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”.

30 Oct 2013

South Africa is the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to participate in the reciprocal Seasons, which aims to give the people of both countries a better understanding of each other’s Arts, Culture and Heritage.

Until December 2013, the French public will be treated to a wide range of over 250 different projects, performances and initiatives across France. Cultural events will be combined with an array of events in other fields: innovation, science and technology, higher education, business, tourism, sport and languages.

The Seasons is in line with the Department of Arts and Culture’s Mzansi Golden Economy strategy, which aims to raise the profile of the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector within the country and abroad, in an effort to create jobs, open up new markets and build sustainable livelihoods for those in the creative industries.

18 Oct 2013

On 27 April 1994 South Africa cast aside centuries of discrimination and oppression to form a new society built on the foundation of freedom and democracy. It marked the end of apartheid rule and introduced a new Constitutional order, wherein all work towards a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society.

However, we must never forget that our road to democracy was not easy and was achieved because of the unyielding sacrifice of thousands of patriots.  The year 2014 presents an opportunity for the people of South Africa, the continent and rest of the world to join us in celebrating the South African story. Read more

14 Oct 2013


Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile today accompanied President Jacob Zuma and his visiting French counterpart, Francios Hollande to a wreath laying ceremony at Freedom Park. The ceremony at Freedom Park is part of the French President's two day state visit to South Africa.

In the picture above, both Presidents are seen signing the Freedom Park guestbook. Earlier today President Hollande and his delegation were officially welcomed to the country by President Zuma and his executive, at the Union Buildings.