Nomination of candidates to serve on the council of The Market Theatre Foundation (Cultural Instutution)

In terms of the Cultural Institutions Act, 1998 (Act 119 of 1998), the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa invites members of the performing arts (Playhouse/Theatre) fraternity and the general public to nominate persons to serve as members of Council of the Market Theatre Foundation (Cultural Institution)

Nominated candidates should possess a broad understanding and experience in the field of heritage; performing arts; managerial; financial expertise; legal; marketing and liaison; fundraising; education and cultural/social research; corporate governance, as well as a willingness to render community service. The remuneration of the appointed nominees is in line with the remuneration scheme of the National Treasury guidelines as prescribed in the Cultural Institutions Act as amended.

Anyone wishing to nominate persons to serve as members of Council of the aforementioned Performing Arts Institution (Cultural Institution) 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;

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. Should you not be contacted within 3 months from the closing date, consider your nomination unsuccessful.

Nominations are to reach the Director-General of the Department of Arts and Culture by 22 December  2017 via post: Private Bag X897 Pretoria 0001 for attention: Ms Lindeka Moeng

Email nominations can be forwarded to

Please note that this advert is available on the website Market Theatre Foundation. Telephonic enquiries: Ms Lindeka Moeng 066301 4641


Arts and Culture launches online digitized audiovisual recordings, 17 Nov

The Department of Arts and Culture will launch the online digitized audiovisual recordings on the 17 November 2017 at the National Archives and Records Services of South Africa in Pretoria. The aim is to build a global awareness of the various issues at stake in preserving the audiovisual heritage and make these recordings accessible to the present and future generation.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa said during the hand over, “Armed with these digitized recordings of the Rivonia Trial, we shall be able to tell the full story of this trying period in our history with sound, words and silences to present and future generations in all its glory, its horror and ultimately its triumphs.”

The online launch of the digitized audiovisual recordings is a significant step towards preservation and promotion of our audiovisual heritage. In response to a proposal by the Czech Republic in October 2005, UNESCO’s General Conference approved the proclamation of 27 October as the annual World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. This year’s celebration took place under theme, “Discover, remember and share “.

Sound recordings and moving images in any form are vulnerable, and easily discarded or deliberately destroyed. Too much of the world’s 20th century audiovisual heritage is now lost, and much more is slipping beyond recovery because of neglect, natural decay and technological obsolescence. Unless public awareness of the importance of preservation is increased, this trend will continue.

Minister Mthethwa said during his budget vote speech this year; “Through the co-operation project between L’Institut National De L’Audiovisuel (INA) and the National Archives and Records Services of South Africa involving the digitisation of dictabelts and the training of South African Archivists on the digitisation and restoration of dictabelts, the resultant Rivonia Trial Recordings will be made available to all South African citizens and the world at large on 27 October 2017 when we celebrate UNESCO’s World Day for Audio-visual Heritage. The other digitisation projects to be implemented in 2017/18 financial year include the digitisation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) audio-cassettes and Bloke Modisane papers.”

Audio-visual archives are a cornerstone of the memory of the world, with recordings that enable recall for future generations and give context to our shared history, culture and humanity for over a century. Promote a greater understanding of the unique role of audiovisual archives and the need for it to be safeguarded, preserved and protected as part of our world heritage.

Safeguarding audiovisual heritage is a complex process requiring a range of technical, political, human and financial solutions. Not taking action will result in the loss of entire chapters of our heritage in less than ten years, and lead to impoverishment of our identity. The collective memory of the different peoples of the world provides the foundation for sustainable development, the defense of basic rights and an understanding of the past. But that memory needs to remain accessible.

Enquiries: Zimasa Velaphi on 0721728925


Service provider to provide a comprehensive Employee Wellness Programme for a period of three years

DAC 14/17-18

Bid documents must be submitted to the following address: The Director-General, Department of Arts and Culture, Private Bag X897, Pretoria, 0001. Attention Director Supply Chain Management


Department of Arts and Culture, Sechaba House, 122 Madiba Street, Cnr Paul Kruger and Madiba Street, Pretoria, 0001

Closing date: 24 November 2017 at 11:00

Click on the link for more information:

Employee Wellness Programme

Brandishing the old apartheid flag does not advance the cause for social cohesion and nation building

Yesterday, during the Black Monday protest, the democratic values enshrined in the Constitution were severely undermined by the shameful brandishing of a symbol of the biggest crime against humanity – apartheid.  The Minister Nathi Mthethwa strongly condemns this intolerance displayed at the Black Monday protests which continues to undermine the pursuit for social cohesion and nation building.

In South Africa, the rule of law is the foundation on which our constitutional democracy finds its strength. The Department therefore sympathises with the many families that have lost their loved ones as a result of these attacks on farms and call upon the law enforcement agencies to act decisively without fear or favour.

“Killings and attacks of any kind on South African citizens are unacceptable and conflicting to the kind of society that we seek to build – a truly non-racial, non-sexist, and democratic society”, said Minister Mthethwa.

While we are unreservedly sympathetic to the plight of our farming communities, we are deeply disturbed by some of the symbolism that characterised the protest action. It is important to note that the event of burning the new flag and flying of the old flag did not advance the cause for social cohesion and nation building and we condemn this action with the strongest contempt it deserves.

The Department has the mandate to lead South African society in bridging persistent socio-historical divisions, mainly entrenched along racial, cultural and ethnic identities. There are various platforms, some in the form of community conversations that are being rolled out across country to encourage robust conversations so as to bridge existing divisions, especially along the racial lines.

We remain committed to working with all communities in ensuring that we live up to the vision of our Constitution and the National Development Plan (NDP); and by extension, we hereby issue a call to all communities to join us in forging this common future together, for ourselves and for posterity.

Minister Mthethwa concluded by saying that the wise words of OR Tambo still ring true today when he said “we seek to create a united democratic and non-racial society. We have a vision of South Africa in which black and white shall live and work together as equals in conditions of peace and prosperity.”

For more information, please call Lokile Molefe, MLO to the Minister at 076 920 3934 or

Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture

Collection of Media Accreditation for the 2017 Women’s Day Celebration

Members of the media who applied for accreditation to cover the 2017 National Women’s Day celebration taking place on 09 August 2017 at Galeshewe Stadium, Kimberley in the Northern Cape are advised to collect their accreditation cards.

 Details are as follows:-

  • Day 1: 08 August 2017 from 09h00- 17h00 at Mayibuye Multipurpose Centre in Galeshewe, Kimberley
  • Day 2: 09 August 2017 from 07h00- 10h00 at Mayibuye Multipurpose Centre in Galeshewe, Kimberley

NB: You are required to bring your ID Book and Press Card or letter from the editor when collecting accreditation and also at the event.

Media accreditation: Ireen Magwai on 0824405676 or Mthuthuzeli Nqumba on 0744787681/

Enquiries: Ms Zimasa Velaphi on 012 441 3010 /072 172 8925/

Issued by Government Communications (GCIS) on behalf of the Department of Arts and Culture

07 August 2017

Call for application of the Debut Programme

Overview of the DAC Debut Programme

The DAC in partnership with BASA will be providing knowledge and skills development to emerging artists on the cusp of “making it” to support them with launching/implementing their first album, film, book, etc., and allowing them opportunities to pitch for funding to further support their venture. The programme combines DAC Debut Funding with BASA’s Education, Mentorship, and Young Business Professionals Programmes, as well as opportunities to apply for BASA Supporting Grants should applicants be eligible. Partnerships and collaborations will be important for maximum impact and improved sustainability.

BASA has identified community arts centres within each province which are supported by the DAC, and will collaborate with them. These centres will serve as programme anchors in each province, providing support and a local point of contact between the delegates, BASA and the DAC; assisting with marketing and recruitment channels. One of their staff members will be trained to co-facilitate the programme with BASA initially and support the delegates between workshop visits, and later be able to take on more facilitation within their community after completing this programme.  The centres should preferably be resourced so that delegates are able to access information, telephones and internet at their premises in order to maximise their participation and success in the programme.

The programme will be implemented in several stages with support from the BASA facilitator, local facilitator and art center.


Train the Trainer

As part of ensuring the sustainability of the programme in the different provinces, we will train local provincial representatives (ideally from the local art centres who are partners in the programme) to become co-facilitators in the programme. Training will be facilitated by BASA in-house facilitators, one training session will be held in Johannesburg, Gauteng, bringing all nine delegates together in one group:

–           Three days of workshops.

–           Six days of facilitator preparation prior.


–       Delegates will be given an induction and an overview of the programme structure and rollout.

–      They will be trained in Asset Based Community Driven Development (ABCD) and means of facilitating it.  ABCD workshops and the ABCD paradigm offer a powerful approach to community development that focus effort on discovering and mobilising the resources that are already present in a community.

Phase 2

Artist Recruitment

Recruitment target: +/- 25 people per province in all nine provinces.

Marketing and recruitment via:

·         BASA and DAC databases

·         Local community arts centres

·         Local libraries

·         Municipal offices

·         Local and community newspapers

·         Local and community radio stations

·         Social media and WhatsApp

Applications and Criteria

·         Applications to be submitted via WhatsApp/social media.

·         Applications will be assessed based on the stage of development and developmental needs, as well as previous training of the various applicants.

·         Criteria is to be an emerging artist who is active in the sector, with a project/venture in mind AND for the application to demonstrate basic ability to effectively communicate their project/venture concept, and that the concept has the potential for viable implementation.  Detailed criteria to be confirmed.

Phase 3

Provincial Workshops

(+/- 38.5 weeks per province, including preparation, content delivery, assignments and feedback)

Facilitated by a BASA facilitator and a local co-facilitator, this programme consists of three visits per province throughout the year. Each visit consists of the following:

–          four days of workshops

–          one week homework

–          feedback after two weeks

The delegates in the Train the Trainer Programme, outlined in phase one, will co-facilitate the workshops in their province with a BASA facilitator, and review assignment submissions and provide feedback under the guidance and supervision of the BASA facilitator.  They will also be required to assist the BASA coordinator with processing applications and communicating with potential delegates.  They will be loaned tablets for the period of their service for communication, reviewing assignments, and providing feedback.


–   While the introductory workshop in this programme focuses on Asset Based Community Driven Development (ABCD) in depth, the entire curriculum is premised on this model.

–   Delegates will be introduced to basic business communication skills that will be an asset to them as an employee or an entrepreneur, and to the basic ABCD tools so that they understand the paradigm.

–   Delegates will learn about understanding the venture idea, the needs it is meeting and how to communicate it. This will give them the chance to understand their proposed product or service and also its value proposition.

–   Once they have a venture idea, they will plan market research to test its viability – delegates will gain an understanding of how to collect data in order to see if it is viable and has the ability to succeed.

–   After the findings from the market research, delegates will be able to do a business/project plan which will then look at the mission, vision, objectives and activities that will make the venture a success (including marketing, operations, finance, and monitoring and evaluation). The delegates will also have a clearer picture of the opportunities and potential partners to engage with. They might even need to rethink their value proposition from the research findings.

–   Further to this, to ensure that delegates stay motivated, mobilising will help them to identify what they can do now with what they have to start their venture.  The focus will primarily be their short term goals and creating a plan of action to achieve it.  When people have realistic goals that they achieve, it builds confidence and a track record to build more confidence to implement bigger goals.

–   After returning from implementation process of mobilising their venture/piloting it, the delegates need to give feedback on the experience and will look at the customer relationships built over that time and identify potential partnerships.

–   The course content thus far will feed into the development of Business Model Canvases (which can also be used for developing and strategising sustainable projects).

–   At the end of the workshop programme, they will have the opportunity to pitch their refined ventures for funding – this will happen during the last day of the third visit, and they will also need to submit a written proposal.  Winning pitches will receive funding and must implement and report on the project. Those who receive funding will also be paired with a mentor from BASA’s Young Business Professionals Programme and/or Mentorship Programme.

Applications for Eastern Cape, Gauteng, or the Free State. Closing date 1 August 2017: Call for applications for the BASA Debut Programme ECGauFS

Applications for Limpopo, Mpumalanga, or the Northern Cape. Closing date 3 July 2017: Call for applications for the BASA Debut Programme

Human Rights Day address by President Jacob Zuma,Victoria Sportsground, King William’s Town, Eastern Cape.

Human Rights Day address by His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma,Victoria Sportsground, King William’s Town, Eastern Cape.

21 March 2017
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa,

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa and all Ministers present,

Premier Phumulo Masualle and your executive council,

The Members of the Provincial Legislature,
The Executive Mayor of the Buffalo City Metro, Mr Xola Pakati and all Mayors and councillors present,

Representatives of labour, business and religious sectors,

The family of Mr Steve Biko,

UMphakathi waseQonce neMpuma Koloni yonke,

Fellow South Africans,

Molweni, sanibonani,

We greet you all on this important occasion of the 2017 Human Rights Day commemoration in the beautiful Eastern Cape Province.

On Human Rights Day we celebrate and re-affirm our commitment to the hard-won human rights that are enshrined in the Constitution of our country.

The marking of this day was born out of the huge sacrifices made by brave men and women who fought for freedom in the face of extreme brutality by the apartheid regime.

On 21 March 1960, sixty nine people were brutally killed by the apartheid police and scores were injured, when they were shot at during a peaceful anti-pass protest march to Sharpeville police station.

The ruthless incident shocked the whole world. Many were also brutally killed in Langa in Cape Town on the same day. They were marching to declare their right to freedom of movement in the land of their birth.

In another tragic incident 28 people were killed in Langa, Uitenhage in March 1985, during the 25thanniversary commemoration of Sharpeville.

We pay tribute to all of them for their selfless contribution. We shall never forget their sacrifices for freedom, equality and justice.

Our country now enjoys a stable constitutional democracy where everyone is entitled to equal human rights because of the sacrifices of the people of Sharpeville, Langa, Soweto, KwaMashu, Tzaneen, Zeerust, Giyani and many other parts of our country.

The theme of Human Rights Day this year is The year of OR Tambo: Unity in Action in Advancing Human Rights.

Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo would have turned 100 years old this year had he lived.

We are celebrating the life of a liberator, teacher, intellectual, internationalist and unifier who kept the liberation movement together and in focus during the most difficult moments in our struggle.

He strove for unity at all times and this should inspire us to work together to achieve our dream of a truly united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.

The year 2017 is also the 40thanniversary of the brutal murder of black consciousness leader and liberation struggle icon, Mr Bantu Steve Biko.

This sports ground is the historic venue where his emotionally charged funeral was held. We honour him today on Human Rights Day, because the gruesome and painful manner in which he was treated and his eventual merciless murder by the apartheid state was a gross human rights violation.

We joined Mrs Nontsikelelo Biko and family earlier this morning to unveil and hand over the Biko monument to the family. The handover marks the launch of the commemoration of the 40thanniversary of the death of Mr Biko.

In September, the month of his tragic death, we will join the family, AZAPO and the Black Consciousness Movement in commemorating his life and contribution.

Indeed, this is the year of deepening unity.

We must come together to celebrate our national heroes and ensure that our youth and future generations know and understand their contribution and what they stood for.

In the memory of Steve Biko, let us promote the emancipation of the mind.

He wanted black people to understand that they are equals with other racial groups, and that they were equally deserving of dignity, respect, equality and a better life.

He believed that only when black people understood that they were not inferior, and the white people understood and accepted that they are not superior, would true liberation be achieved in our country.

Our country indeed needs liberated minds in order to achieve radical economic transformation.

Sivuye kakhulu ukudibana nomndeni wakwa-Biko namhlanje, sikhumbula ighorqha lakowethu, uMnuz uSteve Biko owabulawa kabuhlungu abamhlophe ngo- 1977.

Ngenyanga yokuhamba kwakhe emhlabeni uSeptember, sizophinde sidibane sisebenze kunye nomndeni neqembu le-AZAPO ne Black Consciousness Movement, sikhumbule igalelo lalelighorha lomzabalazo wenkululeko yabantu abamnyama.


We mark Human Rights Day each year for important reasons.

We come from a history where there was a scant regard for fundamental human rights. It is most fitting that we pause annually, and remember the past so as to learn from it and never repeat its wrongs.

We also use this day to take stock of progress in the promotion of human rights. Today we also recommit ourselves to advance fundamental human rights and the restoration of human dignity to the black people in particular, who were brutalised and dehumanised by the twin systems of colonialism and apartheid.

We are pleased with the progress we have made thus far in advancing human rights. Our country’s Constitution enshrines socio-economic rights such as health education, food, water and social security. We have made progress in these areas.

Our children have a right to be taught in decent schools.

Government created the Accelerated Schools Infrastructure delivery Initiative to replace mud schools and other inappropriate structures and to provide basic services of sanitation, water and electricity.

The question is no longer why there are mud schools in the country, but how far government has gone in eradicating them.

Through the programme, we have completed one hundred and seventy schools. To restore the dignity of our learners, government has provided water to six hundred and fifteen schools, decent sanitation to four hundred and twenty five schools and electricity to three hundred and seven schools.

We also care about the wellbeing of children in our schools.

Nine million children receive meals through the National School Nutrition Programme and also do not pay school fees. The feeding scheme also provides an income for mothers who cook the meals daily at schools, while government buys vegetables from women-owned cooperatives in most communities. This programme thus fights hunger and contributes to community development.

Another key achievement of government that we are proud of, is the growth of the Early Childhood Development Programme. We are investing in these ECD centres of crèches as they are commonly known, to ensure that even children of the poor and the working class have a good start in education.

Government has remarkably grown the programme from supporting three hundred thousand children to 1.4 million children. Government pays a subsidy of fifteen rand per child per day and also pays a subsidy to each approved Centre.

We also extend the access to education to higher education.

More money is allocated to the National Student Financial Aid Scheme each year to support youth from poor and working class backgrounds. This year the budget is 15.2 billion rand, which is higher than ever before.

We know that there are some more young people that we have not yet reached.

I appointed the Heher Judicial Commission of Inquiry to look at funding models and look forward to the report of the Commission in June this year.


We are proud of the progress we have made in extending social security assistance to our people in line with the Constitution.

Government pays social grants to almost 17 million social grants recipients which is a huge achievement in fighting poverty.

The child support grant and older persons grant are the two largest social grant programmes with 12 million  children and 3.2 million older persons’ benefitting from the social grants.

To provide further assistance, Government is seeking to amend the Social Assistance Act to amongst other things, enable government to provide funeral benefits to the elderly and savings vehicles for caregivers of children.

Let me take this opportunity to once again assure all who receive social grants that they will receive their money at the end of the month.

Bonke abadala, ogogo nomkhulu abafumana inkamkamu, izimpesheni, nabathola izibonelelo zezingane nabakhubazekile, sicela bangoyiki neze. Bazakuyifumana imali yabo ekupheleni kwenyanga.

Izinkinga ebezikhona, sesixaxuliwe.


The Constitution also refers to food security.

Government, through the South African Social Security Agency supports with food parcels, families facing extreme hunger or disasters such as fires and destitution.

In the past year, government approved more than one hundred and fifty thousand applications from citizens and households faced with destitution, undue hardship and disasters.

The Expanded Public Works Programme also provides job opportunities to many families to put hunger at bay. For long term assistance, government continues to support households with food production measures through the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

To meet the right to housing, since 1994 government has provided housing opportunities for about 4.3 million households. However, there is about 2.1 million households who seek assistance or an opportunity to be provided with a home.

We will work with households and the private sector to address the housing backlogs, taking into account the limited resources and competing priorities facing government.


In 1994, we undertook to build a non-racial society in which racism would be a thing of the past.

Sadly, the ideology of racism remains firmly entrenched among some in our population, and it represents one of the most despicable human rights violations.

We are however, encouraged at the level of outrage that these incidents usually draw. It proves that South Africans are generally not tolerant of racism.

In this fight against racism, government, through the Department of Justice is finalising the National Action Plan against Racism and Related Intolerances.

This Plan will give further clarity and guidance to government and to the broader South African society on the fight against racism and related intolerances.

We have also recently published thePrevention and Combating of Hate Crimes and Hate Speech Bill.

Once it becomes law, it will criminalise several forms of discrimination including on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, religion and nationality. This Bill is a perfect illustration of the seriousness with which we view hate crimes in our country.


Our programme of radical economic transformation is also linked to ensuring access to the socio-economic rights guaranteed under the constitution.

This will require that corporate South Africa joins government in ensuring that there is equal pay for equal work.

Workers must also receive a living wage to fight poverty. The National Minimum Wage is a positive start in this regard. Together we must also promote work and business opportunities for the youth.

Women’s rights are human rights. In this regard, the employment equity policy and broad based black economic empowerment has ensured that women gain access to critical areas which hitherto, had been exclusive preserve of men.

This transformation work must continue in both the private and public sectors.

Most importantly, compatriots, the economy must be unbundled so that we can loosen white monopoly control and allow the entry of black people into the mainstream of the South African economy.

Government will continue to work with business and labour to achieve these objectives.

Fellow South Africans,

Land is mentioned specifically in the Constitution especially the need for restitution. As part of our commitment to the restoration of human dignity of our people, we will be taking practical and reasonable measures to return the land to the people.

We will use all available instruments necessary in expediting land restitution and respond to land hunger.

Indeed, government has done a lot to promote human rights for all in our country.

We know that many of our people are still waiting for some of the basic services such as water or electricity.

Work continues to ensure that these services are extended to the people on a continuous basis.


The Constitution says we all have a right to security. We are thus very concerned about the high levels of crime in some communities.

We must accept that we have a problem and work together to fight crime in our country. I visited Nyanga in Cape Town, Soshanguve in Tshwane and KwaMhlabuyalingana in KwaZulu-Natal in the past three weeks.

Communities indicated that they are tired of crime and being abused and bullied by gangs of criminals.

Indeed, our people should not co-exist with crime.

I have also been alerted to the problem of high crime rates in areas such as Lusikisiki and also Mthatha where taxi violence has tragically claimed a few lives.

Police and relevant government departments are attending to these incidents. Crime in rural areas does not obtain the high profile as that in urban cities but it is equally traumatic for residents.

We call upon the police to act decisively against criminals who terrorise our people. We also urge communities to work with the police to create safer communities.

We are following up on issues raised in the communities that we have visited so that people can see a difference in their lives.

The anti-crime road show continues. We will be visiting more communities to provide support and also ascertain what else can be done to eliminate thuggery, gangsterism and bullying by criminals in our country.

Our people have a right to security and comfort as declared in the Constitution and the Freedom Charter.


We live in a country that enshrines human rights and dignity. These gains came at a great price. People lost their lives. We should never forget the sacrifices that were made for our freedom and democracy.

In the memory of those who laid down their lives for this country, we must continue to build a South Africa that will enshrine the human rights of all, regardless of their class, gender or geographical location.

I wish you all a meaningful and happy Human Rights Day!

I thank you.

Issued by The Presidency


Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi to host a meeting with the European delegation on community cultural centres

Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi will host a meeting with the European counterparts on the development and policy implementation of community cultural centres on Monday, 20 February 2017 at the National Department of Arts and Culture offices in Pretoria.


The objective of the meeting is to discuss issues on institutional capacity, policy implementation, programming, innovative sourcing of funding and come up with recommendations and an implementation plan for the growth of community arts centers.


 The meeting also aims to expand communication and dialogue between cultural workers in Ireland, Flanders, France and South Africa to reflect on the state of the South African community arts centres and their contribution to continuous capacity building and development.


Media is invited as follows:


Date   : Monday, 20 February 2017

Venue: Department of Arts and Culture, Kingsley Centre, 481 cnr Steve Biko, and Stanza Bopape Street, Room1, Arcadia, Petoria                                                                                              

Time  : 11:h00


RSVPs: Prince Njaju, 071 997 4820 /


Media enquiries: Madimetja Moleba on 072 842 6594/012 441 3737


For more information, please contact: Peter Mbelengwa – Spokesperson for the Deputy Minister – Cell: 082 611 8197 / Email:; Ms Zimasa Velaphi: 072 172 8925


Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture


Minister Nathi Mthethwa launches the Young Patriots Programme

Media Advisory

Attention   : Editors and Journalists

Date             : 21 November 2016

Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa will launch the Young Patriots Programme at Freedom Park, Pretoria on the 25th November 2016. The programme is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture through NYDA.

The key objective of the programme is to create job opportunities for youth in the arts, culture and heritage sector. Through the National Youth Development Agency, the Department of Arts and Culture has begun a process of recruiting 300 young people to participate on the Young Patriots Programme.

The Young Patriots Programme acknowledges the role played by young people during the struggle for liberation and to ensure that young people today, are involved in social cohesion and nation building initiatives.

Government carries a responsibility to instil confidence and pride amongst the youth. This happens by educating young people about their history, heritage and the role played by other young people in the struggle for national liberation and thereby inculcating a sense of appreciating the South African democracy today.

Members of the media are invited to join the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa and NYDA CEO, Mr Khathu Ramukumba at the launch of the programme that will see the signing of the Framework of Collaboration as follows:

Date : 25 November 2016

Time : 08:00

Venue : Gallery of Leaders: Freedom Park; Pretoria

Media RSVPs: Mthuthuzeli Nqumba, / 0744787681 or Lerato Gambu, / 0718972998 or (011) 651 7000

Media enquiries: Ms Zimasa Velaphi, 0725751994 or Teresa Magidela, 0606017724

Address by Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture (RSA), Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, MP, on the occasion of the celebration of South Africa’s Heritage and Kuwait as a Cultural Islamic Capital 2016 in Kuwait

27 October 2016DM

Programme director

Secretary General of National Council for Culture, Arts & Literature, Mr Ali Al Yoha,

Your Excellency South African ambassador to Kuwait, Ambassador Mr Bona;

Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of Senegal H.E Abdou Lahad Mbeke;

Deputy Dean, Ambassador of Somalia HE Abdulkadir Amin Sheikh Abu Baker;

Ambassador of Chad HE Ali Ahmad Aghbash;

Ambassador of Swaziland HE Mlondi Dlamini;

Ambassador of Zimbabwe HE Mark Grey Marongwe;

Esteemed guests;

Ladies and gentlemen


On behalf of the government and people of South Africa, allow me to convey our warmth greetings to the government and people of the State of Kuwait.

South Africa and Kuwait enjoys cordial and reciprocal bilateral relations. The ties between the two countries were further strengthened by Kuwait initiating the formalisation of relations by proposing the signing of a Cultural Agreement.

Both countries are fully committed to promoting mutually beneficial cooperation in the fields of arts, culture and heritage for developing activities, programmes and projects for cultural and artistic exchange. The draft Agreement has gone through the necessary processes and is waiting for the Ministers availability for signing.

I stand before you on this occasion as we celebrate both South Africa’s heritage and Kuwait as the Islamic Capital of Culture for 2016. It is such occasions that form part of on-going efforts to strengthen cultural relations between South Africa and Kuwait as we promote greater people to people contact and deepen our bonds of friendship and solidarity.

The 2016 Heritage Month theme is: “Celebrating our Human Treasures by Asserting our African Identity”.

Firstly, this theme appeals to each one of us to acknowledge and recognise the presence of our living human treasures in the communities we find ourselves in. This does not only mean knowing their names and where they live.

Most importantly, it means knowing and taking pride in the significant work they do in the preservation and promotion of South Africa’s living heritage.

By taking pride out of their work, means ensuring that the living human treasures are respected and commended for flying the South African flag high.

Secondly, the theme appeals to each one of us to appreciate and take pride of who we are. That is, where we come from, who are we, what we have achieved over the years and what do we aspire to be in the near future amongst others.

Therefore, the knowledge of our historical past and what we strive to become on our daily endeavours should consciously remind us that we are ‘sons and daughter of Africa’. As such we shall continue to live the dreams of our forebears who wanted to see a united and prosperous Africa espousing the values of love, peace, tolerance and respect for humanity.

Against all odds, our forebears went through painful past fighting against colonialism and apartheid. The two evil systems were among others designed to shape the thoughts and identities of ‘subaltern’ Africans.

Owing to this infamous past, the Department of Arts and Culture saw it befitting to call on to all South Africans to celebrate the significant contribution made by men and women in defence of our indigenous knowledge systems, our heritage and our cultural identities.

In the spirit of building a united and prosperous South Africa, the Department of Arts and Culture embarked on a project of identifying and documenting South Africa’s living human treasures. These are men and women who possess the knowledge and skills of our indigenous knowledge and living heritage to the highest degree.


The South African government is also engaged in the process of names standardisation whereby original African names are reintroduced to replace undesirable colonial and apartheid names in terms of the South African Geographical Names Council Act 118 of 1998.

South Africa has built a number of commemorative infrastructures to commemorate heroes and heroines who contributed to building a free and democratic South Africa and we call these the Legacy Programme. Some of the projects built include the Nelson Mandela museum, the Luthuli museum, the Sartie Bartmaan Centre and many other centres built and named after heroes and heroines of the country.

We remain humbled by the invitation to be part of the celebration of Kuwait as the Islamic Capital of Culture 2016 though our partnership with the South African embassy here in Kuwait. Hence we have brought a group of artists, paintings and crafts for exhibition to be part of this historic celebration. We also have in our midst one of South Africa’s renowned artist Joe Nina, who will perform at this celebration.

I would like to conclude by reiterating South Africa’s commitment to the bilateral relations with the State of Kuwait.

I thank you