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 / or Muponisi Nkuna at 083 471 0061 /

For Media enquiries, please contact Zimasa Velaphi at 072 172 8925 /; or Jolene Shirley at 083 465 2476 / and Minister’s spokesperson: Asanda Magaqa at 072 327 6807

Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture


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