19 Mar 2014

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) together with the National Library of South Africa (NLSA) has launched the Gates Foundation Global Libraries' Project in South Africa as part of celebrating the South African Library Week. The event took place on Tuesday, 18 March 2014 at the National Library of South Africa in Pretoria.

The grant from the Gates Foundation will enhance the already started work by the Department of Arts and Culture's Community Libraries Conditional Grant which provides internet facilities in public libraries countrywide. A grant of R32 million is set to guarantee more access to, and uninterrupted use of, internet services in communities across the country.  

17 Mar 2014

Earlier this month, local writers Finuala Dowling, Angela Makholwa, and Mongane Wally Serote were invited to attend the Confluences 2014 International Book Fair in Mauritius as part of the cultural agreement between the two countries. The delegation was led by author Siphiwo Mahala from the South African Department of Arts and Culture.

Mahala was interviewed on Morning Live about the trip and says that the authors were excited to find that Thabo Mbeki had joined them in Mauritius for the event.

13 Mar 2014

Deadline: 30 May 2014

The IFPC was established in order to give 'greater prominence to culture in the development of individuals and societies and of strengthening international cultural cooperation,' as well as to provide 'assistance for artistic creation and cultural activities.'

The International Fund for the Promotion of Culture (IFPC) is intended to promote:

  • Cultures as sources of knowledge, meanings, values and identity;
  • The role of culture for sustainable development;
  • Artistic creativity in all its forms, while respecting freedom of expression;
  • International and regional cultural cooperation.


Applications to IFPC are open to:

03 Mar 2014

It is all systems go for the Mapungubwe Arts Festival on the 17th to the 23rd March 2014. All other logistics are in place for the success of the festival to take place in the Limpopo capital City of Stars - Polokwane.

The week-long festival will kick start with the street parade/carnival showcasing the diverse culture of Limpopo from Department of Sport, Arts and Culture building - Olympic Towers to the SABC Park at 10:00 on the 17th of March 2014. The Street carnival will be featuring the following cultural groups: Penny Penny, Combo Maruapula, Rabson Rambuwana and many more.

Between the 18th-19th of March 2014, the department will host Mapungubwe Heritage theatre featuring Paul Rapetsoa at Jack Botes Hall at 17:00.

The gospel festival line - up of artists for 22nd March includes Winnie Mashaba, Worship House, Solly Moholo, Taki and Rofhiwa, Sifiso Ncwane, Rebecca Malope, Debra Frazer, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Sinky Mathe and many more.

25 Feb 2014

South Africa has a good story to tell, an amazing story about great triumph over adversity. 2014 is a momentous year for government and the people of South Africa as we tell the story of our democracy; a young democracy lauded the world over for bringing to one a once bitterly divided nation.
Since our democracy the public service has been faced with an enormous responsibility to provide access to government services to previously disenfranchised individuals and to do so in a manner that restores dignity and upholds Constitutional order.
Today we tell a good story of the past 20 years. It is a good story, all things being equal.
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24 Feb 2014

When I first read Mbulelo Vizikhungo Mzamane’s Mzala (1980), a series of comical short stories about the misadventures of township life, the short story genre instantly became my favourite. At the time the author was also the vice-chancellor and principal at the university I was attending.

The year was 1995 and I was a first year student at the University of Fort Hare. Mzamane was the first post-apartheid vice-chancellor. It would paradoxically become the highest and the lowest point of his career. In later years he would confess that it was not in his interest to be at the helm of the university. He always saw himself as a teacher: he wanted to teach.

19 Feb 2014

Morning live interview(video) Monica Newton on the Photographic Exhibition of the Rise and Fall of Apartheid. Watch the interview here. in this interview the speaker explains what is this exhibition is all about.

 ‘Rise and Fall of Apartheid’ features the work of more than 70 South African photographers and artists, including over 800 images, 27 films, and a book. in this clip Monica Newton. The six-month long exhibition provides a platform for conversation about how far we have come and the road travelled. It also provokes interest in the photographers themselves.

17 Feb 2014

Business and Arts South Africa is issuing a call for arts organisations to become a recipient of the BASA | Middel & Partners SED Programme.

Inaugurated in 2013, the programme provides a simplified on-line platform for businesses to channel their Socio-Economic Development (SED) contributions towards arts and culture, thus maximising their SED points on their B-BBEE scorecard.

The beneficiaries must be arts organisations that are both registered as an NPO and have 85% or more black beneficiaries.