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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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.
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.
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.
The Department of Arts and Culture has been mandated on behalf of the Republic of South Africa, to create and drive a two-year long mobilisation programme in support of South Africa’s celebration of 20 Years of Democracy and Freedom.
20 Years of Freedom is a countrywide campaign that brings together South Africans from different walks of life to celebrate our national pride and the achievements made since 1994.
As part of the build up to the celebration of South Africa’s 20 years of Freedom on 27 April 2014, the Department of Arts and Culture launched a series of 20 Years of Freedom countdown clocks at a range of public spaces such as malls around the country and at OR Tambo International arrivals.
Hope in history
An African proverb states that: “Until lions have their own historians, tales of the hunt shall always glorify the hunter.” Friday, 7 February 2014, marks the start of a new chapter in South African history whereby the “lions” are given a voice. Those who are forgotten will be remembered. They return to occupy a proud space in our collective memory. On this day at the War Museum of the Boer Republics in Bloemfontein a sod-turning ceremony takes place for the construction of a Garden of Remembrance, including a wall of names, to mark the suffering of women and children in the South African War.
The popular poet Masoja Msiza was the Programme Director, who provided us with exciting performances of some of his poems. A surprise element of the evening was when 12 years old Kimberly Malope, a bright and confident young girl motivated us.
The first Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr. Z Pallo Jordan initiated the project of reprinting the African Classics which were out of print, when he was appointed in 2004. He allocated the task to Prof. Keorapetse Kgositsile, his advisor, who is still today the Advisor to Minister Paul Mashatile.
UNESCO launches the fifth call for applications for funding from the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD).The purpose of the IFCD is to promote sustainable development and poverty reduction in developing and least-developed countries that are Parties to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. The IFCD supports projects that aim to foster the emergence of a dynamic cultural sector, primarily by facilitating the introduction of new cultural policies and cultural industries, or strengthening existing ones.
For the purpose of the IFCD, eligible programmes and projects are activities that have been elaborated and are ready to be implemented. The IFCD will support those that are designed to:
Applications are invited for projects of national significance that are involved in the creation of new works, arts development, arts promotion, facilitate access to the arts and markets. Furthermore, applications that have a strong community base and have been conceived in collaboration with others working in similar fields will be preferable. Projects that celebrate the 20 years anniversary of freedom and democracy are also encouraged to apply. Please note that projects involved in Literature, Visual Arts and Crafts will be invited during the course of the year.
Post-graduate students wishing to pursue arts studies abroad in the fields of Craft, Dance, Literature, Multi-discipline, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts are also invited to apply. Students willing to access NAC funding should be prepared to return to and work in South Africa to support the development of the arts in the country.