Deputy Minister Speeches
This year’s conference marks the Sixteenth Annual National Conference of the Oral History in South Africa. We are gathered here to take stock of the gains of our freedom and democracy since 1994. We are called upon to reflect on the beacons and hallmarks of our freedom.
Within two days we mark the birthday of President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, an icon of our liberation and a world renowned statesman. I am reminded by his insightful words when he observed that: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
Fellow Africans, I extend my warmest greetings to all of you. I stand before you today to do just one important assignment, to outline the South Africa Cultural Season programme as part of Department’s Africa Cultural Seasons Programme.
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.
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.
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.
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”.
“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”
Allow me to join fellow South Africans and the Arts fraternity in paying tribute to one of our Living Legends Mama Thandi Klaasen.
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.