Vision, Mission and Values


A Dynamic;vibrant and transformed arts,Culture and heritage sector, leading nation building through social cohesion and socio-economic inclusion


The DAC’s mission is to create an enabling environment in which the Arts,Culture and Heritage Sector can flourish and play a significant role in nation building and socio-economic development by:
• Preserving, protecting and promoting the cultural, heritage and linguistic diversity and legacy of South Africa
• Leading nation building and societal transformation through social cohesion
• Enhancing records management structures and systems, and promoting access to information
• Providing leadership to the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector to accelerate its transformation

Constitutional and Legislative Mandate

The primary legislative mandate of the Department comes from the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, which states that:

Section 16 (1) “Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes-

a) freedom of press and other media;
b) freedom to receive or impact information or ideas;
c) freedom of artistic creativity ;and 
d) academic freedom and freedom of scientific research”, and

Section 30 “Everyone has the right to use language and to participate in the cultural life of their choice, but no one exercising these rights may do so in manners inconsistent with any provision of the Bill of Rights”.

Emanating from the White Paper on Arts and Culture and Heritage, the following Acts have been promulgated by Parliament to create institutions in furtherance of the constitutional mandate of the Department of Arts and Culture:

• National Archives and Record Service of South Africa Act, 1996 (Act 43 of 1996)
• Cultural Institutions Act, 1998 (Act 119 of 1998)
 Culture Promotion Act, 1983 (Act 35 of 1983)
• South African Geographical Names Council Act, 1998 (Act 118 of 1998)
• Heraldry Act, 1962 (Act 18 of 1962)
• Legal Deposit Act, 1997 (Act 54 of 1997)
• National Arts Council Act, 1997 (Act 56 of 1997)
• National Film and Video Foundation Act, 1997 (Act 73 of 1997)
• National Heritage Council Act, 1999 (Act 11 of 1999)
• National Heritage Resources Act, 1999 (Act 25 of 1999)
• Pan South African Language Board Act, 1995 (Act 59 of 1995)
• National Library of South Africa Act, 1998 (Act 92 of 1998)
• South African Library for the Blind Act, 1998 (Act 91 of 1998)

Value statement

The DAC is committed to the following core values based on the principles of Batho-Pele:
Patriotism: as loyal PATRIOTS we passionately serve South Africa and its people to build a nation
Ubuntu: CARE and concern for the wellbeing of our staff, customers and stakeholders is the foundation of our success
Innovation: in everything we do, we strive for INNOVATIVE approaches
Integrity: in our day-to-day activities, our INTEGRITY shines through
Professionalism: together we act PROFESSIONALLY to deliver value to the South African economy, its people and ourselves
Accountability: we are ACCOUNTABLE to the people of South Africa in our pledge to provide them with high-quality services by reporting accurately on our performance and commitments, and taking ownership of the task to ensure that it is done correctly the first time around.

Outcome Oriented Strategic Goals and Objectives

1.4.1 A transformed, coherent and development-focused ACH Sector:To drive greater policy and planning coherence in the Sector towards the achievement of sectoral development outcomes.
1.4.2 Nation building through effective social cohesion programme implementation:To lead and coordinate nation building and social transformation through effective social cohesion programmes that promote cultural and linguistic diversity.
1.4.3 A productive, diverse and inclusive ACH Sector:To protect, preserve, promote and develop Arts, Culture and Heritage and advance the socio-economic inclusivity and contribution of the Sector.
1.4.4 A sound governance fiscal management system:To forge sound governance and fiscal management policies,systems and processes that enhance the capacity of the DAC and its entities to ensure the effective and efficient utilisation and leveraging of                   ACH resources for the benefit of all South Africans.
1.4.5 A professional and capacitated ACH Sector:To build the skills and capacity of the Sector to ensure its on-going development and responsiveness.

Alignment with National Development Plan

Social cohesion and nation building

Chapter 15 of the National Development Plan articulates eloquently what needs to happen regarding nation building and social cohesion. The Department of Arts and Culture is central in driving what this chapter pronounces. The Department of Arts and Culture has worked closely with the NPC Secretariat and other relevant department in developing the Medium Term Strategic Framework for the new Outcome 14, which is about the realization of Nation Building and social Cohesion.

Outcome 14 is under the stewardship of the Minister of Arts and Culture and other relevant departments include Department of Sports and Recreation, Department of Justice as well as Department of Women, Children and people with Disabilities.

Job creation and economic development

The Department of Arts and Culture re-engineered its strategic focus during 2009-20014 term of government. Such re-engineering was informed by the government-wide strategic re-orientation that put job creation and economic development at the centre of government priorities together with other eleven priorities. It was then imperative for the Department of Arts and Culture to clearly articulate its contribution to job creation and economic development agenda of government.

This resulted to the development and adoption of the Mzansi Golden Economy strategy whose primary objective is to chat the role of arts and culture sector in job creation and economic development.

A lot of work has been done to quantify statistically the contribution of the arts and culture sector, under the leadership of the Department of Arts and Culture, to economic development. More work will continue into the mid-term through the development of the arts and culture Observatory.

Quality education and rural development

The National Development Plan emphasizes the need to improve schooling and education as well as the need to improve quality of life in rural areas of South Africa. Going into the medium term, the department will continue to make a visible contribution to quality education through ensuring that artists are placed in schools to improve the teaching of arts in basic education. This will not only ensure that a substantial number of artists will be employed but will also increase interests in arts and improve audience development.

Building of arts, culture and heritage infrastructure in rural areas will continue to be the priority of the department as we move into the next medium term. Such infrastructure include libraries, heritage monuments and arts centres. Maintenance of the already built infrastructure will also be central to the department’s priorities.

Apart from developing and investing in our rural areas, such ventures will also create much-needed jobs, as employment of local people will be at the centre of such development.



Alignment with Government Outcomes

Job creation
Outcome 4: Decent employment through inclusive economic growth
Human capital
Outcome 1: Improved quality of basic education
Outcome 5: A skilled and capable workforce to supportan inclusive growth path
Access to information
Outcome 14: Social cohesion and nation building
Linguistic diversity
Outcome 14: Social cohesion and nation building
Development, protectionand preservation of arts,
culture and heritage
Outcome 14: Social cohesion and nation building
Governance andaccountability
Outcome 12: An efficient, effective and development oriented public service


Key Measurable Objectives

In an effort to attain Departmental Vision, the following measurable objectives were pursued and are aligned to the legislative mandate of the department:

a) Coordinate and support the national strategic programs by developing and reviewing policy and legislation and developing systems for monitoring and evaluation.

b) Increase and facilitate access to and broader participation in arts and culture through policy formulation, legislation and equitable funding.

c) Develop, promote and protect the 11 official languages through policy formulation, legislation and the implementation of the language policy in order to allow South Africans to realise their language rights.

d) Increase the access and participation of grassroots arts practitioners in cultural industries economic activities through training, legislation and international opportunities.

e) Ensure the transformation of the heritage landscape as a vehicle for nation-building and social cohesion, through the implementation of heritage policies and legislation.

f) Enable transparency and evidenced-based good governance of archives, records, published information, and the heraldic and symbolic inheritance of the nation through institutional management, regulation and development.