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

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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

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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.

15 Nov 2013

Invitation to Top Crew Be a " FilmMaket" Auditions, 16 Nov at the Diepsloot Community Hall. These is the initiative of Top Crew Home Brew Movies in collaboration with the Department of Arts and Culture. [read more]

04 Nov 2013

la Foire Gastronomique de Dijon
November 2013

The 83rd International Dijon Gourmet Fair opened in Paris last night, 31 October, and runs until 11 November, 2013. South Africa, along with the wine-growing region of the Western Cape, has been dubbed the ‘guest of honour’. The country’s rich history, heritage, landscape, architecture, cultural diversity, authentic gastronomy, and centuries-old vineyards make it an attractive destination to the French audience.

The gastronomy fair’s highlight will be the South African Cultural Pavilion, where South African Tourism France will promote the country’s gastronomy, art and crafts, and tourism infrastructures, as well as showcase a selection of wines representative of the Western Cape Province’s production.

31 Oct 2013

The South African Season in France 2013 is a tribute to the struggle for freedom and our choice of reconciliation over racial division. The South African Season aims to give the French audience a glimpse into our young democracy, but also to remember the efforts made by the country’s artists in fighting for freedom and democracy.

Although Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile did not attend the Paris opening of A Portrait of South Africa: George Hallett, Peter Clarke & Gerard Sekoto, he did share a message with the gathered audience. “With less than six months to go before we celebrate 20 years of freedom, we are proud and pleased to share with the people of France, who stood with us in our fight for liberation, the work of these artists who capture the struggles of that time so beautifully. It is important, as we mark our passage from apartheid to democracy, that we also give voice to our untold stories of that era”.