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 to host a dialogue on Heritage Month in Kimberley

Heritage Month 23 Sept 16The Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Northern Cape Provincial Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture will host a dialogue on Heritage Month.

Focusing on the role that history and heritage can play in bridging socio-historical divisions and in fostering social cohesion and nation building on the 23rd of September 2016 at William Humphrey Art Gallery in Kimberley.

The dialogue is a build-up event towards National Heritage Day celebrations taking place on 24 September 2016 at Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley where Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to give a keynote address.

The panellists include Yvonne Mokgoro – former Justice of the Constitutional Court, Professor Muxe Nkondo – former Vice Chancellor of the University of Venda, Ms Ashanteewa Archer- Ngidi, Director: Afrikology Institute and Dr Bheki Mngomezulu – CEO: Mzala Nxumalo Centre.

South Africa celebrates the 2016 Heritage Month under the theme, “Celebrating our human treasures by Asserting our African identity” to highlighting the role played by the Living Human Treasures, our living legends in preserving and promoting our cultural heritage.

Let us, this month of September fully assert our identity, share our knowledge with others, engage in conversations to expand cultural understanding, and move towards each other, so that our cultural diversity can coalesce into common threads that build this country and this economy.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Event : Heritage Month Dialogue

Date   : 23 September 2016

Time  : 13h00

Venue: William Humphrey Art Gallery, Cullinan Crescent, Civic Centre Kimberley Northern Cape

Media RSVP: Mthuthuzeli Nqumba 074 478 7681/

Media enquiries : Teresa Magidela 060 601 7724 /

Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture

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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