be mistaken to think that this project on social cohesion and nation building is a new societal preoccupation, coming with the dawn of democracy in 1994. It has always been part of the architecture of the new democratic order which is based on Constitutionalism, equality, rule of law, human rights and the independence of the Judiciary has been the pre-occupation of the liberation movement right from day one of their existence. This was early in the 20th century.

In a book titled: “The Land is ours” by Advocate Tembeka Ngcukaitobi. Has this to say about Seme during his law school days and in practice:

“The notions that especially impressed young Seme were the following: equality is intrinsic to the law, government should be ruled by law; individual rights cannot be removed without following due process before an independent judiciary and the government should not behave in an arbitrary manner, and should abide by clear rules. These resonated with the ideals of African society founded on the notion of fairness and respect for others”.

This happened at the time that these were not expected especially from a person of African origin. They were trail blazers in the field of law.

In 1955, the people of South Africa from all walks of life gathered in Kliptown, near Johannesburg over two days and adopted the famous political document of our revolution, the Freedom Charter.

The Freedom Charter amongst others speaks of the following:

The Preamble of the Freedom Charter declares that: “South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of the people”.

It goes on to say: “No government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will, not just of the whites, but of all the people of the country. The Freedom Charter thus begins by an assertion of what is and has been a cardinal democratic principle that all can live in South Africa whatever their origin, in equality and democracy. That the South Africa of the future will not be a country divided unto itself and dominated by a particular racial group. It will be the country of all its inhabitants”.

As demonstrated above, the concept of nation building and social cohesion project precedes the dawn of democracy in 1994. That is, the mass democratic movement was always seized with the question as to what kind of society South Africa should be once it is liberated from its colonialism and apartheid. And nowhere is this more self-evident than in the series of papers on the National Question. It was therefore unsurprising that among many other important priorities of the new administration was the effort to progressively make South Africa a socially integrated and inclusive society – given the socio-historical context of deep societal divisions along the contours of race, class, gender, culture, language, religion, sexual orientation, among others.

While there is recognition that the various axes of human difference intersect and that there needs to be a simultaneous effort in dealing with all forms of discrimination, there is no denying the fact in terms of the centrality of race and race being the foremost social construct that continues to circumscribe life experience, given our socio-historical context in relation to racial prejudice, racial discrimination and outright racism. Thus, it would be dishonest of a social cohesion and nation building programme to avoid this fact.

The commitment in building a non-racial, non-sexist, free and democratic society is an integral part of the Preamble of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. The National Development Plan (NDP) envisions a type of society in 2030 that would embrace its diversity rather than reify phenotypical human differences. Such a society, as envisioned in the NDP will have a common set of values, an inclusive economy, and increased social interaction among the different racial groups. The NDP also envisions a visibly strong leadership cadre across society buttressed by a mobilized, active and responsible citizenry.

Despite positive strides since 1994, South African society remains divided. The privilege attached to race, class, space and gender has not yet been fully reversed. The social, psychological and geographic elements of apartheid continue to shape the lives and outlook of many South Africans.

Through the social compact business, government, labour and civil society will agree to work together to bring about future change. It will reaffirm the importance of freedom, peace and security as well as the respect for all human rights.

The social compact is aimed at promoting national unity, cohesion and nation building.

  • The strategic objectives of the compact are focused on inviting all sectors of the society to play a role in the following:
  • Advancing constitutional democracy, human rights and equality;
  • Promoting non-racialism, non-sexism, equality and human solidarity;
  • Building unity amongst South Africans, as well as with the region, continent and the international community; and
  • Encouraging healing of individuals and communities.

Social; cohesion can never be separated from Economic justice 

The social compact will create a common front in overcoming our nation’s challenges. It also seeks to make every South African an agent for positive change. It will contribute to our long term development.

The task before us today however is to put a seal to the mechanism that will ensure that all sectors of society are mobilised so that they too contribute meaningfully and optimally to this important national project on social cohesion and nation building. That social mechanism of engagement is what we now refer to as social compact.

The rationale for the social compact convention comes upon the realisation that no single sector, including government, can single-handedly succeed in the goal towards a socially integrated and inclusive society. That is, for South Africa to become a socially integrated and inclusive society, the different sectors in society need to make commitments and hold each other to account.

On this auspicious day, we have set time aside as South Africans from across the societal divide and from a wide range of sectors, to bargain with one another and reach a broad consensus in terms of the letter and the spirit of the social compact – itself a social contract that we all shall voluntarily enter into as part of our contribution to the promise of the Constitution and the vision of the NDP.

As government, we are hopeful that this collective will set us on a path towards that desired trajectory of societal integration and transformation. Necessarily, this convention must, among other objectives, (a) provide a dialogic platform on social cohesion to various key role players; (b) obtain a broad consensus on the role that different sectors will play in promoting social cohesion and nation building; and (c) obtain agreement on the spirit and the letter of the social compact and its binding force on all sectors.

I am glad that all sectors are here including civil society, business, labour, the media, and traditional authorities.

And so, what is the state of play? What then is the nature of the problem we have to deal with, which mechanism such a social compact has become necessary? The Baseline Survey by the Foundation for Human Rights concluded in their recent survey that race is a dominant variable in terms of the high levels of distrust in society.

In terms of this survey, 44% of adults have no trust, none whatsoever, on people of other race groups. Only 56% indicated some level of trust of the other. Even here, 28% of adults can be classified in the low trust category, with 15% in the medium category.

Further, 45% of the sample indicated to have experienced some kind of discrimination, with racism often cited as the sole reason for that perceived or felt discrimination. This, again, attest to the staying power of race and racism in limiting lived experiences of people in this country. This is not to say that racism is solely responsible for all the social fissures and division in society. Indeed there are other manifestations of discrimination such as class, ethnicity, gender, culture, language, sexual orientation and many others. However, the centrality of race, given the peculiarities of our socio-historical context cannot be denied.

For example, patriarchy, like racism, also continues to be part of the lived experience. Thus, gender relations are still skewed in favor of men. The results from the Baseline Survey are hardly surprising as they corroborate this claim. Women constitutes a majority in the population stakes; yet in many respects remain marginalized and more often fall victim to discrimination, abuse and some in the process pay with their lives.

Despite their precarious status in society, women had over centuries played a significant role in fostering cohesion across society. It is an irrefutable truth that women tend to be predisposed to such critical roles in society as peacemaking, mediation, and nurturing of relationships. Implicit in this is the view that all effort towards social cohesion and nation building will stutter, unless women are at the very center of that project and play a meaningful role.

Thus, in terms of strategic interventions on social cohesion and nation building, much focus is required in terms of the extent to which these interventions are responsive to ravages of patriarchy in general and gender based violence in particular. Experience of most women however intimates a worrying experience. Women and young girls still experience discrimination and gender based violence remains a worrying concern. Hence government now has issued a call to action and all government departments and state entities are now required to have related interventions about which they periodically report, as part of the Emergency Response Plan to deal with Gender Based Violence.

There can be no success in the social cohesion and nation building programme if women are violated and rendered invisible – this is particularly relevant, given the fact that women constitutes a majority in the population. Even in terms of sexual identity and orientation, the Baseline Survey seems to suggest that there is tolerance and understanding in the general population of sexual minorities as in the LGBTIQ+.

However, the lived experience of sexual minorities suggest that homophobia is still rife and rampant. The corrective rape phenomenon for example is indicative of the extent of the scourge and that a collective effort is not only necessary but urgent, if we are to rid our society of most of these social ills.

There has been criticism in some quarters that we had not recognized the lived realities of unemployment, inequality and poverty – which threaten to stymie any progress that may have been made since the dawn of democracy. It is an undeniable truth that South Africa remains one of the most unequal societies in the world, with the global inequality measure i.e. the Gini Co-efficient at 0.68.

Greater Social Cohesion and overcoming the injustices of the past are within our collective grasp. Change begin with each one of us. It resides in the willingness to ensure greater daily and frank interaction with diverse fellow South Africans on an equal footing, by talking to each other honestly and openly about our debilitating history and future we will build social cohesion and common understanding.

Ultimately we all want a nation that is defined by greater social interaction, cooperation and solidarity. This vision is possible to achieve and let us unite to grow South Africa together.

Thank you very much for your attention.

Issued by: Department of Arts and Culture

Minister Nathi Mthethwa to host a media briefing on the upcoming Social Cohesion Compact Convention

The Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, MP, will host a media briefing to outline the purpose of the upcoming National Social Cohesion Compact Convention at the GCIS offices, Hatfield, on 5 February 2020, 11h00.

The Department of Arts and Culture will host the Social Compact Convention as part of implementing the Social Cohesion and Nation Building Strategy at Saint George Hotel, Irene, Pretoria, on the 6-7 February 2020.

The NDP advocates for a social compact that will lay the ground for a political, economic, social conditions for sustainable development.

The conference is expected  to be attended by among other representatives organized Labour, business sector, government, civil society, and academics.

The Social Compact represents a collective agreement between all South Africans on how to address major issues in our country through a united effort.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa will address members of the media as follows:

Date:               05 February 2020

Time:              11h00 – 12h00

Venue:           Ronnie Mamoepa Press Room, GCIS Tshedimosetso House, 1035 Francis Baard & Festival Streets, Hatfield in Pretoria

For confirmations please contact Ms Nontsikelelo Baqwa on nontsikelelob@dac.gov.za or 076 920 1591

Media Enquiries:

Asanda Magasa on 0723726807

Zimasa Velaphi on 072 172 8925

Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture