Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi to host a meeting with the European delegation on community cultural centres

Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi will host a meeting with the European counterparts on the development and policy implementation of community cultural centres on Monday, 20 February 2017 at the National Department of Arts and Culture offices in Pretoria.


The objective of the meeting is to discuss issues on institutional capacity, policy implementation, programming, innovative sourcing of funding and come up with recommendations and an implementation plan for the growth of community arts centers.


 The meeting also aims to expand communication and dialogue between cultural workers in Ireland, Flanders, France and South Africa to reflect on the state of the South African community arts centres and their contribution to continuous capacity building and development.


Media is invited as follows:


Date   : Monday, 20 February 2017

Venue: Department of Arts and Culture, Kingsley Centre, 481 cnr Steve Biko, and Stanza Bopape Street, Room1, Arcadia, Petoria                                                                                              

Time  : 11:h00


RSVPs: Prince Njaju, 071 997 4820 /


Media enquiries: Madimetja Moleba on 072 842 6594/012 441 3737


For more information, please contact: Peter Mbelengwa – Spokesperson for the Deputy Minister – Cell: 082 611 8197 / Email:; Ms Zimasa Velaphi: 072 172 8925


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Minister Nathi Mthethwa launches the Young Patriots Programme

Media Advisory

Attention   : Editors and Journalists

Date             : 21 November 2016

Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa will launch the Young Patriots Programme at Freedom Park, Pretoria on the 25th November 2016. The programme is supported by the Department of Arts and Culture through NYDA.

The key objective of the programme is to create job opportunities for youth in the arts, culture and heritage sector. Through the National Youth Development Agency, the Department of Arts and Culture has begun a process of recruiting 300 young people to participate on the Young Patriots Programme.

The Young Patriots Programme acknowledges the role played by young people during the struggle for liberation and to ensure that young people today, are involved in social cohesion and nation building initiatives.

Government carries a responsibility to instil confidence and pride amongst the youth. This happens by educating young people about their history, heritage and the role played by other young people in the struggle for national liberation and thereby inculcating a sense of appreciating the South African democracy today.

Members of the media are invited to join the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa and NYDA CEO, Mr Khathu Ramukumba at the launch of the programme that will see the signing of the Framework of Collaboration as follows:

Date : 25 November 2016

Time : 08:00

Venue : Gallery of Leaders: Freedom Park; Pretoria

Media RSVPs: Mthuthuzeli Nqumba, / 0744787681 or Lerato Gambu, / 0718972998 or (011) 651 7000

Media enquiries: Ms Zimasa Velaphi, 0725751994 or Teresa Magidela, 0606017724

Address by Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture (RSA), Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, MP, on the occasion of the celebration of South Africa’s Heritage and Kuwait as a Cultural Islamic Capital 2016 in Kuwait

27 October 2016DM

Programme director

Secretary General of National Council for Culture, Arts & Literature, Mr Ali Al Yoha,

Your Excellency South African ambassador to Kuwait, Ambassador Mr Bona;

Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, Ambassador of Senegal H.E Abdou Lahad Mbeke;

Deputy Dean, Ambassador of Somalia HE Abdulkadir Amin Sheikh Abu Baker;

Ambassador of Chad HE Ali Ahmad Aghbash;

Ambassador of Swaziland HE Mlondi Dlamini;

Ambassador of Zimbabwe HE Mark Grey Marongwe;

Esteemed guests;

Ladies and gentlemen


On behalf of the government and people of South Africa, allow me to convey our warmth greetings to the government and people of the State of Kuwait.

South Africa and Kuwait enjoys cordial and reciprocal bilateral relations. The ties between the two countries were further strengthened by Kuwait initiating the formalisation of relations by proposing the signing of a Cultural Agreement.

Both countries are fully committed to promoting mutually beneficial cooperation in the fields of arts, culture and heritage for developing activities, programmes and projects for cultural and artistic exchange. The draft Agreement has gone through the necessary processes and is waiting for the Ministers availability for signing.

I stand before you on this occasion as we celebrate both South Africa’s heritage and Kuwait as the Islamic Capital of Culture for 2016. It is such occasions that form part of on-going efforts to strengthen cultural relations between South Africa and Kuwait as we promote greater people to people contact and deepen our bonds of friendship and solidarity.

The 2016 Heritage Month theme is: “Celebrating our Human Treasures by Asserting our African Identity”.

Firstly, this theme appeals to each one of us to acknowledge and recognise the presence of our living human treasures in the communities we find ourselves in. This does not only mean knowing their names and where they live.

Most importantly, it means knowing and taking pride in the significant work they do in the preservation and promotion of South Africa’s living heritage.

By taking pride out of their work, means ensuring that the living human treasures are respected and commended for flying the South African flag high.

Secondly, the theme appeals to each one of us to appreciate and take pride of who we are. That is, where we come from, who are we, what we have achieved over the years and what do we aspire to be in the near future amongst others.

Therefore, the knowledge of our historical past and what we strive to become on our daily endeavours should consciously remind us that we are ‘sons and daughter of Africa’. As such we shall continue to live the dreams of our forebears who wanted to see a united and prosperous Africa espousing the values of love, peace, tolerance and respect for humanity.

Against all odds, our forebears went through painful past fighting against colonialism and apartheid. The two evil systems were among others designed to shape the thoughts and identities of ‘subaltern’ Africans.

Owing to this infamous past, the Department of Arts and Culture saw it befitting to call on to all South Africans to celebrate the significant contribution made by men and women in defence of our indigenous knowledge systems, our heritage and our cultural identities.

In the spirit of building a united and prosperous South Africa, the Department of Arts and Culture embarked on a project of identifying and documenting South Africa’s living human treasures. These are men and women who possess the knowledge and skills of our indigenous knowledge and living heritage to the highest degree.


The South African government is also engaged in the process of names standardisation whereby original African names are reintroduced to replace undesirable colonial and apartheid names in terms of the South African Geographical Names Council Act 118 of 1998.

South Africa has built a number of commemorative infrastructures to commemorate heroes and heroines who contributed to building a free and democratic South Africa and we call these the Legacy Programme. Some of the projects built include the Nelson Mandela museum, the Luthuli museum, the Sartie Bartmaan Centre and many other centres built and named after heroes and heroines of the country.

We remain humbled by the invitation to be part of the celebration of Kuwait as the Islamic Capital of Culture 2016 though our partnership with the South African embassy here in Kuwait. Hence we have brought a group of artists, paintings and crafts for exhibition to be part of this historic celebration. We also have in our midst one of South Africa’s renowned artist Joe Nina, who will perform at this celebration.

I would like to conclude by reiterating South Africa’s commitment to the bilateral relations with the State of Kuwait.

I thank you

President Zuma to officiate at the wreath laying ceremony on Mr Oliver Tambo

President Jacob Zuma will tomorrow, 27 October 2016, lead the wreath-laying ceremony in memory of the late ANC President Oliver Reginald Tambo in Wattville, Benoni.

Annually during the month of October, the City of Ekurhuleni leads a month-long programme of activities in commemoration of the life of Mr Oliver Reginald Tambo and his wife Dr Adelaide Tambo. Themed “Celebrating the life, times and legacy of O.R Tambo, 99 years and counting towards the centenary” this year’s celebrations would have coincided with the stalwart’s 99th birthday.

OR Tambo shaped the foreign policy of the democratic South Africa and laid a firm foundation as the foremost diplomat and face of the ANC during the most difficult time in the country’s history.

 Details of the event are as follows:

Venue               : Tamboville Cemetery, Wattville, Benoni, Ekurhuleni.

Time                 : 11:00

Date                 : 27 October 2016

We wish to request media attending the proceedings to please send their details to Themba Gadebe on 076 303 7594 or and Hlomani Baloyi on 083 276 1295 or

Enquiries: Dr Bongani Ngqulunga on 082 308 9373 or

Issued by: The Presidency


The Department of Arts and Culture celebrates the World Day for Audio Visual Heritage

The National Film, Video and Sound Archives Unit  will celebrate the World Day for Audio Visual Heritage under the theme, “It’s your story – don’t lose it ” on Thursday, 27 October 2016 at the Department of Arts and Culture Events Hall in Arcadia,  Pretoria.

On the 27th October 1980, the UNESCO’s General Conference adopted the recommendation for the “safeguarding and preservation of moving images”, the first international instrument to declare the cultural and historical importance of film and television recordings, and calling for decisive steps to ensure their preservation. 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 Audio-visual Heritage.

The day is aimed at raising general awareness on the importance of audio-visual documents as part of our priceless heritage, our collective memory and a valuable source of knowledge. Sound recordings and moving images in any form are vulnerable, and easily discarded or deliberately destroyed. Unless public awareness of the importance of preservation is increased, this trend will continue. Conserving this heritage and ensuring it remains accessible to the public and future generations is a vital goal for all memory institutions as well as the public at large.

This event will also create a platform where filmmakers, musicians and audiovisual industry pioneers will be lobbied to donate their collections to the National Film, Video and Sound Archives and it will be a good opportunity to promote the Legal Deposit Act.

The event is scheduled to take place as follows:

Date    :        27 October 2016

Time   :        09:00

Venue :        Department of Arts and Culture, Events Hall (Ground floor),

Corner  Stanza Bopape & Steve Biko street, Arcadia, Pretoria


Media RSVPs: Obed Mokgoale: 079 311 8546 / or Prince Njaju: 071 997 4820:

Media enquiries: Teresa Magidela: 060 601 7724/


Draft programme programme-for-audiovisual-heritage-day-2016

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Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi to unveil the Valoyi Va- Tsong Cultural Village and Museum

Media Invitation

Attention   : Editors and Journalists

Date              : 03 October 2016

The Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi invites members of the media to the official unveiling of the Valoyi Va-Tsonga(N’wamitwa) Cultural Village and Museum.  Funded by the Department of Arts and Culture, the Cultural Village and Museum is aimed at promoting and preserving the cultural heritage of the Valoyi Va–Tsonga people.

The cultural village will encompass a museum to preserve and conserve heritage objects; a craft center and ten thatched rondavels that will serve as accommodation facilities as well as spaces for artistic performances, rituals and indigenous knowledge systems.

The project is also part of the transformation of the South African Heritage Landscape aimed at educating the present and future generation about their history and heritage.

 The event will take place as follows:

 DMDate: 06 October 2016

Time: 09:00

Venue: N’wamitwa (Greater Tzaneen Local Municipality)

Media RSVPs: Ms Patience Mogomotsi,, 071 680 6709

Media enquiries : Mr Peter Mbelengwa,, 082 611 8197

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Call for media accreditation registration for the 30th Anniversary of Samora Machel’s tragic death

Members of the media are invited to apply for accreditation to cover the 30th Anniversary of the Samora Machel taking place on Monday, 17 October 2016 at the Samora Machel Museum in Mbuzini, Nkomazi Municipality, Mpumalanga Province.

The South African and Mozambique governments will commemorate the 30th Anniversary of Samora Machel’s tragic death under the theme, “Commemorating 30 Years of selfless service and dedication to the people of Southern Africa, We remember them.” The theme reminds us to honour and express our gratitude to those who dedicated their lives to ensure that our country achieved freedom and democracy that all of us enjoy today.

To apply for media accreditation, kindly complete online registration form on the link Deadline for submission of applications is Monday, 03 October 2016 at 16h00

You are kindly requested to verify your details when completing your registration form. Details for collection of accreditation cards will be communicated in due course.

 For enquiries please contact:

 Madimetja Moleba: 072 842 6594/012 441 3737/  or  Noni Moimane: 076 964 9610/ 012 473 0277/

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Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa will on Friday, 16 September 2016 unveil the renovated grave of Chief Tyali and deliver a keynote address at the Provincial Heritage Day to take place at Nkosi Tyali Great Place, Woburn in Alice, Eastern Cape. The renovation of Chief Tyali’s grave is part of the heritage restoration projects that seeks to transform the country’s heritage landscape.

The 2016 Heritage Month Celebrations take place under the theme, “Celebrating Human Treasures by Asserting our African Identity”.

Fort Hare University celebrated hundred years this year and this milestone is directly linked with Chief Tyali’s legacy.  Before his death on the 12th of May 1942, Chief Tyali gave explicit instruction that some of the area along the Tyhume River should be overseen by the Scotland Missionaries as an educational springboard of the African Nation (Mqhayi, 1972). It is in this area where both Lovedale College as well as Fort Hare University were later built for the benefit of the African Children.

“We need to continue to embrace and celebrate our African identity in its entirety. In the clothing that we dress, in the cuisine that we eat, in the hairstyles we adorn ourselves with, in the languages we speak in our daily lives, in our idiomatic expressions and in the content of our conversations, in our embrace of Ubuntu, in the plans and dreams we have for this country together, in the multilateralism that we hold dear in our global relations, we are African and we proudly assert our African identity,”emphasised Minister Mthethwa.

South Africa will commemorate the 2016 National Heritage Day celebrations on 24 September 2016 at Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberly, Northern Cape.


Members of the Media are invited to attend as follows:

Event             : Unveiling of the renovated grave of Chief Tyali and Celebrations of

Provincial Heritage Day

Date                : Friday, 16 September 2016

Time               : 09:00

Venue            : Nkosi Tyali Great Place, Woburn in Alice, Eastern Cape

RSVP              : Mthuthuzeli Nqumba at 074 478 7681 /

Enquiries        : For more information, please contact Lisa Combrinck at 082 821 4886 /


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Speech delivered by Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi on the occasion of the sitting of National House of Traditional Leaders, The NCOP in Parliament, Cape Town

13 JULY 2016

DMHonourable Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders, Kgosi Maubane (Kgabo!);

Honourable Deputy Chairperson of the National House of Traditional Leaders, Inkosi Mahlangu (Ndzundza!);

Honourable Executive Committee Members of the National House;

Honourable Leaders of delegations from Provincial Houses;

Honourable members

Good morning, Ndi Matsheloni, Molweni, Sani bonani, Dumelang, Avuxeni..

The National Development Plan (NDP) – Vision 2030 envisages a South Africa where South Africans will be more conscious of the things they have in common than their differences.

The NDP advocates that “Arts and culture open powerful spaces for debate about where a society finds itself and where it is going. Promoted effectively, the creative and cultural industries can contribute substantially to small business development, job creation, and urban development and renewal”.

Promoting Nation Building and Social Cohesion

Nation Building and Social Cohesion is one of the 14 outcomes of the current administration and the Department of Arts & Culture was mandated to support, implement, monitor and report on the government’s programme of action for social cohesion and nation building.

On a quarterly basis, the Department assesses progress by key delivery partner departments in terms of the implementation of the programme of action for social cohesion. Overall, by social cohesion we refer to the degree of social integration and inclusion in society.

This is particularly important given our socio-historical past of deep divisions, principally along racial lines, but also through other social constructions such as gender, language, culture, religion and other extraneous considerations.

As part of promoting social cohesion, there are a number of specific areas of work by the Department which should find resonance in the mandate of this House that is responsible for traditional authorities by law and these include community conversations, social cohesion advocates programme and the sectoral consultations on social compact. 

Community Conversations

As part of the 2012 national summit resolutions, the Department was mandated to, among others, keep South Africa in a conversation. This involves getting different communities into dialogue with each other in terms of the unearthed opportunities from within the local community in promoting social integration and inclusion.

While race may not be a predominant factor of divisions in areas under traditional leadership, there are certainly other aspects of life in these areas that may detract from the broader agenda on nation building and social cohesion.

These may include patriarchy, culture, and tribalism. For example, the Department is rolling out a series of conversations in the Vuwani-Makhado-Malamulele area as part of the broader mediation effort there. The ultimate aim is to ensure greater integration and inclusion among people in the area.

The Department is grateful for the unwavering support it enjoys from traditional leaders in the area.

Social cohesion advocates

As part of the advocacy effort on social cohesion, the Department has enlisted eminent persons across the different areas of national life to assist government in championing the cause for social cohesion and nation building. We assist the advocates by creating platforms for them in doing this work.

However, given their standing in society, the advocates also champion this cause in areas within their locus of influence and control. It is therefore appropriate to also exhort traditional leadership to champion the nation building cause in more visible and practical ways. The Department is also available to offer support in this regard as and when requested by traditional leaders.

Sector consultations on social compact

Given the growing gaps in the broader society around issues of race and racism, the Department has moved with speed in terms of the rollout of sector consultations on the social compact.

The social compact in the broadest sense is a self-contractual obligation in terms of the various ways in which the different sectors commit to promoting social integration and inclusion, in particular, their commitment to eradicating racism.

The Department will between July and October 2016 engage traditional leadership as a sector in terms of its role to promoting social integration and inclusion, but also more specifically, in terms of eradicating racism.

Nation Building finds practical expression in the Freedom Charter, hence the clarion call that “South Africa belongs to all who live in it”.

The role of the Traditional Leaders in the preservation of our diverse cultures cannot be emphasised more. It is said that a nation that does not preserve its culture it is a lost nation. 

National Identity

Our national symbols reflect the identity of the country and its people as critical elements in realising a national common shared identity. The South African national anthem does reveal a history of a once fragmented society. “Die Stem” and “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrica”used to serve different communities.

The combination of these two anthems marks a time in history where unity, nation building and social cohesion have taken a centre. The national anthem is a national prayer, it should be sung in full at all times and it must be observed with respect and dignity.

I call upon our Traditional Leaders to join hands with us as we continue to instil the spirit of patriotism through the National Identity Project which includes promoting the recital of the Preamble of the Constitution, installation of the National Flag in schools as well as the distribution of the CD Toolkit on how to sing both the National and AU anthems, posters and the national identity booklet called the Passport of Patriotism.

In the previous financial year, we installed the South African Flags in 3,557 schools, bringing the total number of flags installed in schools to 25,266. In 2016/17 we will conduct a full project review to verify number of schools without flags, condition of flags and replace old flags and poles. 

Oral History

Orality is a significant aspect of the culture of the majority of South Africa’s people.  Hence the National Archives use this cultural asset as a means of collecting and documenting the experiences and memories of South Africa’s past that was neglected or distorted.

The retrieval and dissemination of oral tradition are vital to fill the gaps in the education system. It is important to integrate this knowledge not only into the formal curricula, but also into indigenous education.

This necessitated the implementation of the oral history schools training project which is undertaken in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, Provincial Archives and the Oral History Association of South Africa. Learners are trained in the methodology and given an opportunity to present their findings at the annual national conference.

Traditional leaders are the bearers of arts\culture\heritage knowledge [intangible cultural heritage], therefore they need to be included in all the Oral History initiatives such as conferences so that they can share this knowledge with the learners and the youth in particular.

Community intellectuals have been included in some conferences in the past.

We need to intensify our efforts to continue including them and the traditional leadership, and have interactive sessions where they can share information about cultural values and the role they played in building social cohesion and UBUNTU.

The 2016 Annual national Oral History Conference will take place on 11-14 October at the University of Venda in partnership with Limpopo Provincial Archives and the Oral History Association of South Africa. The theme is “Chanted Memories and Anniversaries: Celebrating Our Common Past(s)”. 

Living Human Treasures

The Department of Arts and Culture is working on a project to identify and document South African Living Human Treasures. These are men and women with rare skills, knowledge and techniques that they have learned from their parents or grandparents or older generations.

We request Traditional Leaders to assist the Department in informing us of the existence of these people in their areas so we can recognise their knowledge and document them for future generations.


We all know by now that the reading and information needs of many South Africans are not met, since many citizens do not have access to library and information services, or only have to deal with sub-standard services. Illiteracy is amongst the national challenges facing our nation and it is our sector’s duty to correct this situation as we instil a culture of reading and writing.

Through the community library conditional grant, The Department completed ten new libraries and thirty-one modular libraries, refurbished eighteen libraries. In 2016/17 we will build 23 more new libraries and upgrade 55 existing libraries.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation through its Global Libraries Programme provided our country with a grant of one hundred and twenty million rands for computers, enhance internet access in libraries, educational toys, training staff as well as technology for the visually impaired. A total of 667 libraries will benefit from this generous donation.

Working together with Traditional Leaders, we need to encourage the communities to take ownership of these libraries and guard jealously against anyone who might threaten to vandalise or burn them.

Reading Campaign

Annually, we embark on the reading campaign as a build-up activity that culminates into the World Book and Copyright Day celebrations. This year we conducted Door-to-Door Reading Awareness Campaign in Elim village, Makhado Municipality and 13 schools, including, Rivoni Special School, Elim Care for the aged and households to promote reading and donated books including South African classics.


In partnership with the Department of Small Business Development we hosted a series of craft izimbizo throughout the country.

Building the capacity for crafters to become meaningful players in the economic mainstreams is important. In this regard the Department has developed two business guides targeted at crafters and other creatives to assist them with the know-how to manage sustainable businesses.

The first guide is entitled “Growing your creative business: A guide for craft producers, designers and other creative”. The second guide, entitled “Exploring new markets: A guide for craft producers, designers and other creatives”.

This we did in recognition that artists are creative people who are in generality creative and who may be able to produce aesthetically pleasing works of art. The challenge for most of them however comes on issues of managing their organisations, enterprises and finances properly and sustainably.

The first guide is designed to help them with tools to address this shortcoming. The second guide focuses on building similar capacity but with a focus on exports.

In the immediate term, we are focusing on printing copies for wide distribution nationally. We will also be translating both guides into all official languages and printing those for distribution as well.

Language Services

We have launched the Human Language Technologies (HLT) as a modern technology to improve translation.

In partnership with the South African National Lexicography Units we developed the monolingual and bilingual dictionaries for indigenous languages. In partnership with the National Library of South Africa we reprinted the South African Classics.

Working with Traditional Leaders, we will be able to promote multilingualism in the country. We need to encourage communities to speak our indigenous languages with pride.

In closing, I would like to reiterate that a number of specific areas of work by the Department find resonance in the mandate of the National House of Traditional Leaders.

I thank you.

Arts and Culture to host Youth Dialogue as part of Africa Month Celebrations in Taung

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in partnership with Greater Taung local Municipality will host Youth Dialogue on Arts, Social Cohesion and Socio-economic participation as part of Africa Month celebrations. The dialogue will take place on Friday, 27 May 2016 at Taung Hotel School and Convention Centre, Greater Taung Local Municipality in North West. Continue reading