Minister Nathi Mthethwa to pay a special visit to Baba Credo Mutwa in Kuruman

The National Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Hon. Minister Nathi Mthethwa will on Friday, 22 November 2019 pay a special visit to Baba Vusamazulu Credo Mutwa, a Living Human Treasure in Mothibistad, Kuruman in the Northern Cape Province as part of the Living Human Treasure Project.

The purpose of the visit is to pay a tribute to Baba Credo Mutwa, an author and sculptor; and to celebrate his legacy as one of the Living Human Treasure. The visit is in line with the Living Human Treasure Project, a departmental programme that seeks to profile and honor South Africans who possess rare indigenous knowledge, skills and techniques.

During the visit, Minister Mthethwa will also officially handover refurbished house to Baba Credo Mutwa following his 2017 visit to the newly built Credo Mutwa museum and Library in Kuruman. During that visit, it was brought to his attention that the roof at Baba Mutwa’s home was in a bad condition considering his current health condition hence a commitment was made to refurbish the house.

Prior to the visit, the Department will also host Baba Credo Mutwa legacy dialogue on Thursday, 21 November 2019. The dialogue will take place at Magojaneng Community Hall in Mothibistad, Kuruman, Northern Cape. This platform will allow panelists, and audience to robustly engage on ways in which indigenous knowledge and languages can be preserved, revitalized and promoted in order to enhance tolerance, nation building and social inclusion.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date: Friday, 22 November 2019
Time: 10h00
Venue: Magojaneng Village, Mothibistad in Kuruman, Northern Cape Province.

Media RSVP: Madimetja Moleba, cell: 066 301 4675 / or Morapedi Sekhoane, cell: 078 944 0200 /

For other enquiries, please contact Zimasa Velaphi, cell: 072 172 8925 / or Asanda Magaqa, Spokesperson for the Minister, cell: 072 372 6807/

Issued by the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture

Arts and Culture to host the South African Film Summit, Johannesburg

Government through the National Department of Arts and Culture will host the South African Film Summit from 04 – 05 February 2019 at Skyrink Studios, in Johannesburg Gauteng. The Summit will be held under the theme: “Transformation and innovation in the South African Film/Audio-Visual Industry and the 4th Industrial Revolution. Are we geared for change?”

Industry experts and policy makers within the audio-visual industry will deliberate on key resolutions as guiding efforts towards the development of the local film industry in alignment with emerging trends and global developments.

The South African Film Summit seeks to:

  • Assess the extent to which the current or emerging legislation and policies either enhance or hinder the transformation and development of the film and television industry in South Africa.
  • Evaluate the extent to which the South African Film Industry is catching up or aligning itself with emerging trends and global developments, premised by Pan-Africanism.
  • Create a platform for knowledge sharing through case studies and benchmarking with similar countries in the developing world.
  • Evaluating the successes and challenges of national and regional film industries with particular reference to funding and resources of the sector.

The goals of the Film Summit is to:

  • Advance a proposal to position a distinct identity of a South African storyline,
  • Galvanise a common consensus about the potential of the SA film industry to be an instrument for nation building, and a catalyst for economic growth, and
  • Produce key recommendations towards a 5-year Implementation Plan.

The South African Film Industry refers to the broader audio-visual media industry which includes film, television and digital media as defined in the Revised White Paper, 2017. The film industry is one of the oldest in the world having initiated in 1896. Despite such a long history, the South African film industry’s place within the local economy and globally is a contested one. This is in terms of its contribution in both social and economic value.

As such, whether the industry is in its infancy or not remains a contentious matter. This is considering the low film production volumes, unsustainable business models and a largely freelance workforce because South Africa is not short on policies and strategies to support the industry.

“Policy coordination and coherence is important to ensure there are no unnecessary bottlenecks, contradictions and gaps that will negatively impact on the business environment while simultaneously encouraging investment, particularly from the private sector”, states Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

About 300 industry players, experts and policy makers from key organisations, Government and industry institutions, some of which have been part of the planning, such as: National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), South African Arts & Culture Youth Forum (SAACYF), South African Screen Federation (SASFED); Independent Black Filmmakers Collective (IBFC), South African Guild of Actors (SAGE), the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), as well as other captains of the South African Film & TV industry and international key stakeholders including a speaker from Netflix,  will take part in the summit.

“Addressing South Africa’s positioning in the film sector, not only on the continent but also globally, is an important one if the country is to compete in the creative economy”, concludes the Minister.

Media enquiries: Petunia Lessing, Cell: 066 301 4645 / email:,

For more information, please contact Asanda Magaqa: Cell: 072 327 6807 / email:

View Summit Documents below:


South African Film Summit Programme

South African Film Summit Booklet








Vacancies @ Department of Arts and Culture

Director: Multilaterals and Resourcing
Director: Communications
Deputy Director: Heritage Policy and Legislation
Deputy Director: Strategic Management
Deputy Director: Events Management
Deputy Director: Transfer Payment Theft and Loss Control
Senior Legal Administration Officer
Assistant Director: Information Systems Security
Assistant Director: Entities Management
Assistant Director: Events Management
Assistant Director: Records Management
Assistant Director: Legal Deposit

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Arts and Culture calls media to collect media accreditation for 2018 national Heritage Day celebration

Members of the media who have applied for accreditation to cover the 2018 National Heritage Day which will be celebrated under the theme, “The year of Nelson Mandela: advancing transformation of South Africa’s heritage landscape,” are requested to collect their accreditation cards. 

Heritage Day will take place on Monday, 24 September 2018 at Riverview stadium, Kokstad in KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Members of the media can collect their accreditation cards as follows:

Day 1: Friday, 21 September 2018, 08h00- 18h00 at 53 Avenue Street, Kokstad College, KwaZulu-Natal

Day 2: Saturday, 22 September 2018, 08h00- 18h00 at 53 Avenue Street, Kokstad College, KwaZulu-Natal

Day 3: Sunday, 23 September 2018, 08h30- 18h00 at 53 Avenue Street, Kokstad College, KwaZulu-Natal

Day 4: Monday, 24 September 2018, 07h00- 09h00 at 53 Avenue Street, Kokstad College, KwaZulu-Natal

NB: Members of the media are advised to bring along their ID’s and press cards or letter from their editor for collection of accreditation.

For more information regarding accreditation contact:
Mthunzi Mkhungo
Cell: 064 687 2185

Mthuthuzeli Nqumba
Cell: 074 478 7681

Issued by: Department of Arts and Culture

Heritage Month 2018

South Africa celebrates Heritage Month in September under the theme: “The Year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Advancing transformation of South Africa’s heritage landscape.”

According to the Revised 1996 White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage, “Heritage is defined as the sum total of tangible and intangible wildlife and scenic natural parks, biological and geological, paleontological formations sacred sites and sites of scientific and historical importance and event of historical conflict, national monuments, statues, historic buildings, underwater wrecks, architecture and cities  works of art, literature and music, oral traditions, ceremonies, rituals, performances, museum collections and their documentation which provides the basis for a shared culture and creativity in the arts”.

South Africans heritage define who we are, how do we do things – choosing to embrace diversity, recognizing the rich natural resources and our potential as people, and the collaborative innovative peaceful approach that we bring to everything we do have marked our remarkable rebirth and transition from a pariah state to a stable prosperous growing democracy.

The Heritage Month programme focuses on the transformation of the South African heritage landscape over our democratic journey. It recognises aspects of South African culture that are both tangible and intangible.

The celebrations over Heritage Month consists of the active participation of museums, galleries, libraries, archives, community art centres to highlight the importance of transformation of the heritage landscape.

South Africans are encouraged to visit these institutions to contribute to their sustainability and relevance in addressing societal problems. Citizens are also encouraged to participate in community dialogues which will be held at these heritage institutions.

In honour of Madiba let us promote our diverse heritage within our communities.

Former President Mandela advocated arts, culture and heritage as the cornerstone of advancing social cohesion and nation building. He advocated the transformation of the heritage landscape and in particular the contribution of diversity in building our nation. It was Nelson Mandela who profoundly set the agenda of the transformation of the Heritage landscape in South Africa. During Mandela’s administration the constitution was adopted enabling all South Africans to embrace the agenda on transforming the heritage landscape. We can honour our former president and global icon by dedicating ourselves to promoting our diverse heritage.

Our progressive legislation has made transforming our heritage landscape possible to reflect our diverse nation.

The adoption of the Constitution enabled our nation to embrace the agenda on transforming our nation and our heritage landscape.

Through the introduction of various polices and legislation we have gradually transformed our heritage landscape. It includes the revised 1996 White Paper on Arts Culture and Heritage, Cultural Institutions Act, National Heritage Resources Act and National Heritage Council Act.

Through the new National Archives and Records Service of South Africa Act we have opened access to the archival heritage that served the apartheid regimes. The denial of access to archival heritage to the majority of South Africans robbed them of justice and further entrenched their exploitation.

The South African Living Heritage policy enhances the recognition of indigenous knowledge systems and affirms our African identity and restores dignity.

The transformation of the heritage landscape of our country has ensured that it truly represents the diversity of our society. The changes in our heritage space has helped protect, promote and preserve South Africa’s rich and diverse heritage. It has created a conducive environment for all people to embrace and celebrate what was inherited or bequeathed to us by our forebears.

South Africa belongs to all who live in it and we are united in our diversity. We must ensure that our diversity and unique heritage unites us as a nation. Our diversity is strength and allows us to draw on the heritage and culture of all South Africans. South Africans are socially diverse, yet are united by their love for our country and our flag.

The transformation of our heritage spaces promotes social cohesion and redresses the injustices of the past. 

The transformation of our heritage landscape over our democratic journey has helped foster national unity. It has allowed us to move away from the vestiges of apartheid to reflect a non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society.

We have made strong inroads into deconstructing apartheid’s social structure in our psyche and harmonising it with the ideals of the new dispensation.

In reconfiguring our arts and cultural spaces we have helped redress past imbalances and reflect a more inclusive nation.

Let us work together to protect and transform our heritage sites.

Communities are encouraged to safeguard and protect our cultural heritage and institutions for future generations. We must work to ensure that our diverse cultures and heritage reflect all our identities without any distortions.

South Africans should take pride by living in a country with the following eight declared World Heritage sites:

  • Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa
  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Robben Island
  • Maluti-Drakensberg Park
  • Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
  • Cape Floral Region Protected Areas
  • Vredefort Dome
  • Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
  • ǂKhomani Cultural Landscape

These sites are of great significance to all South Africans and should be preserved for the future generations.

There are several National Legacy Projects to establish commemorative symbols of South Africa’s history and to celebrate our heritage.

These are transformative projects to develop new commemorative structures that help greater diversity and unity. It includes monuments, museums, plaques, outdoor art, heritage trails and other symbolic representations. The National Legacy Projects contribute to deepening of the values associated with social cohesion.

The following are some of the Legacy projects completed:

  • Freedom Park, Pretoria, opened in 2004;
  • Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha, opened in 2002;
  • Luthuli Museum, Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal, opened in 2004;
  • Reburial of Sarah Bartmann in Hankey, Eastern Cape in 2002;
  • Nelson Mandela Statue, Union Buildings, Gauteng unveiled in 2013;

The Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route (RLHR) commemorates, promotes and conserves our struggle to independence. It draws on heritage as a vehicle to depict South Africa’s journey from the first contact with colonists to the attainment of democracy through a series of connected multi-dimensional sites at the local, provincial, national and international level in a manner that promotes the values enshrined in the South African Constitution namely: a participatory process of identification and documentation of significant sites, formal protection and management of heritage resources and the interpretation and commemoration of the liberation struggle.

The RLHR is a practical mechanism to recognize the importance of this category of heritage because it forms part of the social memory of many previously oppressed communities and societies of South Africa.  The project aims to conserve and preserve both the physical and the intangible heritage associated with the various epochs of the struggle for liberation. The Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route will contribute in the preservation of heritage for posterity.

Over the month South Africans can come together to share, celebrate and showcase their cultural heritage. Heritage Month is a platform for communities to showcase different aspects of South Africa’s diverse heritage. #HeritageMonth #HeritageDay #HeritageTransformation.