21 Oct 2015
Anglo Boer War_AdEveryone should be able to learn about the history of the South African War (Boer War), Parliament were told on Monday,19 October 2015.
The select committee on education and recreation said in a committee report, after a visit to review the Anglo-Boer War Museum in Bloemfontein, that more must be done to make this piece of history part of the school curriculum.
In the report, the Department of Arts and Culture was urged to make sure the museum is classified correctly.
"This will help to stifle perceptions on which it is seen as an exclusive Afrikaner Museum as the trend was among certain population groups in asserting Afrikaner history as their own."
The purpose of the review visit was to assess transformation at the museum.
According to the committee, there is still a perception that the museum is not accessible to everyone.
29 Sep 2015
Tell Me Sweet Something tells the story of Moratiwa (Nomzamo Mbatha), an aspiring writer who owns and runs a bookstore in the heart of Johannesburg. The bookstore, like her love life, is not experiencing much success. This all changes when she meets and falls in love with the unlikeliest candidate in the world, Nat (Maps Maponyane), a male model, who has never read a book in his life and is desperate to be loved for his mind not his body.
15 Sep 2015
International Translation Day (ITD) was launched in 1953 by the International Federation of Translators. It is celebrated worldwide every year on 30 September, the feast day of St Jerome, who is the patron saint of translators. The day presents an opportunity for paying tribute to the work of translators, terminologists, interpreters and language practitioners in general who endeavour to make the world a slightly smaller place by breaking down language barriers and allowing great literature to be enjoyed far more widely. Dedicated events, seminars, workshops, conferences and symposiums are held across the world to celebrate ITD.
The day itself coincides with the feast day of St. Jerome, a Christian scholar and priest who was the first person to translate the Bible into Latin from the original Hebrew, making it accessible to a far wider audience.
19 Aug 2015
On behalf of the Board, we are happy to introduce to you Dr Rakwena Reginald Mpho Monareng who has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of PanSALB with effect from 1 July 2015.
Dr Rakwena Reginald Mpho Monareng has been the Head of the Language Unit at the University of Johannesburg since its inception on 1 June 2008. In this capacity he was involved in language matters in high ranking executive committees such as the Senate Language Committee, Institutional Forum, Transformation Forum. He was involved in other organisations beyond the university such as HESA Transformation Task Team and Parliamentary Constitutional Review Committee.
12 Aug 2015
As South Africa celebrates Women’s Month throughout August, the National Arts Council (NAC) continues to empower a wide range of women working in all aspects of the creative industries nationwide. Of the R17 million awarded by the NAC this year, over one-third went to women-led projects in the fields of theatre, dance, music, visual arts, craft, literature and multi-discipline.
11 Aug 2015
The National Film and Video Foundation , is once again extending a call to South African producers to submit their films for entry into the 88th Annual Academy Awards (Oscars). The Academy has opened a call for entry for Best Foreign Language Film Award, inviting South Africans to submit their feature films for consideration.
The closing date for submission is the 4th of September 2015. The South African Selection Academy Committee will choose one film as the country’s official submission for the Foreign Language Film Award. A foreign language film is defined as a feature-length motion picture produced outside the United States of America with a predominantly non-English dialogue track.
To be eligible for entry:
11 Aug 2015
Are you an arts writer, broadcaster or photographer in traditional media or publishing online? Then it’s time to get your portfolio together, because the National Arts Festival and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) are calling for entries for the third annual 2015 South African Arts Journalist of the Year Awards (SAAJAs).
“We’re looking for journalists who help spark and shape conversations around the arts; whose passion for the arts is palpable in their work; and whose journalism is deeply rooted in the ethics of their profession,” says Festival CEO Tony Lankester.
Journalists – or their editors – may submit as entries portfolios of work or individual items published between 1 January 2014 and 31 July 2015. Competition content categories span news, feature and review work, published in either written, visual, multimedia or audio formats.
07 Aug 2015
The National Arts Council (NAC) will be recognised this morning (Friday, 7 August) by the Auditor-General South Africa, Thembekile Kimi Makwetu, for receiving a clean audit for the 2014/2015 financial period.
This is the first clean audit the entity has received since its inception in 1997. In addition to the award, the NAC has also achieved 90% of the targets stated in its Annual Performance Plan.
The NAC is a development funding agency mandated by the Department of Arts and Culture to develop and promote excellence in the arts by making grants to individuals and organisations. Clean audits are awarded on the basis of public entities being financially sound and managerially stable.
Unlike private sector audits, the Auditor- General’s scope in the public sector is broader, reporting on performance against predetermined objectives as well as compliance with applicable laws and regulations.
31 Jul 2015
1 August 2015 marks the celebration of the African New Year (Selemo sa Basotho) with the aim of giving way to new life after the dry season, normally known as winter season according to Gregorian Calendar, relying on the position of the moon, the natural indicator of the season rotation.
The Basotho calendar commences after the last days of winter season in August/Phato known for blowing winds, clearing Mother Earth and refreshing the land with showers of spring.
The Basotho people celebrate the beginning of the year with different rituals, e.g. Mokete wa lewa- where celebrations commence after harvesting, to thank God and the Ancestors for the food harvested.
Outreach programmes aiming at awareness and adding flair to the African New Year Celebration and services of the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation will unfold as follow:
21 Jul 2015

Once again the Field Band Foundation partnered with the Department of Arts and Culture to host the Regional Championships on Saturday, 18 July in Kagiso, Johannesburg. The Field Band Foundation was established in 1997 and as a Section 21 Company.  The Foundation provides a unique yearlong residential education to train trainers and help members become tutors in new bands.  They also participate in international exchange programmes where cross-cultural learning is encouraged. Members with disabilities and young girls are given the same chances as their peers.