Speech by Minister Nathi Mthethwa at the Edinburgh International Culture Summit, Scotland.

Mthethwa on SABCI want to start my contribution on this occasion by expressing the appreciation of the South African government and her citizens for the role the Scottish people have played in the anti-Apartheid struggle. Your  contribution to liberate our country and our people have brought us to where we are today.

We further appreciate the continued support of the Scottish people and your initiatives to deepen the transformation within our country and we urge you to continue to make the world a better place for humanity through an organisation like Action for Southern Africa.

Ladies and gentlemen, I have been directed to speak on the Topic: “Culture and Economics” but with the permission of the programme director I want to cover the creative industry as a whole within the limited time I have.

Global crisis

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.


In recognition of the potential of the industry, BRICS countries have signed an agreement on culture which states the following amongst other things;

“… being aware of the importance of broadening and deepening the cooperation in the field of culture,

 “being convinced that cultural dialogue contributes to the progress of nations and better mutual understanding of cultures, facilitating rapprochement of peoples,

 “being firmly committed to the BRICS values in the spirit of openness, inclusiveness, equality, respect for cultural diversity, and mutual respect and learning,”

Economics of Culture

A report produced in 2015, conducted by CISAC — the International Confederation of Societies of Authors and Composers, highlighted amongst others the following:

  •  The Creative and cultural industries (CCI) generated an amount of two trillion, two hundred and fifty Billion US Dollars (US$2,250) thus creating more than 29.5 million jobs. The CCI employ 1% of the world’s active population.
  • Creative activities contribute significantly to youth employment and careers in CCI are relatively open to people of all ages and backgrounds. In Europe, CCI sectors typically employed more people aged between 15–29 years than any other sector.
  • Creative industries also tend to favour the participation of women when compared with more traditional industries. Statistics compiled by the UK Government showed that women accounted for more than 50% of people employed in the music industry in 2014 (vs. 47% in the active population overall).
  • Moreover, creation is driven by small businesses or individuals, giving rise to agile and innovative employers. More than half (53%) of Canadian gaming developers say they are independent operators.
  • In the US, artists are 3.5 times more likely to be self-employed than US workers overall.
  • World-class cultural infrastructure is a catalyst for urban development: building a museum often offers opportunities to engage in large urban development projects and to develop a new “city brand” around cultural and creative precincts. Such flagship projects boost a city’s attractiveness for tourists, talent and highly skilled workers. Bilbao, in Spain’s Basque Country, is now an icon of culture-led urban regeneration: construction of the Guggenheim Museum led to the creation of more than 1,000 full-time jobs, and tourist visits have since multiplied eight-fold.
  • Equally important, CCI make cities more liveable, providing the hubs and many of the activities around which citizens develop friendships, build a local identity and find fulfilment.
  • Informal CCI sales in emerging countries were estimated to total an amount of US$33billion in 2013 and provided 1.2 million jobs. Performing arts are the biggest employers in the informal economy, providing unofficial music and theatre performances (street performances, festivals and concerts that do not pay authors’ rights, private performances at marriages and funerals, etc.), which are often free for audiences. In Africa, these performances are sometimes funded by individual sponsors.

Our point of departure

Since the democratic breakthrough of 1994, our government has moved from the point that the creative industries have a powerful role to play in Nation building and that it can greatly contribute to our national economy.

Flowing from this understanding, amongst other things we developed a programme called the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE). This Programme is focused on strategic investment in all sectors of the industry with the aim of building markets, developing audiences and supporting human capital development.

The basket of interventions that comprise the MGE programme range from the establishment of an Art Bank to catalyse growth in the contemporary visual arts market; to the creation of a Cultural Observatory which will collect and disseminate information; to a series of investment mechanisms in market development platforms locally and internationally.

The investment by government, and the firm policy stance recognising the economic contribution of the creative industries, has been given added impetus by a recent mapping study conducted by the Department of Arts and Culture.

Conducted in 2013, the study found that the creative economy made a significant contribution to that of the country representing 2,9% of Gross Domestic Product and that it created over 560,000 jobs.

Further, given the importance of transforming the nature and profile of the South Africa economy, and improving access for previously disadvantaged South Africans, over 50% of enterprises were black-owned and significantly, over 30% were owned by young people.

From an economic perspective arts and culture are incredibly important for the developing world. They are an untapped and constantly renewable resource that can initiate immense growth, unleash skills and creativity and compete globally as they are expressed in unique and innovative ways. For governments there can be no question as to whether arts and culture should be supported, it is however always a question of how much support it will need to thrive.

The Value of Cultural Diplomacy

The value of culture and the arts cannot be underestimated, as we struggle to maintain our individual and collective identities and build our respective nations.

Often called “soft diplomacy” learning about each other’s world view, belief systems and way of life is a critical part of creating a better world for all.

Central to cultural diplomacy is the notion of people to people relations with partner countries jointly engaging each other and deepening their understanding of each other.

Today the world faces unprecedented challenges, high and continuously rising levels of youth unemployment and disenfranchisement, a deep economic recession, growing evidence of the impact of climate change and a wave of migration into and across Europe not seen since World War II as people flee terrible conflict in their countries.

Now more than ever we must invest in and support the creative industry as a way for people to retain a sense of self, as a way to build prosperous and innovative nations and most of all, as a means to be themselves, express their views, identities  and feelings in constructive ways.

Thank you.


Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi to unveil a memorial of unsung heroine Mrs Magrieta Jantjies as part of Women’s Month celebrations


This year marks 60 years since the historic 1956 women’s march, when our heroines marched against pass laws. The Department of Arts and Culture would like to honour the unsung heroines who made sacrifices during the liberation struggle and also those who did outstanding work for the benefit of their communities in the areas of arts, culture and heritage.

Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi will unveil a memorial for one of the unsung heroines Mrs Magrieta Jantjies. Ouma Griet, as she was known, is being honoured for her role in promoting the N!uu Language and she’s one of the last to speak the language fluently.

The Department of Arts and Culture tasked and funded its agency, the South African Heritage Resource Agency (SAHRA), to erect a memorial in honour of the late Mrs Magrietta Jantjies. Jantjies grave was identified as a grave of cultural significance in terms of the National Heritage Resources Act no 25 of 1999 (NHRA) section 36 (2) which states that “SAHRA must identify and record graves of victims of conflict and any other graves which it deems to be of cultural significance and may erect memorials associated with the grave…” This was prompted by the role played by Magrieta Jantjies in opposing displacement of the N!uu language imposed by the apartheid government.

On that evening, Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi will also host a gala dinner to launch the first publication of its kind, Women of Power:The Unsung Human Treasures.

This publication of Women of Power is the celebration of 18 women who are our living human treasures but remain in the margins of society. The Department of Arts and Culture has undertaken this initiative to recognise and celebrate women who play a pivotal role in the development of our communities. These women make enormous contribution to their communities in very unique ways through arts, culture and heritage, yet they remain unsung heroines in the broader society. Many of them are resident in rural areas and their exploits do not capture newspaper headlines or attract the attention of popular media on a national scale.

On 30 August 2016, Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi will proceed to Paballo high School to do flag hoisting as part of the Department of Arts and Culture’s flag in every school programme aimed at educating learners and citizens about nation building and social cohesion. The programme includes the promotion of the National Anthem; and the recitation of the Preamble of the Constitution and installation of the National Flag in schools amongst others.

Members of the Media are invited as follows:

  1. The symbolic unveiling of the memorial

Date    : Monday, 29 August 2016

Time   : 07h30 – 09h00

Venue : Rosedale Cemetry, Upington, Northern Cape Province.

  1. Launch of the publication: Women of Power

 Date    : Monday, 29 August 2016

Time   : 18:00 – 20:00

Venue : Piet Thole Community Hall, Upington, Northern Cape Province.

  1. Flag hoisting

Date    : Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Time   : 07h30 – 08h30

Venue : Paballelo High School, Upington, Northern Cape Province.

Media RSVPs: Obed Makgoale: ObedM@dac.gov.za / 012 441 3713 / 079 311 8546

Media enquiries: Peter Mbelengwa – Spokesperson for the Deputy Minister – Cell: 082 611 8197 / Email: petermb@dac.gov.za

Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture

Unveiling a memorial of unsung heroines Mrs Magrieta Jantjies postponed

Members of the media are hereby informed of the postponement for the unveiling of the memorial of unsung heroine Mrs Magrieta Jantjies. The event will now take place on Monday, 29 August 2016, at Rosedale Cemetry, Upington in the Northern Cape Province.

The Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi, will unveil this memorial in honour of Mrs Magrieta Jantjies, for her role in promoting the N!uu Language.

On that evening, Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi will also host a gala dinner to launch the first publication of its kind, Women of Power:The Unsung Human Treasures

Official Media Invitation will follow in due course.

Media enquiries: Peter Mbelengwa – Spokesperson for the Deputy Minister – Cell: 082 611 8197 / Email: petermb@dac.gov.za

19th Annual BASA Award Finalists Announced


A total of 44 finalists are in the running for South Africa’s preeminent awards celebrating business and arts partnerships.

The 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard & Business Day, reveal a diverse array of partnerships, with strong contention in all eleven categories that were open for entry in this year’s awards.

“The diversity and range of the finalists proves that the shared value of arts-business partnerships plays a significant role in bringing arts to many different communities around the country” comments Michelle Constant, CEO of Business and Arts South Africa.

Heidi Brauer, Chief Marketing Officer at Hollard concurs. “It’s wonderful to see that all facets of the arts have been recognised in this year’s finalists. We love being a part of something that contributes so much towards making all of South Africa’s creative industries sustainable and that demonstrates the immense power of partnership.”

“Once again, it was an intense and difficult task to choose the finalists,” adds Gianni Mariano, chairperson of the BASA Awards judging panel. “It is always heartening to see partnerships that have sustained themselves over years and earned nominations again this year. It is also very gratifying to see the number of new partnerships that have emerged as finalists, especially those in the first-time sponsorship category.”

Particularly noteworthy this year are the finalists in the Beyond Borders Partnership Award, which recognises global-level partnerships that build brand reputation and audience for both the business and arts organisations across international borders through an event or marketing project showcasing South Africa to Africa and the rest of the world, and/or bringing international arts projects to South Africa. In this category, SAMRO & the Royal Norwegian Embassy’s partnership with Concerts SA is in the running, along with ABSA’s partnership with the Barclays L’Atelier, Lanxess (Pty) Ltd’s partnership with Music is a Great Investment (MIAGI) and Spier Wine Farm’s Spier dancing in other words Poetry Festival.

The Cultural Tourism Award, proudly supported by Nedbank, took the place of the Art and Environment category as a way of recognising business support of arts and culture projects which contribute towards the sustainability of this increasingly important sector. Of the four finalists, three are festivals – Standard Bank of South Africa Limited for the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz, Transnet SOC Ltd for the National Arts Festival and Die Burger for Suidoosterfees – underscoring the growing importance of arts festivals in drawing tourists, both domestic and international, to different parts of the country.

The fourth finalist in the category is Kirchhoff Professional Surveyors for its partnership with Eland and Benko 2015 (#firegrazer) by Hannelie Coetzee, a context specific artwork and science experiment launched as part of the Nirox Winter Sculpture Fair 2015.

There are a number of businesses whose partnerships have received multiple nominations. One of these is Nando’s Chickenland (Pty) Ltd, which has received a nomination in the Innovation Award category for Nando’s Heartfelt Celebration  of South African Design as well as two nominations – Increasing Access to the Arts Award and Strategic Project Award – for the Broken Monsters Charity Art Show brought to you by Nando’s.

Winners of the 19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard & Business Day, will be announced at an event in September that draws inspiration from the theme of “Creative Furnace”.

“Creative energy, manifesting through the arts, is empowering and provides expression where other channels may not be accessible or exist,” explains Lakin Morgan-Baatjies, BASA’s Marketing Manager. “This is especially important at a time of volatility but also heightened awareness such as we’re experiencing in this beautiful country of ours at the moment.”

This year’s BASA Award judges include; Gianni Mariano, co-founder and CEO of the Mastrantonio group of companies, BASA board member and BASA Awards Chairman; Dali Tambo, media and heritage-tourism entrepreneur; Mandie van der Spuy, arts consultant and BASA board member; Kojo Baffoe, founder of Project Fable, Director at Kwaya Holdings and entrepreneur; Nicolette du Plessis, CEO of the Field Band Foundation; Theresho Selesho, Director, Business Development at Boondoggle SA and entrepreneur; Christina Kennedy, arts and culture journalist and commentator; and Fikile Moeti, 5fm DJ and social entrepreneur.

19th Annual BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard & Business Day, Finalists

Innovation Award 
•    Coca-Cola Southern Africa – Celebrating 100 Years of the Coke Contour Bottle
•    PPC Ltd – PPC Imaginarium
•    Spier Wine Farm – Spier Arts Wine Range
•    Nando’s Chickenland (Pty) Ltd – Nando’s Heartfelt Celebration of South African Design

First Time Sponsor Award

•    Gordon Institute of Business Science – South African Fine Art Print Fair – FAP
•    Gooderson Kloppenheim Country Estate Hotel – The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative Mpumalanga Arts Project (MAP) and Official Opening of Ebhudlweni Art Centre
•    Keystone Apparel – Timberland – Kingsmead Book Fair
•    SA Taxi Foundation – SA Taxi Foundation Art Award

Increasing Access to the Arts Award

•    SAMRO & Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Concerts SA
•    ABSA – Barclays L’Atelier
•    Nando’s Chickenland (Pty) Ltd – Broken Monsters Charity Art Show brought to you by Nando’s
•    The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited – Standard Bank Joy of Jazz

Beyond Borders Partnership Award

•    Lanxess (Pty) Ltd – Music is a Great Investment (MIAGI) ‘Deepening Non-Racialism Concert’ with opening words by Ahmed Kathrada
•    SAMRO & Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs – Concerts SA
•    Spier Wine Farm – Spier dancing in other words Poetry Festival
•    ABSA – Barclays L’Atelier

Long Term Partnership Award

•    Sasol Ltd – Sasol New Signatures Art Competition
•    Nedbank Arts Affinity – The ACT Professional Development Programme
•    TOTAL South Africa (Pty) Ltd – The Buskaid Academy of String Teaching and Performance
•    Transnet SOC Ltd – National Arts Festival

Media Sponsorship Award

•    DeskLink Media / Creative Feel – Greg Maqoma and Friends
•    Radio Sonder Grense (RSG) – RSG Kunstefees 2015
•    Die Burger – Suidoosterfees
•    DeskLink Media / Creative Feel – Gauteng Opera Productions
Strategic Project Award

•    Nando’s Chickenland (Pty) Ltd – Broken Monsters Charity Art Show brought to you by Nando’s
•    PPC Ltd – PPC Imaginarium
•    Interactive Africa & Nedbank – Sophiatown Remembrance Screen
•    Strauss & Co Fine Art Auctioneers – Artist Proof Studio Education Endowment Auction

Small Business Award 

•    Mathews and Associates Architects – Cool Capital Documentation Project
•    Kirchhoff Professional Surveyors – Eland and Benko 2015 (#firegrazer) by Hannelie Coetzee
•    Pam Golding Properties Knysna & Plettenberg Bay – The Knysna Literary Festival

Sponsorship In Kind Award

•    Pattern Matched Technologies – Capacity Building for Change: an ongoing intervention for Artist Proof Studio
•    Meropa Communications – Moving into Dance Mophatong
•    ABSA – Artist Proof Studio’s Education Endowment Auction and Hot off the Press Exhibition
•    Gooderson Kloppenheim Country Estate Hotel – The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative Mpumalanga Arts Project (MAP) and Official Opening of Ebhudlweni Art Centre

Development Award

•    TOTAL South Africa (Pty) Ltd – The Buskaid Trust
•    Distell (Pty) Ltd – The Magnet Theatre Educational Trust Fulltime Training and Job Creation Programme
•    Deutsche Bank South Africa Foundation – Little Artists School Project
•    Rand Merchant Bank – Boitumelo (Outreach Foundation)

Cultural Tourism Award, supported by Nedbank 

•    The Standard Bank of South Africa Limited – Standard Bank Joy of Jazz
•    Kirchhoff Professional Surveyors – Eland and Benko 2015 (#firegrazer) by Hannelie Coetzee
•    Transnet SOC Ltd – National Arts Festival
•    Die Burger – Suidoosterfees

For more information regarding the BASA Awards, please contact Lakin Morgan-Baatjies on lakin@basa.co.za or 011 447-2295

National Student Financial Aid Scheme: Application for Funding

The National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) Student Centered Model is Live as from 01 August 2016.

This means that:

  • All new applications (matriculants) must be submitted directly to NSFAS online (nsfas.org.za)
  • Students who have never received NSFAS funding must apply online
  • All students who were previously funded by NSFAS and are not funded in 2016 must apply online
  • All students who have signed their Loan Agreement Forms (LAF) or Schedule of Particulars (SOP) for 2016 and are currently receiving NSFAS funding DO NOT HAVE TO REAPPLY. Funding will be granted provided the funded student meets the NSFAS academic requirements
  • All funded NSFAS students are requested to update their information online. Please log onto nsfas.org.za and create the MyNSFAS account to verify your details.

Attached are some of the new communication collaterals for your convenience:

New NSFAS Application Form (pdf & word format) for 2017 (only for manual applications).

  1. New Website links to  https://my.nsfas.org.zafor first-time applicants and NSFAS funded returning students (to update their details). Please make use of the link to upload on your NSFAS website page.
  2. New NSFAS Application process
  3. New NSFAS master-Logo (that replaces the old blue NSFAS logo).

2017 new NSFAS Application Form

2016 07 28 External Communication from NSFAS Office of the Executive Officer. (2) (2)Final


Please feel free to contact DHET for further assistance in this regard.


Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi to unveil a memorial of unsung heroines Mrs Magrieta Jantjies as part of Women’s Month celebrations

DMThis year marks 60 years since the historic 1956 women’s march, when our heroines marched against pass laws. The Department of Arts and Culture would like to honour the unsung heroines who made sacrifices during the liberation struggle and also those who did outstanding work for the benefit of their communities in the areas of arts, culture and heritage. Continue reading

Minister Mthethwa congratulates the creators and cast of the film, Vaya, on its selection for screening at the Toronto International Film Festival

Mthethwa on SABCArts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa congratulates the makers of the film,Vaya, on its selection as the South African fim to be screened at the Toronto Film Festival.

“I am pleased that the feature film, Vaya, has been recognised. It is important that we continue to fly the South African flag at international film festivals and boldly tell the South African story with all its truths and ultimately its triumphs,” said Minister Mthethwa.

“This production is fully rooted in South African reality but also addresses notions of home and homelessness in a world that has come to be defined by movements and migrations. The film has as its backdrop and its stage the vast urban metropolis of Johannesburg and Soweto, and through this vantage point chooses to address important issues in the wider world.”

We congratulate the director, the producers and the cast of the film on their scheduled screening at the 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival and wish the Vaya team well as they take this feature to other parts of the world. We also look forward to viewing the film in South African cinemas soon,” said Minister Mthethwa.

Vaya is directed by Akin Omotoso and produced by Robbie Thorpe, Rethabile Mothobi and Harriet Perlman and will premiere in Toronto.

Tender Results: Bid no: DAC 02/16-17: Appointment of a service provider to curate and manage South Africa’s participation in the 57th International Art Exhibition in Venice from 13 May 2017 to 26 November 2017

On 16 July 2016, DAC advertised the above mentioned tender.  The bidders received are as follows:

1 Southern Guild Collectable Design Gallery
2 Connect Channel
3 The Coloured Cube
4 Koketso Growth Pty Ltd
5 Ncekeni Trading Enterprise

For more info. Contact Mr. Tuelo Tubisi (012) 441 3504

Arts and Culture Supports the Musical; Divas of Kofifi, a Tribute to Legendary Ladies of Song

DivasThrough the Mzansi Golden Economy strategy, the Department of Arts and Culture has provided support for the stage production of ‘’Divas of Kofifi’’- a tribute to the three singing icons of South Africa. The musical will be staged at the John Kani theatre at the Market Theatre on Thursday, 11 August 2016.

The production pays tribute to Thandie Klaasen, Dorothy Masuka and Abigail Kubeka who are among the most revered singing icons in South Africa. Following the 60th Anniversary commemoration of the Women’s March in 1956, the artistic achievements of women especially those who are living legends are being particular highlighted.

Phambili Siyaya Arts developed the production as a documentary of music that reflects on that particular era and was directed by the award winning Princess Mhlongo.

Divas of Kofifi explores the lives of the three legends through a storyline that focuses on Zawazi Jacky Mbatha and Mlindelwa “BabStix” Nkosi.  Zawazi is the owner of a Jazz restaurant called Jacky’s Oasis which was once owned by her deceased parents.  She stumbles on an incomplete manuscript developed by her father, about the three divas and decides to complete the work started by her father.

The production explores notions of cultural heritage and memory and celebrates the contribution of these glorious women. Re-enactments of moments in their past are interwoven with footage from present-day interviews.

Members of the media are invited to attend as follows:

 Date    : 11 – 13 August 2016

Time   : 18:00 till 23:30

Venue: The Market Theatre, Joburg

RSVP  : Baile Maunye, 071 047 6770, bailem@dac.gov.za

Enquiries: Lisa Combrinck, Spokesperson, LisaCo@dac.gov.za/ 082 821 4886

Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture

Residency programme: Media Arts in Japan

The Agency for Cultural Affairs, Government of Japan invites media arts creators aged 20 to 35 years to apply for a residency program in Japan. Young media artists will travel to Tokyo and create new works while directly interacting with Japanese creators.

The program will take place either from 1st December 2016 to 10th March 2017 or 20th January 2017 to 10th January 2017 and will feature training, events, and visits to educational institutions.

Candidates must be able to speak either English or Japanese and have had one of their works selected at an international art festival, film festival, game show, comic festival or similar event.

Selected participants will receive travel expenses, lodging, office space and a living allowance.

The closing date for applications is 19 August 2016.

Interested artists must fill in the application form online https://member.cgarts.or.jp/cgarts/ais/user/Answer?qid=4558198

Attached below is the consent form and application guide:

Residency Program for Overseas Media Arts Creators 2016 Application Guideconsent_form_2016

For more information please contact Ms Kentse Moleli on 012 441 3122, Kentsem@dac.gov.za