11 Apr 2018

In terms of the Cultural Institutions Act, 1998 (Act 119 of 1998), members of the heritage fraternity and the general public are hereby invited to nominate persons to serve as members for the Councils of the following Declared Cultural Institutions:

  • KwaZulu-Natal Museum (Pietermaritzburg)
  • National Museum (Bloemfontein)
  • Freedom Park (Pretoria)

When nominations are submitted, it should be borne in mind that the nominee requires a broad understanding and experience in the field of heritage, broad managerial and financial expertise, legal knowledge, knowledge of marketing and liaison, fundraising, education, cultural/social research, corporate governance as well as a willingness to render community service. The remuneration of the appointed nominees is in line with the remuneration scheme of the National Treasury guidelines.

28 Feb 2018

The U40 is a UNESCO initiative that started in 2018 with the support of Sabrina Ho. This initiative is designed to increase opportunities for U40 women to access funding, infrastructure, equipment and co-production opportunities in the digital creative industries.

The call is open to non-governmental organisations that promote young female cultural entrepreneurs working in the digital creative industries.

The funding is up to US$100,000 per project (Approximately – R1,1 mil).

Colleagues are requested to distribute the above information to respective stakeholders.

The deadline for the applicants to submit their funding requests on-line application platform is 16 April 2018, midnight CET.

Each applicant should first create an account for the on-line application platform at:     

26 Feb 2018
A NEW report which set out to examine the growth and structure of South Africa’s cultural and creative industries trade between 2007 and 2016 has been released by cultural think tank, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO).
Cultural goods exports accounted for 0.46% of the country’s total commodity exports
‘Cultural and Natural Heritage’ and ‘Books and Press’ are the most important cultural exports
The report highlights the need for a promotion of value-added trade in cultural goods and services, both with BRICS and other trading partners.
18 Jan 2018

The Department of Arts and Culture hereby invites members of the public to nominate people to serve as members of the South African Geographical Names Council. The Council consists of no more than 25 members of which 12 are representatives of the provinces, the South African Post Office, Chief Directorate: Surveys and Mapping and the Pan South African Language Board.

The function of the SAGNC is to advise the Minister of Arts and Culture on the standardisation and orthography of proposed new names and the changing, removing or replacing of existing names.

Nominees are to be knowledgeable or have special competencies in the following fields:

• Geography, Surveys and Mapping

• Official and Recognised Languages and Linguistics in general

• Culture, Heritage and Tourism.

Members of the SAGNC do not receive salaries, but are reimbursed for expenses associated with serving on the Council.

28 Nov 2017

In terms of the Cultural Institutions Act, 1998 (Act 119 of 1998), the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa invites members of the performing arts (Playhouse/Theatre) fraternity and the general public to nominate persons to serve as members of Council of the Market Theatre Foundation (Cultural Institution)

Nominated candidates should possess a broad understanding and experience in the field of heritage; performing arts; managerial; financial expertise; legal; marketing and liaison; fundraising; education and cultural/social research; corporate governance, as well as a willingness to render community service. The remuneration of the appointed nominees is in line with the remuneration scheme of the National Treasury guidelines as prescribed in the Cultural Institutions Act as amended.

Anyone wishing to nominate persons to serve as members of Council of the aforementioned Performing Arts Institution (Cultural Institution) should submit the following:

18 Oct 2017
This is a call to all young South Africans using their love for all things creative to build businesses and create sustainable design.
Since 2005, the Department of Arts & Culture and Design Indaba have been empowering emerging creatives, offering them a platform and also helping to open doors for them into the industry. Our finalists have proven, over the years, that they have what is required to take South Africa's economy forward.
13 Oct 2017

The Pan  South  Africa Language Board  (PanSALB)  (“The Board”) was established in terms of the Pan  South African  Language  Board  Act, 1995  (Act  No. 59  of 1995)  (“The  Act”),  to monitor  and evaluate the implementation of multilingualism and  promote and  develop previously marginalised languages

The Minister  of Arts and  Culture,  in  accordance with  section  5(3)(a)  of the  Act, hereby calls  on members of  the  language  fraternity  and  the  general  public  to  nominate  persons to  serve as members of the board.

26 Sep 2017

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 International Federation of Translators, of which South Africa is a member, announces a theme for every year's celebrations, and this year's theme is "Translation and Diversity."

21 Sep 2017
Heritage is often defined as our legacy from the past, what we live with in the present, and what we pass on to future generations to learn from, to marvel at and to enjoy. It can help us become more aware of our own roots, and of our cultural and social identity. Heritage sites can help us learn the beliefs, values and knowledge of the peoples and the civilizations that created them (cultural heritage) or interacted with them (natural and mixed sites, and cultural landscapes). This includes opportunities to learn about tangible and intangible heritage. 
19 Sep 2017

24 September is observed as National Heritage Day, a celebration not only of the past, but of the contribution the South African people in making the country what it is today.

Heritage Day recognises and celebrates the cultural wealth of our nation. South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day.