Arts and Culture to host 16th Annual National Oral History

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04 Oct 2019


The Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with Mpumalanga Department of Culture, Sports and Recreation and the Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA) will host the 16th Annual National Oral History opening taking place on 08 October 2019 at Steve Tshwete Banquet Hall in Middelburg, Mpumalanga Province under the theme: “Collective Memories, Disparities and Contents: Reflecting on 25 Years of Democracy”.

The conference will take place over a period of five days from 07-11 October 2019. The opening will be led by the Deputy Minister of Sports, Arts and Culture, Ms Nocawe Mafu. A flag hoisting  will be conducted at a local school.

The Department of Arts and Culture is mandated by the cabinet to lead the National Oral History Programme for South Africa. The program seeks to yield information that will be added to the information already existing in the country’s Archival holdings.

The programme furthermore seeks to assist the communities in retrieving neglected indigenous and community knowledge as a way of promoting social, economic and cultural development.

Members of the media are invited as follows;

Date: 08 October 2019

Venue: Steve Tshwete Banquet Hall, Middelburg in Mpumalanga Province

Time: 08h00

RSVP: Mthuthuzeli Nqumba- 0744787681 or email:

For further enquiries, please contact: Zimasa Velaphi, Head of Communications: cell 072 172 8925 / Email: and Petunia Lessing: 066 301 4645 / Email:

Issued by the National Department of Arts & Culture