Handing Over Ceremony of Sound Equipment by the Government of Japan to the Government of South Africa for the State Theatre
The Government of Japan will officially hand over the sound equipment to the Government of South Africa for the State Theatre. This is the culmination of a process initiated by the Government of Japan in 2003, when they called for Grant-in-Aid proposals from Government Institutions of South Africa. A number of proposals were submitted to Japan via the Embassy of Japan for their consideration. In November 2004, the Department of Arts and Culture was informed that the State Theatre was selected amongst many applicants as the recipient of the 2004 Grant-in-Aid. The Grant-in-Aid is worth 44,500,000 Japanese Yen (approximately R2, 5 million) and is specifically for the sound equipment. On 24 November 2004, then Ambassador Toshinori Shigeie of the Embassy of Japan in South Africa and Minister Pallo Jordan of the Department of Arts and Culture exchanged Official Notes during the signing of the Grant-in-Aid ceremony. The purpose of the grant is to contribute to the promotion of cultural and artistic activities in South Africa.
In April 2006, the Government of Japan sent a technician from Tokyo to install the equipment and also to train in-house technicians of the State Theatre on the use of the sound equipment. The acquisition and installation phase is over and it is time for the Government of Japan to hand over the equipment and the Government of South Africa to receive it officially.
The handing over ceremony will take place on 03 October 2006 at the State Theatre. Minister Pallo Jordan and Ambassador A Furuya will both be present at the ceremony.