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16 May 2013

The DAC pledged its support for the centre with a R13 million grant to upgrade and renovate the community hall that includes providing a theatre and outdoor craft market. According to the Minister, who officially handed over the cheque, the department does not believe in the sponsorships, but partnerships. In his remarks, Minister Mashatile said that the R13 million is the beginning of working together in creating a centre of excellence.

11 May 2013

The 19th MTN SAMA festivities was kick-started on the Friday of 10 May 2013 evening with the non-broadcast leg that honours the music industry and those working behind-the-scenes. Dr Thomas Chauke, Sizwe Zako and Johannes Kerkorrel were the recipients of the esteemed Lifetime Achievement Awards presented by last year's recipients, Vusi Mahlasela and Ray Phiri.

10 May 2013

Operation Winter Warm was in full swing in Alexandra, Johannesburg in the early hours of the morning of Friday 10 May 2013.

Minister Paul Mashatile, together with representatives of the South African National Civic Organisation (SANCO) and Al Imdaad Foundation, had their hands full donating hats and gloves to 1 400 children at Zenzeleni Primary School, before heading to central Johannesburg where they distributed a further 1 000 blankets to elderly persons.

06 May 2013

The South African Season in France, set to run between May and December, was officially launched by Minister Mashatile on Monday, 06 May 2013 in Johannesburg. This follows the successful first leg of the French Season held in South Africa last year.

06 May 2013

The department hosted the 2013 annual National Archives Awareness Week under the theme “The role of Records/Archives in Deepening Democracy” between 6-10 May at the National Film, Video and Sound Archives (NFVSA) building in Pretoria.

Artists need to regard themselves as important contributors to job creation and economic growth, said Sibusiso Xaba, Arts and Culture  Director-General.

Mr Xaba was speaking at the launch of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Toolkit and Entrepreneurial Partnership. The Toolkit is an initiative of Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) BASA (an entity of the Department of Arts and Culture), Shanduka Black Umbrellas and the Gordon Institute of Business Science at the Soweto Theatre.

Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile has congratulated the makers of South African film Fanie Fourie's Lobola, which won the Audience Choice Award for Best Comedy at the 19th Sedona International Film Festival in Arizona, US last week.

The film, which opened in local cinemas last weekend, tackles the thorny subject of cross-cultural relationships in contemporary South Africa with humour and honesty.

Fanie Fourie's Lobola also won the Jozi Film Festival Audience Award last month, and according to website Screen Africa has been selected to screen at the 39th Seattle International Film Festival in the US, which takes place from 16 May to 9 June.

"Once again, South African film makers are doing us proud on the international stage," Mashatile said in a statement on Thursday. "This is a great achievement. We are not just sharing our stories with the globe, but also showcasing the world-class talent within our film industry."

Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla will give a keynote address at the closing ceremony of SA/India Festival in India on Saturday, 27 April 2013. The closing ceremony marks the full circle of the SA/India, which began in June to August 2011.

The first leg of the festival in was held in South Africa, which hosted the India festival in five provinces namely Mpumalanga, Limpopo, Gauteng, Kwazulu-Natal and Eastern Cape. The second leg of the festival in India started in February and ends 27 April 2013.

Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Dr Joe Phaahla will give a keynote address at the closing ceremony of SA/India Festival in India on Saturday, 27 April 2013. The closing ceremony marks the full circle of the SA/India, which began in June to August 2011.

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