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Minister Nathi Mthethwa to host a National Consultative Indaba on the Second Draft of the Revised White Paper on Arts, Culture & Heritage

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14 Nov 2016

The purpose is to present the Revised White Paper to delegates from across the country for scrutiny, comments and inputs on proposed changes to the dispensation established by the 1996 White Paper on Arts and Culture.

The revised policy framework highlights the fundamental right of all citizens to access and participation in the arts, culture and heritage. It stresses the strategic importance of the sector for social and economic development through expanding capacities to contribute to job creation, the reduction of poverty and the eradication of inequality. For these reasons, the draft paper is aligned to the National Development Plan: Vision 2030 as well as the National Strategy on Nation-Building and Social Cohesion. To transform and reposition the sector, a multi-dimensional model based on diverse   knowledge systems and traditions with an African focus is also outlined in the revised draft policy framework.

It provides a rationale and objectives of the revision and outlines the principles and values which informs the revised policies for the Performing Arts, including Theatre, Dance and Music; Visual Art, Craft and Design; Audio-Visual and Digital Media; Language, Books and Publishing; Creative and Cultural Industries, Heritage, including Museums, Monuments and Statues, Heritage Resources and Sites, National Heraldry and Symbols, Geographical Place Names, Archives and Libraries and Information Services.

`It also covers the need for the provision of facilities and resources in communities. Human resource development and educational and training at basic and tertiary education in the different arts, culture and heritage disciplines is supported. Education and training in policy development, administration, events management and technical skills for the sector, underpinned by research and knowledge production also receive attention. Accordingly, a revised institutional dispensation designed for effective implementation, is put forward.

The revised draft White Paper also stresses the need for effective inter-departmental coordination at national level and coordinated intergovernmental cooperation between national, provincial and local spheres of government. It further provides a framework for a comprehensive policy on cultural diplomacy and international cooperation focused on Africa, the BRICs countries and other parts of the world in partnership with the Department in International Relations and Cooperation. New models for public and private sector funding and financing of the sector form part of the proposals.

Members of the Media are invited as follows:

Date   : Thursday, 17 November 2016

Time   : 08:30

Venue: Cedarwoods Conference Centre, Woodmead, JHB

Media RSVPs: Mthuthuzeli Nqumba, 074 478 7681 and Prince Njaju, 071 997 4820

For more information, please contact Ms Teresa Magidela 060 601 7724/ Ms Zimasa Velaphi 072 172 8925 or Ms Lisa Combrinck: Cell: 082 821 4886