12 Jan 2014

Siphiwo Mahala reports on the Johannesburg memorial service for the late great African-American poet, Amiri Baraka, who was a key figure in the Black Arts Movement and supported South Africa’s liberation struggle

A number of prominent South African artists gathered at Museum Africa to pay their final respects to American poet, playwright, essayist, novelist and civil rights activist, Amiri Baraka. The occasion was held on Wednesday 22 January, and organised by the Department of Arts and Culture in collaboration with the wRite Associates.

11 Jan 2014

Today we live in a globalised world, where distance and space have almost disappeared and communities and regions are becoming more integrated. The globe is becoming more densely populated.  Different cultures live side by side and come into daily contact with ea

In 1945 at the creation of the United Nations there were approximately 50 states in existence. Today there are over 200. The explosion in technology and development of all fields of human knowledge, distributed instantly around the globe by the internet and other forms of telecommunication, is at breakneck speed. One of the most powerful tools in influencing the opinions of global citizens is cultural diplomacy.

11 Jan 2014

Music lovers at Buyel’ekhaya Pan African Music Festival, held at the Buffalo Park Cricked Stadium in East London with the support of the Department of Arts & Culture, danced the night away as they were entertained by various African sounds. Buyel’ekhaya is an annual festival held in the Eastern Cape Province. The 2013 celebration came immediately after the passing away of former President Nelson Mandela. This formed part of the series of events held as tribute towards Tata Madiba.

The East London community, young and old, made their way to the stadium in numbers, carrying cooler bags, ready to spend a night enjoying themselves and celebrating the life of the greatest leader of our times, while being mesmerised by the home brewed rhythms of our African music. To kick start the festival, local artists enthralled the audience with their lively sounds and moves.

11 Jan 2014

The ceremony commenced with Cape Town being featured boldly with an image of the famed city’s Table Mountain raised on a canvas backdrop. The ceremony also celebrated some of the location’s top attractions such as carnival, fashion, jazz by energetic Cape Town dancers featuring renowned guitarist, Jimmy Dludlu. The SA navy band led a parade of flags from the 16 nations competing in the tournament - Burkina Faso, Burundi, Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Libya, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Uganda, Zimbabwe and hosts South Africa.

10 Jan 2014

The Confederation of African Football (CAF) will be hosting the third Orange African Nations Championship (CHAN) 2014 in South Africa from 11 January 2014 to 1 February 2014. A total of 16 nations, including the host nation South Africa, will be contesting to be crowned as champions for the CHAN.



The opening ceremony will take place in Cape Town on 11 January and will celebrate:

12 Dec 2013

Pretoria – The Department of State Security has confirmed that the photograph of President Mandela, purported to be of him lying in his casket at the Union Buildings, is a fake.

Government finds it extremely distasteful that a member of the public would engage is such behaviour and manipulate a photograph of President Mandela at this time.

We thank all members of the public who have acted respectfully as they bid farewell to Tata Madiba as he lies in state at the Union Buildings for playing their part.

We appeal to members of the public to please behave with the same dignity and respect as President Mandela lies in the state for the third and final day on Friday 13 December 2013.


Phumla Williams

Acting Government Spokesperson

083 501 0139

Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)

12 Dec 2013

Former President Nelson Mandela Nelson will be laid to rest on Sunday 15 December at his home village of Qunu. His body will be in state at the Union Buildings from Wednesday 11 until Friday 13 December.

A tribute to Nelson Mandela: SABC TV live coverage

The SABC is providing continuous live web stream coverage of events following the passing of former South African president Nelson Mandela.

Condolence books

11 Dec 2013

State theatre and the Arts sector hold tribute concert to commemorate the life of nelson mandela.The State Theatre, Opera Theatre, Pretoria:

VENUE: The State Theatre, Opera Theatre, Pretoria
DATE: Wednesday 11 December 2013
TIME: 18:00 P.M. – 11:00 P.M

09 Dec 2013

List of big screens available at various provinces for the public to access the viewing of commemorative events planned for both memorial and burial services.

Attachment: List of Provincial big screens

Read more

07 Dec 2013

The Department of Sports Arts Culture and Recreation (DSRAC) hosted a street parade themed “Celebrating Africa’s Legacy” on 7 - 8 December 2013. The parade was attended by 21,000 carnival participants from Tshwane, City of Johannesburg (COJ), West Rand, Ekurhuleni and Sedibeng. At the end of the parade, participants joined together in a hip hop festival where final street dance crews were announced.