Minister Mthethwa hosts BRICS Ministers of Culture at The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, Maropeng

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29 Oct 2018

The Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa  hosts a delegation of BRICS Ministers of Culture to provide a strategic leadership and guidance on how governments can best strengthen collaborations amongst member states, market access, and to promote cultural diplomacy for a broader Government socio-economic agenda. The event forms part of the 10th BRICS Summit recently hosted under the theme, ‘’ BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity  in the 4th Industrial Revolution”.

The BRICS Ministers of Culture  meeting will take place on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in Maropeng, Gauteng.

Amongst other objectives, the Ministerial session will deliberate on the implementation of Cultural Agreements, strengthening of Bilateral Relations, reinforcement of cultural and people-to-people relations, expansion of trade as well as  the promotion of cultural diplomacy.

Led by Minister Nathi Mthethwa,  the BRCIS Ministers of Culture are also expected to adopt and  sign the  declaration of the BRICS Ministerial meeting on Culture –Maropeng  Declaration. Prior to this session, the Department of Arts and Culture will on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 host the BRICS senior officials meeting as a precursor to the Ministerial meeting.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Time: 09h00

Venue: Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, Maropeng in Gauteng.

NB:  Transport available (first come first served)

For further details & RSVPs, please contact Madimetja Moleba at Cell: 066 301 4675 /

For other enquiries, please contact Zimasa Velaphi at cell: 072 172 8925 / or

Minister’s spokesperson: Asanda Magaqa at cell: 072 327 6807 /


Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture