08 Sep 2014



Minister Nathi Mthethwa launched Heritage Month 2014 on 31 August under the theme: “Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy: Tell Your Story that Moves South Africa Forward”.

Heritage Month recognises aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and intangible: creative expression such as music and performances, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the popular memory.

25 Aug 2014

The Department of Arts and Culture invites applications for bursaries for students who wish to pursue studies in heritage courses. The bursary will finance both undergraduates and post graduates in the following fields:

Fields of study

  • Archaeology (marine, etc.)
  • Archives and records management
  • Conservation of the built environment
  • Restorative and preventive conservation
  • Collections (cultural & natural) management
  • Heritage resources management
  • Museum management and curatorship
  • Courses that contribute to the preservation and promotion of S.A. Living Heritage


22 Aug 2014

Applications are now open for arts organisations in Limpopo to become part of Business and Arts South Africa’s 2014 BASA Basics programme.

The six-month long programme is part of BASA’s newly developed three-tiered Education Programme.  Started in 2014, the initiative is an integral part of BASA’s commitment to developing innovative educational programmes that seek to ensure the relevance and sustainability of the arts in society. 

BASA Basics has been specially created for arts organisations and individuals wanting to start a for-profit or not-for-profit organisation.

It will introduce emerging artists to the legal registration options and processes available in terms of establishing an arts organisation. BASA Basics is additionally focused on enabling arts organisations to emerge from the programme with a workable business model that will play an important role in taking their organisation forward.

18 Aug 2014

Members of the heritage fraternity and the general public are hereby invited to nominate members for the Council of the National Heritage Council (NHC).

The Council will consist of at least five members, who will be appointed by the Minister of Arts and Culture. For a person to be appointed as a member of the Council, he or she must have special competence, experience or interest in the field of heritage.

When nominations are submitted, it should be borne in mind that the nominee requires a broad understanding of heritage, broad managerial and financial expertise, legal knowledge and knowledge of marketing and liaison, fundraising, education and cultural/social research, and particular expertise in the field of work of the NHC, 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.

18 Aug 2014

The National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and the South African Film and Television Awards Committee have extended the closing date for applications for the 09thSouth African Film & Television Awards (SAFTAs) to 28 August 2014. The SAFTAs, managed under the custodianship of the NFVF, are an industry initiative governed by the SAFTAs committee and thebody of industry representatives comprising of the broadcasters, SASFED and otherkey stakeholders.

Only television and film programmes that have been produced and publiclyexhibited or broadcast between 1 Aug 2013 - 31 July 2014 and feature filmsproduced & publicly exhibited between 1 Jan 2014 - 31 December 2014 will beconsidered. Only productions that are entered will be eligible for consideration.

15 Aug 2014

The Department of Arts and Culture placed an open call for Cultural Events, Touring Ventures and Public Art projects in June 2014. Based on a new set of guidelines and forms a total of 936 proposals were received, of which (78%) were for Cultural Events,(14%) were for Touring Ventures and (8%) were for Public Art projects. The total value of these proposals was in excess of R1,1 billion - an amount far exceeding the available funds. As outlined in the chart below the largest number of applications was received from Gauteng (49%), followed by the Western Cape (11%) and Mpumalanga (10%).


The eight-member panel has concluded its review of applications and identified the following broad challenges:

15 Aug 2014

Naturally the discussion revolved around the SA Year in China 2014 and upcoming, reciprocal Chinese Year in SA 2015 as part of the Seasons, Cultural diplomacy partnership.

14 Aug 2014

Minister Mthethwa with the Nakasa family as they visit Nat Nakasa’s grave for the first time in 49 yrs - Ferncliff Cemetery, Westchester, New York #nakasahomecoming

The late writer and journalist, Nat Nakasa's only surviving sibling, Gladys Maphumulo, described his exhumation and repatriation to South Africa as a long battle that has finally been won. The viewing ceremony is the last opportunity to visit the gravesite before it is sealed for exhumation.


14 Aug 2014

The anthology of essays in the research report Nation Formation & Social Cohesion: An Enquiry into the Hopes and Aspirations of South Africa could not have come at a better time than now. It is a striking and original analysis of the struggle for national identity, nation building and social cohesion from the 19th Century to date.

Significantly, it is directly relevant to gauging the progress and problems that we have made, especially in the last two decades of democracy and freedom. Indeed, it is an important contribution to defining and clarifying the unfinished socio-economic and political agenda of socio-economic transformation, nation building and social cohesion that is still before us, as a nation in transition.

13 Aug 2014

The National Arts Council invites post graduate students and registered education and training institutions that are involved in studies or provide tuition in the fields of theatre, dance, crafts, literature, music and visual arts to submit applications for bursary funding.

This invitation also extends to students applying for Bachelor of Technology degree in the arts. Applications invited are for individual post graduate studies and block institution bursaries for undergraduate students who will be studying in South Africa during 2015.

  • Closing date: 12 September 2014 at 16h00
  • Outcomes available on 10 December 2014

Please note that late and incomplete applications will not be considered at all and no exceptions will be made.