Arts and Culture launches online digitized audiovisual recordings, 17 Nov

The Department of Arts and Culture will launch the online digitized audiovisual recordings on the 17 November 2017 at the National Archives and Records Services of South Africa in Pretoria. The aim is to build a global awareness of the various issues at stake in preserving the audiovisual heritage and make these recordings accessible to the present and future generation.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa said during the hand over, “Armed with these digitized recordings of the Rivonia Trial, we shall be able to tell the full story of this trying period in our history with sound, words and silences to present and future generations in all its glory, its horror and ultimately its triumphs.”

The online launch of the digitized audiovisual recordings is a significant step towards preservation and promotion of our audiovisual heritage. In response to a proposal by the Czech Republic in October 2005, UNESCO’s General Conference approved the proclamation of 27 October as the annual World Day for Audiovisual Heritage. This year’s celebration took place under theme, “Discover, remember and share “.

Sound recordings and moving images in any form are vulnerable, and easily discarded or deliberately destroyed. Too much of the world’s 20th century audiovisual heritage is now lost, and much more is slipping beyond recovery because of neglect, natural decay and technological obsolescence. Unless public awareness of the importance of preservation is increased, this trend will continue.

Minister Mthethwa said during his budget vote speech this year; “Through the co-operation project between L’Institut National De L’Audiovisuel (INA) and the National Archives and Records Services of South Africa involving the digitisation of dictabelts and the training of South African Archivists on the digitisation and restoration of dictabelts, the resultant Rivonia Trial Recordings will be made available to all South African citizens and the world at large on 27 October 2017 when we celebrate UNESCO’s World Day for Audio-visual Heritage. The other digitisation projects to be implemented in 2017/18 financial year include the digitisation of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) audio-cassettes and Bloke Modisane papers.”

Audio-visual archives are a cornerstone of the memory of the world, with recordings that enable recall for future generations and give context to our shared history, culture and humanity for over a century. Promote a greater understanding of the unique role of audiovisual archives and the need for it to be safeguarded, preserved and protected as part of our world heritage.

Safeguarding audiovisual heritage is a complex process requiring a range of technical, political, human and financial solutions. Not taking action will result in the loss of entire chapters of our heritage in less than ten years, and lead to impoverishment of our identity. The collective memory of the different peoples of the world provides the foundation for sustainable development, the defense of basic rights and an understanding of the past. But that memory needs to remain accessible.

Enquiries: Zimasa Velaphi on 0721728925

 

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Collection of Media Accreditation for the 2017 Women’s Day Celebration

Members of the media who applied for accreditation to cover the 2017 National Women’s Day celebration taking place on 09 August 2017 at Galeshewe Stadium, Kimberley in the Northern Cape are advised to collect their accreditation cards.

 Details are as follows:-

  • Day 1: 08 August 2017 from 09h00- 17h00 at Mayibuye Multipurpose Centre in Galeshewe, Kimberley
  • Day 2: 09 August 2017 from 07h00- 10h00 at Mayibuye Multipurpose Centre in Galeshewe, Kimberley

NB: You are required to bring your ID Book and Press Card or letter from the editor when collecting accreditation and also at the event.

Media accreditation: Ireen Magwai on 0824405676 Ireen@gcis.gov.za or Mthuthuzeli Nqumba on 0744787681/MthuthuzeliN@dac.gov.za

Enquiries: Ms Zimasa Velaphi on 012 441 3010 /072 172 8925/zimasav@dac.gov.za

Issued by Government Communications (GCIS) on behalf of the Department of Arts and Culture

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Arts and Culture to inaugurate the Legal Deposit Committee

The Acting Director General for the Department of Arts and Culture, Mr Vusi Ndima, will on Thursday, 22 September 2016 meet with Legal Deposit Committee for its first inaugural meeting at National Library of South Africa in Pretoria, Gauteng.  The Minister of Arts and Culture appointed Legal Deposit Committee with effect from 01 July 2016 – 30 June 2019. Continue reading

Media accreditation cards for Heritage Day

Details are as follows:-

Venue: Mayibuye Multipurpose Centre, Hulana Street, Galeshewe, Kimberley

  • Day 1: 21 September 2016 from 12h00 to 18h00
  • Day 2: 22 September 2016 from 09h00 to 19h00
  • Day 3: 23 September 2016 from 09h00 to 19h00
  • Day 4: 24 September 2016 from 07h00 to 11h00

NB: You are required to bring your ID Book and Press Card or letter from the editor when collecting accreditation card.

Media accreditation enquiries: James Mathibeng, 078 802 8851/ Morapedi Sekhoane 078 944 0200

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Minister Nathi Mthethwa to deliver a keynote address at the 19th annual BASA Awards in Johannesburg

minister-mthetwa-at-moshitoArts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa will today, 19 September 2016 deliver a keynote address at the 19th annual BASA Awards to be held at Shine Studios, 115 Smit St & Henri Street, Johannesburg.

Hosted annually,  the Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) celebrates partnerships between business and the arts and is intended to highlight and acknowledge innovative and successful sponsorship of the arts by the business sector to ensure that the arts in South Africa continue to thrive. It is open to all companies sponsoring arts events, large and small. Each award category has equal value, and the award itself is an original commissioned artwork. Through its work, Business and Arts South Africa continues to secure the future development of the arts, by facilitating greater involvement of the private sector in the arts.

The Government through the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) strongly believe that the arts have an important contribution to make towards ongoing efforts to grow the economy, create jobs and fight poverty. It is for this reason that the department is engaging various government departments to ensure that the arts, culture and heritage sector is accorded the necessary recognition as a significant contributor to economic growth and job creation.

Members of the Media are invited to attend as follows:

Date                : Monday, 19 September 2016

Time               : 18:00

Venue            : Shine Studios, Johannesburg, 115 Smit St & Henri Street, Johannesburg, 2001

RSVP              : Mr James Mathibeng, 078 802 8851, Jamesma@dac,gov.za;

For more information, please contact: Ms Lisa Combrinck Spokesperson to the Minister: Cell: 082 821 4886

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Minister Nathi Mthethwa to deliver a keynote address at the 19th annual BASA Awards in Johannesburg

Mthethwa on SABCArts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa will today, 19 September 2016 deliver a keynote address at the 19th annual BASA Awards to be held at Shine Studios, 115 Smit St & Henri Street, Johannesburg.

Hosted annually,  the Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) celebrates partnerships between business and the arts and is intended to highlight and acknowledge innovative and successful sponsorship of the arts by the business sector to ensure that the arts in South Africa continue to thrive. It is open to all companies sponsoring arts events, large and small. Each award category has equal value, and the award itself is an original commissioned artwork. Through its work, Business and Arts South Africa continues to secure the future development of the arts, by facilitating greater involvement of the private sector in the arts.

The Government through the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) strongly believe that the arts have an important contribution to make towards ongoing efforts to grow the economy, create jobs and fight poverty. It is for this reason that the department is engaging various government departments to ensure that the arts, culture and heritage sector is accorded the necessary recognition as a significant contributor to economic growth and job creation.

Members of the Media are invited to attend as follows:

Date                : Monday, 19 September 2016

Time               : 18:00

Venue            : Shine Studios, Johannesburg, 115 Smit St & Henri Street, Johannesburg, 2001

RSVP              : Mr James Mathibeng, 078 802 8851, Jamesma@dac,gov.za;

Minister Nathi Mthethwa launches 2016 Heritage Month Celebrations in Sophiatown, Johannesburg

Mthethwa on SABCArts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa invites members of the media to the launch of the 2016 Heritage Month under the theme, “Celebrating our Human Treasures by Asserting our African Identity; our effort in asserting our unique African identity.

The launch will take place on Friday, 02 September 2016 at Trevor Huddleston CR  Memorial Centre, Sophiatown in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

The aim of this year’s celebrations is to put at the forefront the living human treasures and the living legends, the custodians of the indigenous knowledge for their immense contribution to the arts, culture and heritage landscape. The celebration of the human treasures and living legends is an integral part of asserting and embracing our African identity. The living human treasures and legends have a fundamental role to play in society in assisting younger artists to hone their skills, offer mentorship to the youth and guide society as we actively embrace the fullness of our African culture and knowledge in all aspects of our lives.

During the launch, Minister Mthethwa will also outline a month-long programme of activities for the month of September.

The 2016 Heritage Day Celebrations will  be held on 24 September 2016 at AR Abass Stadium in Kimberley, Northern Cape Province.

The details of the launch are as follows:

Time   : 14h00
Date    : 02 September 2016
Venue : Trevor Huddleston CR  Memorial Centre, Sophiatown in City of Johannesburg.

RSVP: Madimetja Moleba: 072 842 6594/ Madimetjam@dac.gov.za or Mthuthuzeli Nqumba / 074 478 7681: Mthuthuzelin@dac.gov.za

For more information, please contact: Ms Lisa Combrinck Spokesperson to the Minister: Cell: 082 821 4886

Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi to launch the 2016 National Book Week Campaign

DMThe Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi invites members of the media to the launch of the 2016 National Book Week campaign themed: #BUY_A_BOOK #READ_A_BOOK. The launch will take place tomorrow, Thursday, 01 September 2016 at the Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg.

This year, South Africa’s longest running and most successful national reading campaign, the National Book Week will be celebrated across the country from 05 -11 September 2016.

The launch will take place as follows:

Date    : 01 September 2016

Venue : Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg

Time   : 09:30 for 10:00

Rsvp: Madimetja Moleba: 012 441 3737 / 072 842 6594/ Madimetjam@dac.gov.za and / Obed Makgoale: ObedM@dac.gov.za / 012 441 3713 / 079 311 8546

Media enquiries: Peter Mbelengwa – Spokesperson for the Deputy Minister082 611 8197 / petermb@dac.gov.za

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

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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

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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