Deputy Minister Speeches

12 Oct 2017

This year marks the 14th annual national oral history conference organized by the Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA), the National Archives of South Africa and the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture in Eastern Cape.

03 Oct 2017

I welcome you all this morning to the 18th Annual Conference of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA). Congratulations to LIASA for reaching teenage years. It is now an opportune time to re-imagine the significance and impact of library services in our country.

23 May 2017

As I make my maiden speech today in Parliament as the new Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, I would like to immediately convey my gratitude to Minister Mthethwa and the entire Department for warmly welcoming me in their midst.

04 Mar 2017

I am delighted to be part of this remarkable event of the Fourth Annual Ungasali Storytelling Festival hosted by the Freedom Park under the theme: “My Story, the Story of My Future”.

31 Jan 2017

“The richest place on earth is the graveyard, because it is filled with great songs which were never sung, paintings which we have never seen, books that were never written, poetry that was never read. The graveyard is filled with great powerful men and women who never poured out their gifts and talents for the benefit of society”

25 Jan 2017

Allow me to join fellow South Africans and the Arts fraternity in paying tribute to one of our Living Legends Mama Thandi Klaasen.

17 Nov 2016

It feels good to be back here at Tshwane School of Music. I made a commitment to adopt this school as a special project during the launch of the Mafikizolo Reunited Tour.

11 Oct 2016

This year marks the 13th annual national oral history conference organized by the Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA). This conference is aptly titled: Chanted Memories and Anniversaries: Celebrating Our Common Past(s).

29 Jun 2016

We mark the beginning of the 2016 National Arts Festival as the Youth Month draws to a close. This year we commemorated 40 years since the landmark June 16 student uprising in Soweto.

06 Jun 2016

The people of every great country are bonded by their history.Their cultural landscape is enriched by the patina of the buildings, monuments, sites and other places of meaning which reflect the events and layers of experiences and processes throughout the centuries.

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