Media Advisories 2017 - 2015
As part of Africa Month celebrations, the Department of Arts and Culture will conduct a series of colloquia under the theme, “The Year of OR Tambo: Building a Better Africa and a Better World” to celebrate the legacy of OR Tambo and to promote African Unity.
This year’s Africa Month celebrations focuses on: The Year of OR Tambo: Unity in Action.
Given the lingering legacy of colonialism and apartheid, it is opportune that in honour of the contribution of ANC President and stalwart, Cde OR Tambo, this year’s Africa Month is dedicated to him.
As part of Africa Month activities, the Department of Arts and Culture, through Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE), funded the Africa Unite Through Arts and Culture Expo that will takes place from 20-21 May 2017 in NASREC, Soweto.
Minister Mthethwa said, “in the period that marks Africa month, it is my great pleasure to congratulate one of Africa’s foremost media personalities, Trevor Noah on winning this prestigious award. We are thrilled and very proud of him for continuing to fly the South African flag high”.
Noah’s career spans over 15 years and he has seen a meteoric rise since Taking over The Daily Show from John Stewart and won in a highly contested category which included the likes of renowned American hosts that include Ellen DeGeneres and RuPaul.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 / LisaCo@dac.gov.za