Media Advisories 2014 - 2010
South Africa will celebrate Freedom Day on the 27 April 2014 at the Union Buildings, Pretoria under the theme: “South Africa – A Better Place to live in”. This year’s Freedom Day marks 20 years of Freedom and Democracy celebrations. On this day in 1994, South Africans of all races cast their votes in the first ever democratic election, giving birth to our freedom and constitutional democracy. South Africa has since transformed; we are a people united by our love for our country and our common goal of working towards a better life for all.
This Friday, 25th April will be the final Freedom Friday ahead of Freedom Day on Sunday 27th April, when we will officially mark 20 years of democracy in South Africa.
The Department of Arts and Culture, together with partners Lead SA, Proudly SA and Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) will be hosting a short celebration to mark this historic occasion.
The public are invited to show their national pride and join the festivities at the Rand Show on Friday morning.
Flags, pins and badges will be handed out.
President Zuma will address the nation at the Freedom Day celebrations marking 20 years of Freedom and Democracy in South Africa. This momentous occasion which takes place under the theme “South Africa – a better place to live in” will be held on Sunday, 27 April 2014 at Union Buildings Grounds in Pretoria.
The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile and the Premier of Limpopo Mr Stanley Mathabatha will attend a sod turning ceremony to mark the beginning of construction of Nwamitwa Cultural Village. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, 17 April 2014 at Nwamitwa village next to Tzaneen in Limpopo Province.
The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) supports the project financially. Cultural villages are a growing phenomenal in the South African Cultural and Heritage landscape. They document communities’ unique cultures and traditions.
The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile will conduct the sod turning ceremony for the establishment of Nwamitwa Cultural Village and Museum. The cultural village is aimed at preserving and promoting the culture of the Valoyi Community in particular and the VaTsonga in general. The ceremony will take place on Thursday, 17 April 2014 at Nwamitwa village in Limpopo Province. The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) is funding the entire project.
It is with a deep sense of shock and sadness that we learned of the passing of Ngaka Julius Mpubane Rakgetse on the 28th March 2014. The traditional, cultural and indigenous knowledge communities have been robbed of an innovative healer and philanthropist whose gift of healing has touched many lives.
He was born in1951 in Maleoskop (Thabantsho) next to Groblersdal in Limpopo Province, South Africa.
The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile will sign a Shareholders Compact (Performance Agreement) with the leadership of 27 public entities that report to him on Friday 4 April 2014. The Department of Arts and Culture has established various public entities to assist it in implementing its mandate. The Department has an interest in ensuring that its public entities are better managed and accountable through sound corporate governance and performance management systems. This practice ensures that there is greater impact through integrated and coherent plans.
Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile and Minister of Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Mr Collins Chabane will launch Freedom Month on Thursday, 3 April 2014 at Government Communication and Information System. The theme for the 2014 Freedom Month celebrations is “South Africa - a Better Place to live in.
ibusiso Xaba, The Director General of the Department of Arts and Culture will officially launch and make available the completed Craft Business Guide on 31 March 2014. The guide was submitted to the Deputy Director General, Ms Monica Newton by the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI).The Department appointed the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) to develop a business guide for crafters and other stakeholders in the sector.
Arts and Culture Minister Mr. Paul Mashatile will launch the South African leg of the South Africa/United Kingdom on Tuesday, 25 March 2014 at Emoyeni, Parktown in Johannesburg. The British High Commissioner to South Africa, Her Excellency Mrs Judith MacGregor will also speak at the event.