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

Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture

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

Arts and Culture Supports the Musical; Divas of Kofifi, a Tribute to Legendary Ladies of Song

DivasThrough the Mzansi Golden Economy strategy, the Department of Arts and Culture has provided support for the stage production of ‘’Divas of Kofifi’’- a tribute to the three singing icons of South Africa. The musical will be staged at the John Kani theatre at the Market Theatre on Thursday, 11 August 2016.

The production pays tribute to Thandie Klaasen, Dorothy Masuka and Abigail Kubeka who are among the most revered singing icons in South Africa. Following the 60th Anniversary commemoration of the Women’s March in 1956, the artistic achievements of women especially those who are living legends are being particular highlighted.

Phambili Siyaya Arts developed the production as a documentary of music that reflects on that particular era and was directed by the award winning Princess Mhlongo.

Divas of Kofifi explores the lives of the three legends through a storyline that focuses on Zawazi Jacky Mbatha and Mlindelwa “BabStix” Nkosi.  Zawazi is the owner of a Jazz restaurant called Jacky’s Oasis which was once owned by her deceased parents.  She stumbles on an incomplete manuscript developed by her father, about the three divas and decides to complete the work started by her father.

The production explores notions of cultural heritage and memory and celebrates the contribution of these glorious women. Re-enactments of moments in their past are interwoven with footage from present-day interviews.

Members of the media are invited to attend as follows:

 Date    : 11 – 13 August 2016

Time   : 18:00 till 23:30

Venue: The Market Theatre, Joburg

RSVP  : Baile Maunye, 071 047 6770, bailem@dac.gov.za

Enquiries: Lisa Combrinck, Spokesperson, LisaCo@dac.gov.za/ 082 821 4886

Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture

Media accreditation for 2016 Women’s Day celebration

Members of the media are invited to apply for accreditation to cover the National Women’s Day celebration taking place on 09 August 2016 at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.

The Women’s Day will be celebrated under the theme “Women United in Moving South Africa Forward ”.

To apply for media accreditation, kindly complete online registration form on the link http://www.gcis.gov.za/content/media-registration Deadline for submission of applications is Tuesday, 02 August 2016 at 12h00.

Media enquiries: Teresa Magidela 060 601 7724, TeresaM@dac.gov.za or Ishmael Selemale 061 790 5114, Ishmael@gcis.gov.za

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