Minister Nathi Mthethwa to officially open Tshing Community Library in Ventersdorp

Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa together with the MEC of Arts and Traditional Affairs, Ontlametse Mochware invite members of the media to the official opening of the newly constructed Tshing Community Library as part of Government ongoing efforts to create a reading nation. The event will take place on Thursday, 14 June  2018 at Tshing Library, JB Marks Local Municipality, Ventersdorp in North West.

Thousands of children from rural schools around Tshing and other neighboring communities are set to benefit from this structure built to bring access to library service and learning tools closer to people of all ages. This library will be fully equipped with all the necessary resources and books that will allow easy access to information.

The community will also have access to the use of computers with internet that will assist mostly job seekers, especially unemployed graduates and youth on their career development and access to information.

The newly constructed library has designated areas for all levels of development from foundation to tertiary education including material for reading for fun in order to create and enhance a culture of reading.

The event will unfold as follows:

Date                : Thursday, 14 June 2018

Time               : 10h30

Venue            : Tshing Library, JB Marks Local Municipality, Ventersdorp in North West

Media RSVP: Madimetja Moleba at Cell: 066 301 4675 /madimetjam@dac.gov.za

Media enquiries please Contact Zimasa Velaphi at 072 172 8925.

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Minister Nathi Mthethwa to commemorate International Albinism Day at Hlalakanihle in Witbank, Mpumalanga

Members are the press are invited to witness the commemoration of International Albinism Day, taking place this Wednesday at Hlalanikahle in Witbank. This year’s commemoration is taking place under the theme: “Shining Our Light To The World”

This crucial global occasion with be commemorated in South Africa this year.

We cannot propagate and perpetuate self-hate when we hunt some amongst us. We kill them. We dismember them. We dig up their bodies from their graves. They are hunted in life and in death. We have started to fight this unforgivable intolerance. Our treatment of those living with Albinism is beyond intolerance, it is the height of inhumanity. We need to fight discrimination against people with albinism with the same vigour that we fought apartheid.” – Hon Minister Nathi Mthethwa

Minister Mthethwa made this statement at the launch of the Department of Arts and Culture’s #AlbinismActivismCampaign on the 4th of May 2018. It was at this launch that the gifted South African music outfit comprising youth living with albinism sang the heart wrenching song:

“Nothing in their bodies is a lucky charm. Nothing in their bodies will heal any sickness. Siyabuza: Senzeni na? Thina siyabuza: What have we done?” – Bob And the Binoes “Senzeni Na?”

On November 18, 2014, the United Nations’ General Assembly adopted a resolution establishing June 13th as International Albinism Awareness Day. This historic resolution confirmed the global focus on albinism advocacy.

The International Albinism Day Commemoration will take place as follows:

DATE:        Wednesday 13 June 2018

VENUE:     Hlakanikahle, Witbank, Mpumalanga

TIMES:       08h30: “Remembrance & Hope” Tree planting at J. Khananda Primary school and Leonard Ntshuntshe Secondary School. Walk from the school to the Hlalanikahle Community Hall

10h30: Official programme commences.

For further information, and interview requests please contact: Asanda Magaqa, Spokesperson for the Minister of Arts and Culture – 072 372 6807 and asandam@dac.gov.za

 

Collection of media accreditation for the 2018 Youth Day commemoration

Members of the media who have applied for accreditation to cover the 2018 National Youth Day Commemoration under the theme, Live the legacy: Towards a socio-economically empowered youth,” are requested to collect their  accreditation cards.                                                             

The event will take place on Saturday, 16 June 2018 at Orlando Stadium, Soweto in Gauteng Province. 

Members of the media are advised to collect their accreditation cards as follows:

Day One:

Date:   Thursday, 14 June 2018

Time:   09h00 – 18h00

Venue: Nasrec Expo Centre, Clubhouse Building, Gate 2, Johannesburg. 

Day Two:

Date: Friday, 15 June 2018

Time: 09h00 – 20h00

Venue: Nasrec Expo Centre, Clubhouse Building, Gate 2, Johannesburg.

Day Three:

Date: Saturday, 16 June 2018

Time:  07h00 – 09h30

Venue: Nasrec Expo Centre, Clubhouse Building, Gate 2, Johannesburg.

NB: Members of the media are advised to bring along their ID’s and press cards or letter from their editor on the collection of accreditation.   

For more information regarding accreditation contact: Ishmael Selemale 061 790 5114/ Ishmael@gcis.gov.za or James Mathibeng 078 802 8851/ 066 301 4670 / JamesMa@dac.gov.za

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Media accreditation application for the 2018 National Youth Day

Members of the media are requested to apply for accreditation for the 2018 National Youth Day Commemorations under the theme, Live the legacy: Towards a socio-economically empowered youth”. 

The event will take place on Saturday, 16 June 2018 at Orlando Stadium, Soweto in Gauteng Province. 

Please fill in the attached registration form, RSVP to James Mathibeng on 078 802 8851/ 066 301 4670 / jamesma@dac.gov.za OR Ishmael Selemale on 0617905114/ Ishmael@gcis.gov.za  

Please also note that the deadline for submission of applications has been extended to Thursday, 07 June 2018.  

You are also kindly requested to verify your identification details when completing the template

SSA ACCREDITATION TEMPLATE FOR YOUTH DAY 2018 

Details for collection of accreditation cards will be communicated in due course

Media enquiries: Madimetja Moleba Cell: 066 301 4675

Email: madimetjam@dac.gov.za  

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05 June 2018

Arts and Culture hosts a Colloquium on Creative Arts with the Living Legends as part of Africa Month Celebrations

As part of Africa Month colloquium series, the Department of Arts and Culture will today,  21 May 2018, host a colloquium on the creative arts titled,  ‘Living Legends and the Art of Living,’ in honour of the Living Legends. The colloquium will take place at the Trevor Huddleston Centre, Sophiatown in Johannesburg. 

The Living Legends have borne witness to the darkest days of the struggles, they have experienced intense oppression from the apartheid state, and a life of fighting for freedom. They have lived to see the advent of a new non-racial and non-sexist, free and democratic South Africa. They impart to new generations, a renewed sense of belonging which extends beyond the embrace of their roots but also encompasses and reflects upon a sense of being African in the world. Minister Nathi Mthethwa will deliver a keynote address at the colloquium. 

A panel comprising of leading minds in the creative arts such as Don Mattera; Dorothy Masuku; Abigail Kubeka; Peter Magubane; and Stompie Manana will be participating in the discussions.  

2018 Africa Month during the month of May takes place under the theme, “The Year of Nelson Mandela: Building a Better Africa and a Better World,” to celebrate the legacy of Nelson Mandela and to promote African Unity.  

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date               : 21 May 2018

Time               : 12:00

Venue            : Trevor Huddleston CR Memorial Centre, 71 Toby street, Sophiatown in Johannesburg.

RSVP: Madimetja Moleba, 066 301 4675, Madimetjam@dac.gov.za

Enquiries: Zimasa Velaphi on 072 172 8925 / Zimasav@dac.gov.za 

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Minister Nathi Mthethwa to host a community Imbizo in Mtubatuba, KwaZulu Natal

Minister Mr Nathi Mthethwa will on Friday, 18 May 2018 conduct an Imbizo at Velobala Community Hall, Dukuduku in Mtubatuba Local Municipality, KwaZulu Natal as part of the department’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the implementation of its arts, culture and heritage programmes.
The Imbizo will provide a platform for the community especially the youth to engage with the department on opportunities available in the creative sector.
Furthermore, the Imbizo will also serve as platform for the Minister to provide the community an opportunity to share and discuss their concerns, while also offering solutions on how they would like to work with government in order to improve service delivery.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date : Friday, 18 May 2018
Time : 10h00
Venue : Velobala Community Hall, Dukuduku at Mtubatuba Local Municipality in KwaZulu Natal

Media RSVPS: James Mathibeng at 066 301 4670 / Jamesma@dac.gov.za or Madimetja Moleba at 066 301 4675 / madimetjam@dac.gov.za
For more information please contact Zimasa Velaphi at 072 172 8925

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The Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture’s report back on the refurbishment of graves of former liberation fighters and community engagement

The Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Makhotso Maggie Sotyu invites members of the media to the report back session on the refurbishment of graves of former liberation fighters and community engagement at Zwelethemba in Worcester in the Western Cape.

This will be a community engagement programme that will be progressively responding to the Zwelethemba Community’s request for the refurbishment of the graves of freedom fighters who, were killed at the height of apartheid during the 1980’s.

Not only is the Department of Arts and Culture availing a budget for the restoration of these graves, the Department will also commit to a long-term plan of building a multi-purpose resource and art centre for the community of Zwelethemba.

The media is invited as follows:

Date:            09 May 2018

Venue:         Zwelethemba Civic Hall, Mthwazi Road (Worcester)

Time:           09h00

RSVP: Mthuthuzeli Nqumba at 0744787681 /mthuthuzeliN@dac.gov.za.

For more information contact Media Liaison, Nkhumeleni Thovhakale at 0828950482/ email: nkhumelenit@dac.gov.za

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Minister Mthethwa to pay special tribute to the Living Legends at Market Theatre, JHB

The Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa will honour the enormous contribution of South Africa’s Living Legends to the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector and towards the development of Arts and Culture Industry in a one-night special performance on Monday 23 April 2018. The special tribute will be presented by the Department of Arts &Culture in partnership with the Market Theatre Foundation.

Hosted at the John Kani Theatre, the event will honour and celebrate both South Africa’s past and current legends with a compilation called, ‘Re go rwesha dipalakata’ – A Song for our Legends which will be a melting pot of the works that were created by Jonas Gwangwa; Fred Hagemann; Prof. Keorapetse Kgositsile; Abigail Kubeka; Joseph Louw; Peter Magubane; Miriam Makeba; Dorothy Masuka; Don Matera; Todd Matshikiza; Miriam Tladi; Dolly Rathebe; Caiphus Semenya and Adam Small. A piece of the works of each of these Legends selected from the body of work that they created over many years is included in the production.

This night of the Legends compilation is a mixture of music, song, spoken word and dance complemented by projection and photography. The Legends selected for this piece and their works is interwoven by various vignettes and montages that flow seamlessly from one to the next in logical sequence to provide an entertaining 90 minutes performance piece.

Prior to the Legends Tribute, Minister Mthethwa will also launch the Living Legends Legacy Trust Endowment Fund.

Members of the Media are invited as follows:

Date:              23 April 2018

Venue:           John Kani Theatre – Market Theatre, Newtown Precinct, Johannesburg

Time:             18h00  

For RSVP : Madimetja Moleba at 066 301 4675/ email: madimetjam@dac.gov.za

Media enquiries: Zimasa Velaphi at 072 172 8925 / zimasav@dac.gov.za; or Lusanda Zokufa on 072 367 7867 / lusandaz@markettheatre.co.za 

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Deputy Minister Makhotso Maggie Sotyu to lead the commemoration of International Women’s Day and honouring of Mme Albertina Sisulu at the State Theatre.

International Women’s Day (IWD) is celebrated worldwide on 08 March.  In some countries it has been declared a national holiday.  South Africa has also celebrated it over the years especially post 1994.  IWD is an opportunity for citizens of the world to conduct introspection with regards to women’s accomplishments and challenges.

In 2018 South Africa is marking two important centenaries.  The main centenary is dedicated to Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela, the first President of a democratic South Africa.  Had he been alive he would be 100 years this year.  Of equal importance is the Centenary of Albertina Sisulu a struggle heroine in her own right.  And so activities have been planned to remember and honour Albertina Sisulu as an apartheid activist.

The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report showed that gaps still persist and it would take two hundred years for the world to achieve gender equality.  And so the # PressforProgress was coined as a theme for IWD 2018.

The media is invited as follows:

Date               : 06 March 2018

Venue            : State Theatre, Gauteng

Time               : 09h00

For RSVP and more information contact Media Liaison, Nkhumeleni Thovhakale at 0828950482/ email: nkhumelenit@dac.gov.za

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Deputy Minister Makhotso Sotyu to address the King Silamba-KoMjekejeke 2018 Annual Commemoration at KoMjekejeke Cultural Heritage Site, Plot 18 Riverside Road Walmansthal, Gauteng

The Deputy Minister of the Department of Arts and Culture, Ms Makhotso Maggie Sotyu, will be attending the King Silamba-KoMjekejeke 2018 Annual Commemoration as per invitation from His Royal Majesty the King of the AmaNdebele, King Makhosoke II, after the DAC’s sterling work in that region through the project with Mama Esther Mahlangu, as led and overseen by the Ministry of Arts and Culture.

The media is invited as follows:

Date:             03 March 2018

Venue:          KoMjekejeke Cultural Heritage Site, Plot18 Riverside Road    Walmansthal, Gauteng

Time:            09h00

For RSVP and more information contact Media Liaison, Nkhumeleni Thovhakale at 0828950482/ email: nkhumelenit@dac.gov.za

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