Media Advisories 2017 - 2015

05 May 2017

As part of Africa Month celebrations, Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Ms Makhotso Maggie Sotyu, will lead the panel discussions on Archives Awareness Week under the theme:“The Year of OR Tambo: Archives - Promoting Youth Education” on Thursday, 11 May 2017 at Zwelethemba Community Hall in Worcester, Western Cape Province.  The 2017 National Archives Awareness Week will take place from 08 to 12 May 2017.

01 May 2017

The Minister Nathi Mthethwa invites media to the launch of Africa Month on Wednesday, 03 May 2017 at Fountains Valley, Pretoria under the theme “The Year of OR Tambo: Building a Better Africa and a Better World!.

The Month of May is recognised as Africa Month, to celebrate the founding of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963, it was on this date that the 25 May was declared as Africa Day as a symbol of unity amongst all Africans.

21 Apr 2017

High Level People-To-People Exchange Mechanism (PPEM) Between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China

South Africa and the People’s Republic of China will launch the high level People-to-People exchange mechanism from 24-26 April 2017. The South African delegation will be led by Minister of Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa. The Chinese delegation will be led by Vice Premier of the State Council of China Ms Liu Yandong.

19 Apr 2017

The Minister of Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa will lead the media briefing supported by the Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation Mr Buti Manamela.

The purpose of the High-Level People-to-People Exchange Mechanism is to deepen mutual understanding between the peoples of South Africa and China and to enhance People-to-People exchanges and cooperation in areas of, amongst others, culture, education, communications, health, science and technology, sports, tourism, women affairs and youth.

19 Apr 2017

The Inter-Ministerial Committee on the in-coming visit for the High level People to People Exchange Mechanism (PPEM), will brief the media on the state of readiness for this visit. The Minister of Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa will lead the media briefing supported by the Deputy Minister in the Presidency responsible for Monitoring and Evaluation Mr Buti Manamela.  

19 Apr 2017

Kindly take note that Minister Mthethwa’s briefing on Africa Month Programme with Ambassadors and representatives of African Countries has been postponed until further notice.

A new date will be communicated to you in due time.  We wish to apologise for any inconvenience this cancellation may have caused.

DATE                 : 19 APRIL 2017

Media enquiries please contact Lisa Combrinck – Spokesperson for the Minister 082 821 4886 /


18 Apr 2017

Since 2015 the Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with other government departments and institutions has held an extensive Africa Month programme focusing on different activities including dialogues and discussions, dance, music, literature, film, fine art and cuisine featuring participants from South Africa, the rest of Africa and the African Diaspora.

The brief  of the 2017 programme is scheduled to take place tomorrow at Manhattan Hotel, Pretoria at 17:30pm.

07 Apr 2017

Members of the media are requested to apply for accreditation to cover the Freedom Day Celebration that will be held on 27 April 2017 at Manguzi, uMhlabuyalingana Local Municpality, KZN by filling their details on the attached SSA Template.

Closing date for application: Friday, 13 April 2017

For further For RSVP contact:

Mthuthuzeli Nqumba on 074 478 7681 or email;

29 Mar 2017

Programme Director, Mr Kid Sithole

Mam Andy Mafela and the Mafela family

Minister Ngoako Ramatlhodi

Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi

Premier David Makhura

MEC Faith Mazibuko

Mr Lutfo Dlamini, representing Their Excellencies, the Queen Mother and King of Swaziland

Vhamusanda vho- Ligege (Chief of Duthuni Village)

Reverend PB Mokele

Dr Vukile Mehana

Chair of the Living Legends Legacy Programme, Mr Welcome Msomi,

Deputy Chair Mam Letta Mbulu and other Legends present here today

28 Mar 2017

He became politically active at age 17 and stood up against injustice, later joining the African National Congress.  He was among those arrested by apartheid police at a meeting at the Liliesleaf Farm in Rivonia. Alongside his comrades late President Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu and Govan Mbeki, he stood trial. This became known as the "Rivonia Trial". He was sentenced to life imprisonment and hard labour. Kathrada was imprisoned for 26 years on Robben Island.