26 Jun 2014

The Afrikaanse Taalmuseum en -monument in Paarl, in collaboration with the Dorkas and Buzzy Beez Women’s Clubs, will present a knit-athon in celebration of Nelson Mandela Day, on Saturday 12 July.

According to Catherine Snel, Manager of Heritage and Education at the Afrikaanse Taalmuseum, this initiative supports the purpose of Mandela Day to inspire individuals to make the world a better place by spending 67 minute of their time to make a change in someone’s life.  

“We would like to warm the hearts of needy persons and help them to face the winter with a donation of knitted  scarves, jerseys and blankets. We have already formed several groups who are knitting items in aid of this project. We challenge everyone to join us. If you can’t knit, we’ll teach you!”  

30 May 2014

Listen to Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa's interview with Eusebius on PowerFm here: Podcast



28 May 2014

Key thrusts of the Charter
The Charter identifies the next steps that the Department of Arts and Culture, the Department of Basic Education, and the Department of Higher Education and Training, the Department of Science and Technology, the LIS sector, the private sector and civil society should take towards widening access to library and information services in the most cost-effective manner. In preparing the Charter, the Technical Team considered the progress achieved in the last twenty years, took stock of the current position of the sector and of the considerable challenges ahead. The strategies and mechanisms presented are aimed at putting library and information services on a stronger footing and making them more flexible and sustainable.

25 May 2014

President Jacob Zuma announced on Sunday, 25 May that the new Minister of Arts and Culture is Mr Nathi Mthethwa and the new Deputy Minister is Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi. Read more

22 May 2014

More than 100 scholars and academics from all over the African continent and the Diaspora will attend the 4th Annual African Unity for Renaissance Conference (previously called the Scramble for Africa Conference) and Africa Day Expo at the St. George Hotel in Pretoria South Africa from 22 – 24 and 25 May 2014.

The three day conference will be held under the theme: OAU/AU at 50 and Beyond: The Quest for ‘African Solutions for African Problems’ (ASAP). Read more

19 May 2014

Nomination of Candidates to Serve on the Councils of the Department of Arts and Culture’s Declared Cultural Institutions Members of the arts, culture and heritage fraternity as well as the general public are hereby invited to nominate members for the Councils of the following declared cultural institutions:

• Afrikaans Taal Museum
• National English Literary Museum
• Msunduzi/Voortrekker and Ncome Museum
• William Humphreys Art Gallery
• War Museum of the Boer Republics
• Luthuli Museum
• Arts Cape
• KZN Playhouse Company
• South African State Theatre

A Council will consist of at least seven members each, who will be appointed by the Minister of Arts and Culture. At least one member of each Council must have experience in financial matters.

14 May 2014

Two films made by participants of The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment in South Africa will be screened at the Cannes Film Festival on Thursday, 15 May. This prestigious international film festival runs from the 14th to the 25th of May.

The UK film charity Films Without Borders (FWB) joined forces with The President’s Award for Youth Empowerment, and worked with youth from townships and prisons in the making of the two 10 minute films in July last year. FWB taught these young people the first stages of film production and the result was two high quality short films: The Robertson Challenge and Finding Ubuntu /Townships Heroes.

06 May 2014

The Department of Arts and Culture launched the 7th Annual National Archives Week at the National Film, Video and Sound Archives building in Pretoria hosted under the theme ‘Archives for democracy, transparency and accountability’’. The event runs from 05-09 May 2014.  All nine provinces will have a programme of activities that celebrate Archives week.

09 Apr 2014

Proposals are hereby requested for projects in Human Language Technologies (HLT) that are complementary to the Use of Official Languages Act (Act 12 of 2012). full HLT document can be downloaded here

The objectives of said Act, as stated in clause 2, are:

(a) to regulate and monitor the use of official languages for government purposes by national government;

(b) to promote parity of esteem and equitable treatment of all official languages of the Republic;

(c) to facilitate equitable access to services and information of national government; and

(d) to promote good language management by national government for efficient public service administration and to meet the needs of the public.