Address by Minister Nathi Mthethwa at the 42nd Session of the World Heritage Committee Manama, Bahrain, 24 June – 4 July 2018

MINISTERIAL MEETING ON “WORLD HERITAGE ISSUES IN AFRICA”

Date: Thursday 28 June 2018

Hosted by:

Honorable Mr Nkosinathi Emmanuel Mthethwa Minister of Arts and Culture of Republic of South Africa

  • Honorable Prof Narcisse Mouelle Kombi, Minister of Arts and Culture of Cameroon
  • Honorable Dr Jules Doret Ndongo, Minister Forestry and Wildlife of Cameroon
  • Honorable Dr Thato Raphaka, Permanet Secretary of Botswana
  • Major General Gaudence Milanzi, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism of Tanzania
  • Dr Joseph Kizito, Principal Secretary of the Ministry of Environment (United Republic of Tanzania)
  • Dr Aly Khalil, Principal Secretary at the Ministry of Housing of Zanzibar in the United Republic of Tanzania
  • Your Excellency Ms Rudo Chitiga, Ambassador of Zimbabwe to France and Permanent Delegate at UNESCO, Vice President of the World Heritage Committee on behalf of the Africa Region
  • Your Excellences the Ambassadors
  • Dr Webber Ndoro, Director General of ICCROM
  • Distinguished members of the AWHF’s Board of Trustees
  • Distinguished guests
  • Ladies and gentlemen

Let me first express my gratitude to you for having taken your time to attend this meeting which is the first of its nature. This is indeed the first time the African Ministers are meeting to discuss among themselves issues of common interest during the World Heritage Committee Session. As you know, the South African Government is fully committed to develop interactions with various partners, priority being given to the African Governments in championing heritage-related issues. Our engagement is also visible through the hosting in South Africa of the African World Heritage Fund which has been quite instrumental in championing a number of strategic issues of our continent.

Honorable Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen, before I discharge my responsibilities for the day I want to bring the following to your attention.

The 42nd Session of the World Heritage Committee coincides with the year in which we also celebrate the Centenary of the birth of President Nelson Mandela and Mama Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu. It is also the 40th anniversary of the passing on of that African Patriot Professor Robert Mangaliso Sobukwe

These giants of Africa lived because they had surrendered their very beings to the liberation of our people. Their lives and legacies, their very beings embodied love, an idea, dreams of a free and just society, a hope, an aspiration, a vision of our collective destination as Africans.

They were internationalist, revolutionaries and ardent lovers of their people and the very soil and soul of their continent and their Africanness.

Honorable Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen,

It’s common knowledge that our African heritage is extremely rich and diverse. Africa is the “Cradle of Humankind”, it is also the only place in the world where one has the privilege to observe the “Big 5” in their natural environment. Unfortunately, with less than 9% of the sites inscribed on the World Heritage List, Africa has not reached her potential in terms of the inscription of heritage properties on the World Heritage List. The current configuration and representation on the world heritage list in percentages is as follows:

Africa: 8.67%

Arab States: 7.64%

Asia and the Pacific: 23.58%

Europe and North America: 47.16%

Latin America and the Caribbean: 12.95% 

This is a pointer to increase the tempo of nominations of our sites on the world heritage list. This calls for the investment of both human and financial capital to World Heritage initiatives. As a continent, we are also faced with increasing challenges concerning the conservation and management of our heritage sites in a rapid changing and developing environment which is characterized by a series of socio-economic projects. That’s one aspect to champion if we want to effectively improve the use of our heritage as resource to reduce poverty and stimulate sustainability.

Honorable Ministers, Ladies and Gentlemen,

This meeting aims at providing a platform for discussion on few heritage-related issues on our continent. As Minister hosting the African World Heritage Fund, I thought that it was right to also use the World Heritage Meeting platforms to further engage with African leaders in a constructive way.

Our region has shown signs of increasing maturity over the time. In particular, the fact that our experts meet every year ahead of the World Heritage Committee Meeting to prepare issues to be discussed is a good sign. The daily meeting is another sign of maturity for improved coordination. Through your Excellency, Amb. Chitiga, I would like to thank the World Heritage Committee Members for their commitment and support.

Finally, I wish this meeting to be as opened and interactive as possible. This meeting will focus on a number of topics amongst others the following:

  1. The heritage sites associated with memories of recent conflicts (independence and liberation heritages, genocide sites, iconic places during the 2nd World War, slave routes etc.) to be nominated as World Heritage.
  2. Issues about World Heritage and Sustainable Development in Africa.
  3. The support to the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF).

I thank you for your attention. 

For further information and interview requests, please contact:

Asanda Magaqa, Spokesperson for the Minister of Arts and Culture – 072 372 6807

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Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa Gazettes the renaming of Grahamstown to Makhanda

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Hon Nathi Mthethwa wishes to announce that on Friday 29 June 2018 the Government Gazette has published the changing of the name of the town of “Grahamstown” to “Makhanda”.

Name changes is an internationally accepted practice fully supported and endorsed by the United Nations that (i) countries have the sovereign right to standardize names and (ii) can decide what name to give for each feature in that country should be or how it should be spelt. In this instance, there has a been a call for almost 20 years to change the name of the town, and those who have pushed for this name to be changed have been informed chiefly by what Colonel Graham epitomises, and the painfully bitter memories his name evokes.

In South Africa, it has been standard practice to change names which are not in line with the letter and spirit of the Constitution.

“It is the Truth & Reconciliation Commission that recommended that the renaming of geographic features be a form of “symbolic reparation” to address an unjust past. These reparations include changing the names of geophrical places. Surely, we cannot prove ourselves committed (as government) to fully achieve these reparations if we retain names such as ‘Grahamstown’- named after Colonel John Graham- whose name is captured in history as being the most brutal and most vicious of the British commanders on that frontier, whose campaigns were executed with- in his own words- “A proper degree of terror”? “At the time, British authorities praised Graham for “breaking the back of the natives”. The battles he waged were not only against soldiers, everyone- including women, children and the elderly would not be spared. Even post-battle, he and his soldiers would employ the “scorched earth policy” against those he had already brought violence and misery against, by burning their fields and killing their cattle; starving them into submission, before killing them.” This is the man that “Grahamstown” has been named after. – Minister Nathi Mthethwa

“Makhanda” who was also known as Nxele was a Xhosa warrior, philosopher, prophet and military man who fought against colonialism- in battles that include one where he led an attack against the British garrison at Grahamstown in 1819.

THE RENAMING PROCESS:

Process in terms of the legislation:

In terms of the Act:

1.1. the Minister signs off on the South African Geographical Names Council (SAGNC) name change recommendation

1.2.     after the SAGNC has met to consider it,

1.3.  after receiving applications from the Provincial Geographical Names Committees (PGNCs), which coordinate names from different municipalities.

  • The gazetting of renaming of “Grahamstown” to “Makhanda” has been preceded by 20 years of discussions, from members of the public, historians, academics and politicians.
  • As early as 2012 the Makana Local Municipality had public engagements on possible change of name Grahamstown when they were dealing with changing the names of the streets of the town.
  • It is only recently in 2015 that these discussions culminated in an official application form that went through the process to the SAGNC and the Minister of Arts and Culture.
  • The matter was then escalated to the Eastern Cape Provincial Geographical Names Committee who then with Makana Local Municipality undertook public participation with stakeholders.
  • The public participation with stakeholders at these two spheres of government resulted in the proposed names of Rhini, Makana, Makhanda and Nxele (not in order of preference or importance).

Minister Mthethwa would like to urge all South Africans to all be crystal clear about the meaning of name-change in the national effort to transform the country.

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

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TENDER: Service provider to curate and manage South Africa’s participation in the 58th International Arts Exhibition in Venice from 11 May 2019-24 November 2019

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Bid  documents must be submitted to the following address:  The Director-General, Department of Arts and Culture, Private Bag X897, Pretoria, 0001.  Attention Director Supply Chain Management

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Minister Mthethwa to hand over Certificates of Authentication of the Freedom Charter to NARSSA

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa will on Tuesday, 26 June 2018 officially hand over Certificates of Authentication of the Freedom Charter to the National Archives and Records Services of South Africa (NARSSA) and Liliesleaf Trust at the Liliesleaf Heritage Site, Rivonia in Sandton.

The event forms part of the celebrations of the listing and registration of the Freedom Charter in the National Estate Register provided for in the NARSSA legislation. The process and authentication of the Freedom Charter was a process initiated by the South African Heritage Resources Agency (SAHRA), an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, in order to list the Freedom Charter in the National Estate Register.

The year 2015 was declared the year of the Freedom Charter by the former State President of the Republic of South Africa, Mr Jacob Zuma. Since then, different events marked the centenary of the historic document adopted in Kliptown in 1955. Amongst others, was the national oral history conference held in KwaZulu Natal on October 2015, hosted by the National Archives and Records Services of South Africa.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date: 26 June 2018
Time: 10h00
Venue: Liliesleaf Heritage Site, Rivonia in Sandton

Media RSVP: Mthuthuzeli Nqumba at Cell: 074 478 7681 / mthuthuzelin@dac.gov.za

Media enquiries: Contact Zimasa Velaphi at 072 172 8925 /zimasav@dac.gov.za

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Bids received for the appointment of a Travel Management Company to provide travel management services to the Department of Arts and Culture for the period of 36 months

Bids received for the following Tender:

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Minister Nathi Mthethwa to hold Imbizo at Ga-Mafefe Village in Limpopo

The Minister of Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa will hold an Imbizo with practitioners in the arts, culture and heritage sector at Ga-Mafefe village in Limpopo. Minister Mthethwa will also handover musical instruments to some of the local artists as part of government’s commitment to develop arts, culture and heritage sector in all regions of the country.

The Imbizo will mobilise all the role players within arts, culture and heritage sector not only to actively participate in this programme, but also to forge partnerships with government to build a better life for all.

The day will mark a period of intensified activity where the Minister will interact with the ordinary members of the public. This will assist to identify where there are still shortcomings in order to ensure there is continuous effort to improve service delivery.

Whilst Imbizo is an effective forum for enhancing dialogue, promoting public participation and interaction between government and people, it also provides an opportunity for government to communicate its programme of action and the progress being made to improve the lives of the people.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

DATE     : 25 June 2018 (Monday)

TIME      : 10h00

VENUE  : Ga-Mafefe Drop in Centre, Next to Tribal Office, Limpopo Province.

Media RSVP: James Mathibeng at Cell: 078 802 8851 / jamesma@dac.gov.za

Media enquiries please Contact Zimasa Velaphi at 072 172 8925.

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