Arts & Culture launches National Archives Week as part of Africa Month Celebrations in Limpopo

WeAreAfrica_BlogThe Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi and the MEC of Sport, Arts and Culture, Ms Nandi Ndalane will launch the Annual National Archives Week programme as part of Africa Month Celebrations on Monday, 11 May 2015 in Polokwane, Limpopo. The programme will take place from 11 to 15 May 2015 across the province.

The year’s programme will be hosted under the theme “Archives our Living Past” to highlight Archives and Records Services as the memory bank of the nations where our past is preserved for present access for all.  As part of Africa Month Celebrations, 36 Archivist from 13 African countries such as Congo Brazzaville, Botswana, Namibia, Ghana, Senegal, Sudan, Burundi, Egypt, Algeria, Tanzania, Western Sahara and Mozambique are expected to participate in the archives week programme.

The archives week is intended to promote prominence to archival services and highlight career paths available within the profession. The campaign came after a decision was taken by International Council on Archives’ (ICA) conference that countries should popularize the profession and educate communities around the importance of archives in the preservation of societal memory.

Learners will get a chance to visit the provincial archives in Polokwane, Makwerela, Giyani and Lebowakgomo respectively. The daily programme will include presentations on archival functions, exhibition viewing and tours, panel discussions on records management and preservations. The public is encouraged to visit the archive buildings to witness archival functions and services.

The Department encourages all sectors of society to join the Africa Month celebrations. The full programme for the month is available on www.dac.gov.za

The event is scheduled to take place as follows:

Date:           11 May 2015

Time :           09:00

Venue:         Limpopo Archives Building, 1337 Potgieter Avenue, Polokwane Municipality, Capricorn District (Next to the Traffic Department)

Media RSVPs : Teresa Magidela: 072 222 3169, TeresaM@dac.gov.za

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

Malesela Ramaoka on 076 589 5203/ (015) 284- 4005 ramaokam@sac.limpopo.gov.za

Jermina Kaka – 082 560 7197/ (015) 284-4321, kakaj@sac.limpopo.gov.za

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