25 Aug 2017

Business and Arts South Africa’s announcement of the 44 finalists for the prestigious annual BASA Awards is especially significant this year as the ceremony celebrates two decades of business and arts partnerships in South Africa.

12 Jul 2017

Overview of the DAC Debut Programme

The DAC in partnership with BASA will be providing knowledge and skills development to emerging artists on the cusp of “making it” to support them with launching/implementing their first album, film, book, etc., and allowing them opportunities to pitch for funding to further support their venture. The programme combines DAC Debut Funding with BASA’s Education, Mentorship, and Young Business Professionals Programmes, as well as opportunities to apply for BASA Supporting Grants should applicants be eligible. Partnerships and collaborations will be important for maximum impact and improved sustainability.

12 Jul 2017

“It is with sorrow and shock that we learnt of the passing of the great musician and inimitable artist, Ray Phiri” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Raymond Chikapa Enock Phiri was born in Mpumalanga in 1947 and started his music career in the late 1960s as a guitarist. His music had its roots in mbaqanga and African jazz. He founded a group called the Cannibals and thereafter Stimela. In Stimela, Phiri rose to great heights, composing and conceptualizing new work and the band achieved platinum-selling albums. He worked with Stimela on Paul Simon’s Graceland album and tours, which he said at the time “is giving every South African musician hope… a chance to be heard by the rest of the world.”

10 Jul 2017

Pretoria - Brand South Africa will this week commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Dakar 1987 Talks, which played a significant role in the road towards democracy. 


14 Jun 2017
The 14th of June 2017 marks the grand opening of a novel South African exhibition at the illustrious Le BHV / Marais in Paris - a department store of the group of Galeries Lafayette. The BHV will showcase a South African way of life, the creative energy of the Rainbow Nation and its international design and cultural capitals: Johannesburg and Cape Town.
07 Jun 2017

“‘OR Tambo in memoriam: Remeniscing on a centenary of struggle, true

    leadership & leadership  values of a liberation stalwart “

The conference is organised by the Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA),in collaboration with the Department of Arts & Culture (National Archives of South Africa )and the Eastern Cape Department of Sport ,Recreation, Arts & Culture

Described by Nelson Mandela as “a great giant that strode the globe like a colossus “’, Oliver Reginald Tambo was a rare breed, a true and selfless leader, an epitome of utmost dedicated people-centred stewardship . Always concerned about the people and the future, Oliver Reginald Tambo made a very prophetic statement in his famous address to MK guerrillas in Angola in 1977 when he said :

05 Jun 2017

In terms of the Cultural Institutions Act, 1998 (Act No. 119 of 1998), the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, hereby invites members of the heritage fraternity and the general public to nominate persons to serve as members of the Councils of the following cultural institutions:

05 Jun 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/Theatres) fraternity and the general public to nominate persons to serve as members of Council of the following Performing Arts Institutions (Cultural Institutions)

29 May 2017

The public is urged to comment and submit written submissions to the DAC or the chairperson of the reference panel, Prof Andries Oliphant ( or 

17 May 2017
The Use of Official Languages Act, 2012 (Act No. 12 of 2012), among other things, aims at promoting the equitable use of the 11 official languages, facilitating access to Government services, knowledge and information and ensuring redress for the previously marginalised official indigenous languages. This Act implies increased demand on language services and properly qualified language practitioners are needed to meet this demand.
The Department of Arts and Culture, therefore, is offering bursaries for students to pursue undergraduate and postgraduate studies in any three (3) of the following areas of study:
• Terminology Development and Management
• Human Language Technology
• Interpreting
• Any of the South African Official Languages with emphasis on nine indigenous languages
• South African Sign Language
• Lexicography
• Language Planning