Minister Mthethwa to officially open the 3rd BRICS Film Festival at Playhouse, Durban

Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa will on Sunday, 22 June 2018 officially open the 3rd BRICS Film Festival at Playhouse Company in Durban, KwaZulu Natal as part of the 10th international BRICS Summit.

Hosted through the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, BRICS film festival is aimed at celebrating world-class film productions from the BRICS countries, with the objective of inspiring more collaborations from these nations.

The opening night of the festival will honour Nelson Mandela through the screening of five, 5-minute short films produced by the respective countries under the facilitation of a South African production company, Via- Vollenhoven and Appollis Independent.  The theme for the short films is, “Mandela”. The film from each country reflects the uniqueness of the country, as well as how each member country relates to Nelson Mandela and the impact he had through leadership, politics, humanity, culture, and unity.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date                : Sunday, 22 JULY 2018

Time               : 18h00

Venue            : Playhouse Company, 231 Anton Lembede Street, Durban in KwaZulu Natal

Media RSVPS: Madimetja Moleba at Cell: 066 301 4675 / madimetjam@dac.gov.za or Xolelwa Nomgca at 082 568 6026 / xolelwan@nfvf.co.za

Enquiries: Zimasa Velaphi at 072 172 8925 or Minister’s spokesperson: Asanda Magaqa at 072 327 6807

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The 3rd BRICS Film Festival is set to kick off this July in Durban

19 July 2018

As the year 2018 completes the first decade of the BRICS Summit, South Africa will in the month of July host the 10th BRICS Summit and the 3rd BRICS Film Festival. As a member of BRICS, the South African Government through the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) will take over the responsibilities of hosting the 3rd BRICS Film Festival from 22 – 27 July at Playhouse in Durban, KwaZulu Natal. The festival will take place during the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF). Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa is expected to officially open the Festival.

Hosted through the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, BRICS film festival is aimed at celebrating world-class film productions from the BRICS countries, with the objective of inspiring more collaborations from these nations. The format of the festival consists of screening two feature films from each country in the competition category and three feature films in the non-competition category. A total of twenty five films will be screened during the duration of the festival. The films in competition will compete for the Golden Rhino award, inspired by the history behind the golden rhino that was discovered in Mapungubwe, the significance of the place, and the linkages with other countries in earlier centuries.

The 3rd BRICS Film Festival will recognise the following categories: Best Film, Best Producer/s, Best Director, Best Scriptwriter/Screenplay writer, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best supporting Actor, Best supporting Actress, Best Editor, Best Cinematography/Director of Photography (DOP), Best Composer/Music, as well as a special Jury award.

“The Department of Arts and Culture is resolute in working towards the elevation of the Cultural Industries and we see the audio-visual sector as an important platform from which to continue the efforts of looking forward to harnessing the knowledge and experiences generated by this festival”, stated Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

The Playhouse will play host to all the BRICS Film Festival activities, with the opening night on the evening of the 22nd of July 2018 and closing night on the 27th of July 2018. The opening night films will honour Nelson Mandela’s centenary.  The films will be five, 5-minute short films produced by the respective countries under the facilitation of a South African production company, Via- Vollenhoven and Appollis Independent.  The theme for the short films is, “Mandela”, and the film from each country reflects the uniqueness of the country, as well as how each member country relates to Nelson Mandela and the impact he had through leadership, politics, humanity, culture, and unity.

For media enquiries, please contact Madimetja Moleba at Cell: 066 301 4675 / madimetjam@dac.gov.za or Xolelwa Nomgca at 082 568 6026 / xolelwan@nfvf.co.za

For other enquiries: Zimasa Velaphi at 072 172 8925 / ZimasaV@dac.gov.za; or Minister’s spokesperson: Asanda Magaqa at 072 327 6807

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Minister Nathi Mthethwa to donate 67 Wheelchairs in uMthwalume, Durban

Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa will on Wednesday, 18 July 2018 dedicate his  67 minutes to uMthwalume High School, Durban as part  of Nelson Mandela Day Celebrations.

During his visit, Minister Mthethwa will  donate 67 Wheelchairs to underprivileged and unrecognised living legends to promote nation building and social cohesion. Later, the Minister will hold a lecture with the grade 11 and 12 learners on Mandela’s contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world

Members of the Media are invited as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 18 July 2018
Venue: uMthwalume High School, Durban in KwaZulu-Natal.
Time: 10h00 am

RSVP and media enquiries : James Mathibeng – 066 301 4670 or 078 802 8851 / JamesMa@dac.gov.za

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Awarded Tender: The appointment of a service provider to provide a (sculptor) for the production and installation of the indoor Nelson Mandela statue in New York, United States of America (USA)

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The 3rd BRICS Film Festival is set to kick off this July (22 – 27 July 2018) in Durban

South Africa has assumed the BRICS rotational chairpersonship for 2018, succeeding the People’s Republic of China. The year 2018 completes the first decade of BRICS Summit. South Africa will host the 10th BRICS Summit and the 3rd BRICS Film Festival. As a member of BRICS, South Africa through the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) will take over the responsibilities of hosting the 3rd BRICS Film Festival. The DAC has requested the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) in its capacity as the national film funding body to implement the festival.

The film festival is aimed at celebrating world-class film productions from the BRICS nations with the objective of inspiring more collaborations from these nations. The format of the festival consists of screening two feature films from each country in the competition category and three feature films in the non-competition category. A total of twenty five films will be screened during the duration of the festival. The films in competition will compete for the Golden Rhino award, inspired by the history behind the golden rhino that was discovered in Mapungubwe, the significance of the place, and the linkages with other countries in earlier centuries.

The 3rd BRICS Film Festival will recognise the following categories:

  • Best Film
  • Best Producer/s
  • Best Director
  • Best Scriptwriter/Screenplay writer
  • Best Actor,
  • Best Actress,
  • Best Supporting Actor,
  • Best Supporting Actress,
  • Best Editor,
  • Best Cinematography/Director of Photography (DOP)
  • Best Composer/Music,
  • As well as a special Jury award.

The Playhouse will play host to all the BRICS Film Festival activities, with the opening night on the evening of the 22nd of July 2018 and closing night on the 27th of July 2018. The opening night films will honour Nelson Mandela’s centenary.  The films will be five, 5-minute short films produced by the respective countries under the facilitation of a South African production company, Via- Vollenhoven and Appollis Independent.  The theme for the films is, “Mandela” and the film from each country reflects the uniqueness of the country, as well as how each member country relates to Nelson Mandela and the impact he had through leadership, politics, humanity, culture, and unity.

The rest of the programme will occur concurrently to the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).  And will consist of a South Africa Forum day during the Durban FilmMart on the 23rd  of July 2018 in collaboration with the Independent Black Filmmakers Collective (IBFC) and the official country days taking place between the 24th and the 27th of July 2018 including a program of excursion around Durban for the delegation.

The Department of Arts and Culture is resolute in working towards the elevation of Cultural Industries and we see the audio-visual sector as an important platform from which to continue these efforts. We forward to harnessing the learning and experiences generated by this festival that drives the industry. We look forward to harnessing the learning and experiences generated by this film festival.

Minister Mthethwa to host African Ministers to deliberate on the resolutions of the Summit

The Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa will host a delegation of African Ministers of Arts and Culture for the 2nd Ministerial Roundtable discussions on African public libraries and  Information Access.

The Roundtable of African Ministers will take place from 5-6 July 2018 at the International Convention Centre (ICC), Durban in KwaZulu Natal as a culmination of the 3rd African Public Libraries Summit currently underway. The African Union (AU) Head of Culture Division, Ms Angela Martins, will deliver keynote address. 

Amongst other objectives, the Ministerial Roundtable will provide a strategic leadership and guidance on how governments can integrate libraries in their national development plans; and to safeguard allocation of resources in order to ensure that development goals are achieved.

During the discussions, the African Ministers will report on information access with regard to the African Union Agenda 2063 and the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance. The delegates are also expected to deliberate on the resolutions of the summit, as well as on the progress made since the Cape Town Declarations of August 2015.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date: 05 – 06 July 2018

Venue: International Convention Centre (ICC), Durban in KwaZulu Natal 

Media RSVP: Madimetja Moleba at Cell: 066 301 4675 / madimetjam@dac.gov.za or Muponisi Nkuna at 083 471 0061 / muponisi.nkuna@nlsa.ac.za

For Media enquiries, please contact Zimasa Velaphi at 072 172 8925 / ZimasaV@dac.gov.za; or Jolene Shirley at 083 465 2476 / jolene.shirley@nlsa.ac.za and Minister’s spokesperson: Asanda Magaqa at 072 327 6807

Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture

Address by Minister Nathi Mthethwa at the 42nd Session of the World Heritage Committee Manama, Bahrain, 24 June – 4 July 2018

MINISTERIAL MEETING ON “WORLD HERITAGE ISSUES IN AFRICA”

Date: Thursday 28 June 2018

Hosted by:

Honorable Mr Nkosinathi Emmanuel Mthethwa Minister of Arts and Culture of Republic of South Africa

  • Honorable Prof Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, Minister of Arts and Culture of Cameroon
  • Honorable Dr Jules Doret Ndongo, Minister Forestry and Wildlife of Cameroon
  • Honorable Dr Thato Raphaka, Permanet Secretary of Botswana
  • Major General Gaudence Milanzi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania
  • Dr Joseph Kizito, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Environment (United Republic of Tanzania)
  • Dr Aly Khalil, Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Housing of Zanzibar in the United Republic of Tanzania
  • Your Excellency Ms Rudo Chitiga, Ambassador of Zimbabwe to France and Permanent Delegate at UNESCO, Vice President of the World Heritage Committee on behalf of the Africa Region
  • Your Excellences the Ambassadors
  • Dr Webber Ndoro, Director General of ICCROM
  • Distinguished members of the AWHF’s Board of Trustees
  • Distinguished guests
  • Ladies and gentlemen

Let me first express my gratitude to you for having taken your time to attend this meeting which is the first of its nature. This is indeed the first time the African Ministers are meeting to discuss among themselves issues of common interest during the World Heritage Committee Session. As you know, the South African Government is fully committed to develop interactions with various partners, priority being given to the African Governments in championing heritage-related issues. Our engagement is also visible through the hosting in South Africa of the African World Heritage Fund which has been quite instrumental in championing a number of strategic issues of our continent.

Honorable Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen, before I discharge my responsibilities for the day I want to bring the following to your attention.

The 42nd Session of the World Heritage Committee coincides with the year in which we also celebrate the Centenary of the birth of President Nelson Mandela and Mama Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu. It is also the 40th anniversary of the passing on of that African Patriot Professor Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe

These giants of Africa lived because they had surrendered their very beings to the liberation of our people. Their lives and legacies, their very beings embodied love, an idea, dreams of a free and just society, a hope, an aspiration, a vision of our collective destination as Africans.

They were internationalist, revolutionaries and ardent lovers of their people and the very soil and soul of their continent and their Africanness.

Honorable Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s common knowledge that our African heritage is extremely rich and diverse. Africa is the “Cradle of Humankind”, it is also the only place in the world where one has the privilege to observe the “Big 5” in their natural environment. Unfortunately, with less than 9% of the sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, Africa has not reached her potential in terms of the inscription of heritage properties on the World Heritage List. The current configuration and representation on the world heritage list in percentages is as follows:

Africa: 8.67%

Arab States: 7.64%

Asia and the Pacific: 23.58%

Europe and North America: 47.16%

Latin America and the Caribbean: 12.95% 

This is a pointer to increase the tempo of nominations of our sites on the world heritage list. This calls for the investment of both human and financial capital to World Heritage initiatives. As a continent, we are also faced with increasing challenges concerning the conservation and management of our heritage sites in a rapid changing and developing environment which is characterized by a series of socio-economic projects. That’s one aspect to champion if we want to effectively improve the use of our heritage as resource to reduce poverty and stimulate sustainability.

Honorable Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen,

This meeting aims at providing a platform for discussion on few heritage-related issues on our continent. As Minister hosting the African World Heritage Fund, I thought that it was right to also use the World Heritage Meeting platforms to further engage with African leaders in a constructive way.

Our region has shown signs of increasing maturity over the time. In particular, the fact that our experts meet every year ahead of the World Heritage Committee Meeting to prepare issues to be discussed is a good sign. The daily meeting is another sign of maturity for improved coordination. Through your Excellency, Amb. Chitiga, I would like to thank the World Heritage Committee Members for their commitment and support.

Finally, I wish this meeting to be as opened and interactive as possible. This meeting will focus on a number of topics amongst others the following:

  1. The heritage sites associated with memories of recent conflicts (independence and liberation heritages, genocide sites, iconic places during the 2nd World War, slave routes etc.) to be nominated as World Heritage.
  2. Issues about World Heritage and Sustainable Development in Africa.
  3. The support to the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF).

I thank you for your attention. 

For further information and interview requests, please contact:

Asanda Magaqa, Spokesperson for the Minister of Arts and Culture – 072 372 6807

Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa Gazettes the renaming of Grahamstown to Makhanda

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Hon Nathi Mthethwa wishes to announce that on Friday 29 June 2018 the Government Gazette has published the changing of the name of the town of “Grahamstown” to “Makhanda”.

Name changes is an internationally accepted practice fully supported and endorsed by the United Nations that (i) countries have the sovereign right to standardize names and (ii) can decide what name to give for each feature in that country should be or how it should be spelt. In this instance, there has a been a call for almost 20 years to change the name of the town, and those who have pushed for this name to be changed have been informed chiefly by what Colonel Graham epitomises, and the painfully bitter memories his name evokes.

In South Africa, it has been standard practice to change names which are not in line with the letter and spirit of the Constitution.

“It is the Truth & Reconciliation Commission that recommended that the renaming of geographic features be a form of “symbolic reparation” to address an unjust past. These reparations include changing the names of geophrical places. Surely, we cannot prove ourselves committed (as government) to fully achieve these reparations if we retain names such as ‘Grahamstown’- named after Colonel John Graham- whose name is captured in history as being the most brutal and most vicious of the British commanders on that frontier, whose campaigns were executed with- in his own words- “A proper degree of terror”? “At the time, British authorities praised Graham for “breaking the back of the natives”. The battles he waged were not only against soldiers, everyone- including women, children and the elderly would not be spared. Even post-battle, he and his soldiers would employ the “scorched earth policy” against those he had already brought violence and misery against, by burning their fields and killing their cattle; starving them into submission, before killing them.” This is the man that “Grahamstown” has been named after. – Minister Nathi Mthethwa

“Makhanda” who was also known as Nxele was a Xhosa warrior, philosopher, prophet and military man who fought against colonialism- in battles that include one where he led an attack against the British garrison at Grahamstown in 1819.

THE RENAMING PROCESS:

Process in terms of the legislation:

In terms of the Act:

1.1. the Minister signs off on the South African Geographical Names Council (SAGNC) name change recommendation

1.2.     after the SAGNC has met to consider it,

1.3.  after receiving applications from the Provincial Geographical Names Committees (PGNCs), which coordinate names from different municipalities.

  • The gazetting of renaming of “Grahamstown” to “Makhanda” has been preceded by 20 years of discussions, from members of the public, historians, academics and politicians.
  • As early as 2012 the Makana Local Municipality had public engagements on possible change of name Grahamstown when they were dealing with changing the names of the streets of the town.
  • It is only recently in 2015 that these discussions culminated in an official application form that went through the process to the SAGNC and the Minister of Arts and Culture.
  • The matter was then escalated to the Eastern Cape Provincial Geographical Names Committee who then with Makana Local Municipality undertook public participation with stakeholders.
  • The public participation with stakeholders at these two spheres of government resulted in the proposed names of Rhini, Makana, Makhanda and Nxele (not in order of preference or importance).

Minister Mthethwa would like to urge all South Africans to all be crystal clear about the meaning of name-change in the national effort to transform the country.

For further information and interview requests, please contact: Asanda Magaqa, Spokesperson for the Minister of Arts and Culture – 072 372 6807; Email: asandam@dac.gov.za

Issued by: Department of Arts and Culture

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