Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi to launch the National Archives Awareness Week in Mpumalanga

05 May 2016

Deputy of Art and Culture-Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi_blogArts and Culture Deputy Minister, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi through the National Archives and Records Service of South Africa invites members of the media to the launch of the 2016 National Archives Awareness Week under the theme: “Archives for the protection of human rights, transparency and good governance”. The launch will take place on Monday, 09 May 2016 at the Provincial Archives Building in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.

The Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi will be joined by the Mpumalanga Provincial Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation, MEC, Ms Norah Mahlangu-Mabena.

Declared by the International Council on Archives (ICA), National Archives Awareness Week amongst others seeks to promote the importance of good record keeping practices, engage communities around the importance of archives in the preservation of societal memory and to popularise the profession.

The 2016 Archives Awareness Week forms part of the 2nd annual Africa Month celebrations under the theme, “Building a Better Africa and a Better World”. The month of May has been dedicated as Africa Month to celebrate the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963, which is now called African Union (AU).

As part of Africa Month celebrations, the Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi will visit Kamagugu Inclusive School in Nelspruit at 07:30 to instil and entrench our African identity prior to the launch. The visit to the school will include hoisting of the national flag, promotion of the correct etiquette of singing the National Anthem and African Union Anthem as well as the promotion of constitutional values through recitation of the Preamble of the Constitution in different languages.

Members of the Media are invited to attend the Launch as follows:

Date    : 09 May 2016

Venue : Provincial Archives Building in Mbombela, Mpumalanga.

Time   : 09:00 am

RSVP: Obed Makgoale: 079 311 8546:

Media enquiries: Peter Mbelengwa – Spokesperson for the Deputy Minister – Cell: 082 611 8197 / Email:


Issued by the Department of Arts & Culture


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