Call for media accreditation registration for the 30th Anniversary of Samora Machel’s tragic death

Members of the media are invited to apply for accreditation to cover the 30th Anniversary of the Samora Machel taking place on Monday, 17 October 2016 at the Samora Machel Museum in Mbuzini, Nkomazi Municipality, Mpumalanga Province.

The South African and Mozambique governments will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Samora Machel’s tragic death under the theme, “Commemorating 30 Years of selfless service and dedication to the people of Southern Africa, We remember them.” The theme reminds us to honour and express our gratitude to those who dedicated their lives to ensure that our country achieved freedom and democracy that all of us enjoy today.

To apply for media accreditation, kindly complete online registration form on the link http://www.gcis.gov.za/content/media-registration Deadline for submission of applications is Monday, 03 October 2016 at 16h00

You are kindly requested to verify your details when completing your registration form. Details for collection of accreditation cards will be communicated in due course.

 For enquiries please contact:

 Madimetja Moleba: 072 842 6594/012 441 3737/ madimetjam@dac.gov.za  or  Noni Moimane: 076 964 9610/ 012 473 0277/ noni@gcis.gov.za

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Arts and Culture to host a dialogue on Heritage Month in Kimberley

Heritage Month 23 Sept 16The Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Northern Cape Provincial Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture will host a dialogue on Heritage Month.

Focusing on the role that history and heritage can play in bridging socio-historical divisions and in fostering social cohesion and nation building on the 23rd of September 2016 at William Humphrey Art Gallery in Kimberley.

The dialogue is a build-up event towards National Heritage Day celebrations taking place on 24 September 2016 at Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley where Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to give a keynote address.

The panellists include Yvonne Mokgoro – former Justice of the Constitutional Court, Professor Muxe Nkondo – former Vice Chancellor of the University of Venda, Ms Ashanteewa Archer- Ngidi, Director: Afrikology Institute and Dr Bheki Mngomezulu – CEO: Mzala Nxumalo Centre.

South Africa celebrates the 2016 Heritage Month under the theme, “Celebrating our human treasures by Asserting our African identity” to highlighting the role played by the Living Human Treasures, our living legends in preserving and promoting our cultural heritage.

Let us, this month of September fully assert our identity, share our knowledge with others, engage in conversations to expand cultural understanding, and move towards each other, so that our cultural diversity can coalesce into common threads that build this country and this economy.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Event : Heritage Month Dialogue

Date   : 23 September 2016

Time  : 13h00

Venue: William Humphrey Art Gallery, Cullinan Crescent, Civic Centre Kimberley Northern Cape

Media RSVP: Mthuthuzeli Nqumba 074 478 7681/ MthuthuzeliN@dac.gov.za

Media enquiries : Teresa Magidela 060 601 7724 / TeresaM@dac.gov.za

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Arts and Culture to inaugurate the Legal Deposit Committee

The Acting Director General for the Department of Arts and Culture, Mr Vusi Ndima, will on Thursday, 22 September 2016 meet with Legal Deposit Committee for its first inaugural meeting at National Library of South Africa in Pretoria, Gauteng.  The Minister of Arts and Culture appointed Legal Deposit Committee with effect from 01 July 2016 – 30 June 2019. Continue reading

Media accreditation cards for Heritage Day

Details are as follows:-

Venue: Mayibuye Multipurpose Centre, Hulana Street, Galeshewe, Kimberley

  • Day 1: 21 September 2016 from 12h00 to 18h00
  • Day 2: 22 September 2016 from 09h00 to 19h00
  • Day 3: 23 September 2016 from 09h00 to 19h00
  • Day 4: 24 September 2016 from 07h00 to 11h00

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

Media accreditation enquiries: James Mathibeng, 078 802 8851/ Morapedi Sekhoane 078 944 0200

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Minister Nathi Mthethwa to deliver a keynote address at the 19th annual BASA Awards in Johannesburg

minister-mthetwa-at-moshitoArts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa will today, 19 September 2016 deliver a keynote address at the 19th annual BASA Awards to be held at Shine Studios, 115 Smit St & Henri Street, Johannesburg.

Hosted annually,  the Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) celebrates partnerships between business and the arts and is intended to highlight and acknowledge innovative and successful sponsorship of the arts by the business sector to ensure that the arts in South Africa continue to thrive. It is open to all companies sponsoring arts events, large and small. Each award category has equal value, and the award itself is an original commissioned artwork. Through its work, Business and Arts South Africa continues to secure the future development of the arts, by facilitating greater involvement of the private sector in the arts.

The Government through the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) strongly believe that the arts have an important contribution to make towards ongoing efforts to grow the economy, create jobs and fight poverty. It is for this reason that the department is engaging various government departments to ensure that the arts, culture and heritage sector is accorded the necessary recognition as a significant contributor to economic growth and job creation.

Members of the Media are invited to attend as follows:

Date                : Monday, 19 September 2016

Time               : 18:00

Venue            : Shine Studios, Johannesburg, 115 Smit St & Henri Street, Johannesburg, 2001

RSVP              : Mr James Mathibeng, 078 802 8851, Jamesma@dac,gov.za;

For more information, please contact: Ms Lisa Combrinck Spokesperson to the Minister: Cell: 082 821 4886

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Minister Nathi Mthethwa to deliver a keynote address at the 19th annual BASA Awards in Johannesburg

Mthethwa on SABCArts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa will today, 19 September 2016 deliver a keynote address at the 19th annual BASA Awards to be held at Shine Studios, 115 Smit St & Henri Street, Johannesburg.

Hosted annually,  the Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) celebrates partnerships between business and the arts and is intended to highlight and acknowledge innovative and successful sponsorship of the arts by the business sector to ensure that the arts in South Africa continue to thrive. It is open to all companies sponsoring arts events, large and small. Each award category has equal value, and the award itself is an original commissioned artwork. Through its work, Business and Arts South Africa continues to secure the future development of the arts, by facilitating greater involvement of the private sector in the arts.

The Government through the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) strongly believe that the arts have an important contribution to make towards ongoing efforts to grow the economy, create jobs and fight poverty. It is for this reason that the department is engaging various government departments to ensure that the arts, culture and heritage sector is accorded the necessary recognition as a significant contributor to economic growth and job creation.

Members of the Media are invited to attend as follows:

Date                : Monday, 19 September 2016

Time               : 18:00

Venue            : Shine Studios, Johannesburg, 115 Smit St & Henri Street, Johannesburg, 2001

RSVP              : Mr James Mathibeng, 078 802 8851, Jamesma@dac,gov.za;

Tender: For panel of professional service providers to assist DAC with implementation of an infrastructure programme

Ref No: DAC 06/16-17

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

OR

Department of Arts and Culture, Kingsley Centre, CNR Steve Biko (Beatrix) & Stanza Bopape (Church) Streets, 8th Floor, Arcadia

Closing date: 07 October 2016 at 11:00

Click on the link for more information:

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Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa will on Friday, 16 September 2016 unveil the renovated grave of Chief Tyali and deliver a keynote address at the Provincial Heritage Day to take place at Nkosi Tyali Great Place, Woburn in Alice, Eastern Cape. The renovation of Chief Tyali’s grave is part of the heritage restoration projects that seeks to transform the country’s heritage landscape.

The 2016 Heritage Month Celebrations take place under the theme, “Celebrating Human Treasures by Asserting our African Identity”.

Fort Hare University celebrated hundred years this year and this milestone is directly linked with Chief Tyali’s legacy.  Before his death on the 12th of May 1942, Chief Tyali gave explicit instruction that some of the area along the Tyhume River should be overseen by the Scotland Missionaries as an educational springboard of the African Nation (Mqhayi, 1972). It is in this area where both Lovedale College as well as Fort Hare University were later built for the benefit of the African Children.

“We need to continue to embrace and celebrate our African identity in its entirety. In the clothing that we dress, in the cuisine that we eat, in the hairstyles we adorn ourselves with, in the languages we speak in our daily lives, in our idiomatic expressions and in the content of our conversations, in our embrace of Ubuntu, in the plans and dreams we have for this country together, in the multilateralism that we hold dear in our global relations, we are African and we proudly assert our African identity,”emphasised Minister Mthethwa.

South Africa will commemorate the 2016 National Heritage Day celebrations on 24 September 2016 at Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberly, Northern Cape.

 

Members of the Media are invited to attend as follows:

Event             : Unveiling of the renovated grave of Chief Tyali and Celebrations of

Provincial Heritage Day

Date                : Friday, 16 September 2016

Time               : 09:00

Venue            : Nkosi Tyali Great Place, Woburn in Alice, Eastern Cape

RSVP              : Mthuthuzeli Nqumba at 074 478 7681 / MthuthuzeliN@dac.gov.za

Enquiries        : For more information, please contact Lisa Combrinck at 082 821 4886 /

LisaCo@dac.gov.za

 

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Speech by Minister Mthethwa at the 13th Annual Moshito Music Market & Conference

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Master of Ceremony
Chairperson of Moshito
Moshito Board members
Captains of the Music sector
Government officials
The media
Our international guests
Ladies and gentlemen
A very good morning to all of you.

It is an honour and pleasure for me to be speaking at the 13th Moshito Music Conference and Exhibition and I would like to extend a warm welcome and express my appreciation to all of you who are here to attend the event.

I am sure you are aware that the African continent is a land of great wealth with abundant natural and human resources. But despite this wealth, the continent share global poverty, malnutrition, diseases and child deaths that are continuing to rise. It doesn’t have to be this way. With globalization as the current phenomenon of international economic life, and consequently, a highly skewed market with an asymmetric structure, the simple choice is to adapt to reality and quickly learn how to create opportunities for ourselves or else we will go under to the accompaniment of loud protestations and bitter complaints.

It is my view that to reduce poverty faster and inequality too, the continent must boost their economy through increased diversification programs. Part of this should be the commitment to increasingly grow and share experience especially in the cultural and creative industries. I hope we are all aware that most nations around the globe are working towards a stronger sense of identity as well as building a solid human network and cultural exchange. I am happy to see that South Africa is part of this evolution. Regardless of our race and cultural diversities, the realisation that humankind is a single community is a great revolution.

As we all know, the current financial crisis that originated in 2007, is the worst the world has seen since the Great Depression that started late in 1929 and continued well into the 1930’s.  Up until today, the world is still feeling the pinch of this economic crisis from which many countries, especially in the developed world have not as yet fully recovered.

Developing countries on the other hand, over the last few years have seen some recovery, especially in Africa.

However, the real growth potential lies in the creative industries across the globe. This industry is the future because amongst other attributes it consist of young people who are innovators by their very nature. Economists agree that the creative industries form a remarkably healthy branch of the global economy. When the crisis hit in 2007, world exports of creative goods and services continued to grow.

The growth of the industry in countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Egypt, Senegal and Cameroon demonstrate the ability of the sector to contribute to social cohesion efforts.

As part of this, my Department is exercising great efforts to develop, preserve and promote our arts and culture. Such efforts are evident in the numerous arts and culture policy developments and programmes and this include the current process of reviewing our White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage which we are about to finalise.

The White Paper provides the key policy framework for the Department and the sector and has been for the last 19 years been seminal document for the transformation and repositioning of arts, culture, and heritage sector broadly in economic development and in democratic dispensation. The policy has also contributed immensely in the promotion, protection and preservation of the sector including engendering nation building and social cohesion.

Our country is indeed attempting to deal with arts and culture by taking bolder and more aggressive approaches and actions and our investment and commitment in various National Development Programmes (NDP) including the Moshito platform.

Ladies and gentlemen, no country can achieve sustainable economic development without substantial investment in human capital. Investment in human capital improves the quality of life, leads to broad social benefits to individuals and society and eventually raises people’s productivity and creativity and promotes entrepreneurship and technological advances. We believe that the Moshito platform provide an excellent opportunity for growth. The conference, showcasing of cultural and creative products, business networking, and exchange of information are relevant for music practitioners to grow in their businesses and become global competitive.

For us, music cannot just be a soundtrack but should remain an integral part for African development through promotion of regional markets and audiences, and the facilitation of mobility within the continent. That is why our notion of music market has taken a sharp turn to put highpoints on the importance to successfully rekindling the passion for Pan-Africanism, a sense of unity, self-reliance, integration and solidarity. This is partly informed by Agenda 2063 of the AU, an approach to how the continent should effectively learn from the lessons of the past, build on the progress now underway and strategically exploit all possible opportunities available in the immediate and medium term, so as to ensure positive socioeconomic transformation within the next 50 years.

We are extremely grateful to see the participation of our friends from around the world including our partners from the region in particular the Indian Ocean Music Market (Reunion), Atlantic Music Expo from Cape Verde, Doa Doa, and Kenya Music Week from Kenya, Zanzibar Film Festival from Tanzania, who have continued to provide a tremendous commitment and support. The imminent participation of Mauritius and Seychelles in this year’s event is confirmation that the family is getting bigger.

Moshito 2016 has put together a stimulating, thought-provoking programme that we hope will get most of us excited. The programme includes panel discussions led by several eminent speakers from different horizons with debates centred on the theme, Censored: When the Revolution Could not be Televised, as part of recognizing the artists who appropriate their messages through songs and bring the plight of the marginalized voices to the attention of the world. The conference will also tackle current policy issues and ideas on content creation, production and distribution thus preparing our players to confidently take advantage of the global economic space.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the presenters and panelists who are here for taking their time to come share with us their insightful views in pursuance of our cultural development and dynamic exchange. I am confident that the presentations and discussions will reaffirm the important value of the arts and culture sectors and continue to lay the groundwork for the collective development of our people.

I would like to express my gratitude to the Moshito Board for their untiring efforts and hard work in organising this significant event. This team, since its arrival in office in 2014, have ensured that this music market not only grows the number of delegates and music markets attending the conference and/or the number of exhibitors seeking to trade at this premier event, but it also sought to increase the number of  musicians participating and performing at Moshito showcases, concerts and festivals and this include hosting some of the activities in the townships and thus reaching out to our vulnerable and previously disadvantaged people.

What makes this so special is the fact that Moshito is today the most inclusive and functional organisation in the music industry. The monumental achievements when compared to where we were in the past years are really big and sufficient reasons for celebration. If we manage to remain on this path, I am sure this platform will continue to be the fountain head for exploring ways to promote vibrant interchange of arts and culture and to build a constructive civil society network.

In this regard, I hope that the 13th Moshito will continue to provide an opportunity to introduce new ideas, and new ventures in the cultural and creative industries, thereby further enhancing mutual business relations for the benefit of our people.

Once again, I offer my warmest welcome and express my appreciation to all of you and hope that the 13th Moshito will be a pleasant one to all of you.

Thank you very much.