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11 Aug 2014

The lack of clear guidelines pertaining to museums in South Africa is a great source of concern. The Department of Arts and Culture has therefore developed the draft National Museums Policy.  This Policy remains a key in unlocking the potential of South African museums.

11 Aug 2014

Former DRUM journalist Nat Nakasa’s remains are due to be interred back at home in South Africa in September after being buried in exile for close to five decades. The mortal Nakasa will be reburied in Chesterville Township to coincide with Heritage month.

Nakasa left South Africa 50 years ago on an “exit permit”—meaning he would not be allowed to return to his country— to take up the Nieman Fellowship at Harvard University, and died the following year in New York. In honour of Nakasa’s significant contribution to journalism, DRUM and the Department of Arts and Culture present an opportunity for three university journalism students to win journalism internships.

08 Aug 2014

President Jacob Zuma will deliver a keynote address at the national Women’s Day Commemoration on Saturday, 09 August 2014 at King Zwelithini Stadium, Umlazi Township, KwaZulu-Natal Province. The theme for Women’s Month is “Celebrating 60th Anniversary of the Women’s Charter and 20 years of Freedom: Together Non-racial and Non-sexist South Africa Forward!”

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08 Aug 2014

The National Film and Video Foundation has released its South African Box Office Report for the first half of the year. The report shows that local productions generated R33 million in revenue, up 43% from the same period in 2013 which generated R23 million. Foreign gross revenue however declined by 10% from R385 million to R348 million, and the total gross revenue fell by 6% from R408 million to R382 million.

A total of 111 films were released at the box office between 3 January and 28 June, 12 of those were local films. Films that performed well at the Box Office included Amazing Spider Man 2 which earned R21.8 million, followed by Rio 2 (R21.1 million) and X-Men: Days of Future Past with box office takings of R16.9 million. Pad Na Jou Hart was the local film which performed the best in the period under review, receiving over R11 million in gross revenue.

07 Aug 2014

The Department of Arts & Culture invites persons who are interested in the field of HLT to apply to serve as members of its ministerial HLTEP. The aim of the Panel is to advise the Department on issues relating to HLT. HLT activities are in line with the constitutional provision that requires that practical and positive measures be taken to elevate the status and advance the use of South Africa’s official languages. HLT activities initiated and supported by the Department seek to achieve this through the development and use of technology.

Duties:

  1. Advise the Department in matters relating to HLT,
  2. Assist in the evaluation of HLT project proposals and outputs, and
  3. Attend 2 to 4 HLT meetings per annum at the premises of the Department.

Requirements: Nominees should be active in the HLT field.

05 Aug 2014

The lack of clear guidelines pertaining to museums in South Africa is a great source of concern. The Department of Arts and Culture has therefore developed the draft National Museums Policy.  This Policy remains a key in unlocking the potential of South African museums.

01 Aug 2014

This is the second draft Charter drawn up through the National Women's Coalition structures, and approved at the National Conference on 27 February 1994

PREAMBLE:

As women, citizens of South Africa, we are here to claim our rights. We want recognition and respect for the work we do in the home, in the workplace and in the community. We claim full and equal participation in the creation of a non-sexist, non-racist democratic society.

We cannot march on one leg or clap with one hand. South Africa is poorer politically, economically, and socially for having prevented more than half of its people from fully contributing to its development.

Recognising our shared oppression, women are committed to seizing this historic moment to ensure effective equality in a new South Africa.

For decades, patriarchy, colonialism, racism and apartheid have subordinated and oppressed women within political, economic and social life.

28 Jul 2014

The Durban International Film Festival announced its award-winners last night at the closing ceremonof the festival’s 35th edition at the Suncoast CineCentre Supernova, prior to the screening of its closing film, Million Dollar Arm. The announcement comes as the festival rounds off a very successful year, with significant increase in attendance with many films screening to sold-out audiences. Festival Manager Peter Machen says of this year’s event: “I was extremely happy with the success of DIFF 2014, and it was very gratifying to witness both the large amount of sold-out screenings and also the huge enthusiasm for the festival, both from local audiences and from the hundreds of guests attending the festival from around the world.”

24 Jul 2014

This week the Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Embassy of Argentina host the Argentinian Cultural Week in South Africa, to strengthen the exchange of creative ideas and human relations. Artists from both countries collaborate in dance pieces amongst other forms of art.

The Argentinian Cultural Week includes a line-up of exhibitions, dance performances, a theatre production and music collaborations. It is the first of many events to run from July until the end of 2015 as part of a continuing artistic exchange programme between Argentina and South Africa. “This is the first programme of its kind to be initiated between Argentina and an African country and we look forward to a long and creative relationship,” says Argentina’s ambassador, Carlos Sersale.
WHEN July 22–26
WHERE Various locations in Johannesburg

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