Deputy Minister Speeches
It has been a sad week in the arts fraternity as we mourn the sudden passing on of two prolific young men, hip-hop artist Nkululeko Habedi, better known as “Flabba” and E-News Channel Africa senior camera operator Elelwani Piet Rampfumedzi, affectionately known as “Dot Comm”.
The founding father of our nation and world renowned icon President Nelson Mandela, said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”
Our Government has declared the month of March as Human Rights Month and subsequently March 21 Human Rights Day to honour those who fought for our liberation and the rights that we enjoy today.
I bring you fraternal greetings from the people and the government of the Republic of South Africa, under the leadership of His Excellency President Jacob Zuma. It is indeed a great honour and a privilege for South Africa to be chosen as the Guest of Honour at the Riyadh International Book Fair.
The Republic of South Africa and the Kingdom of Sweden enjoys cordial diplomatic relations on Cultural Collaboration. We meet at this juncture as South Africans from all walks of life both young and old are celebrating Human Rights Month.
Last week, I joined the students and staff from the School of Languages and Communication Studies at the University of Limpopo, Turfloop, in celebrating the International Mother Language Day under the theme: “Inclusion in and through education: Language Counts”.
I am glad to be part of the University of Johannesburg Science Centre five (5) years of excellence celebrations which symbolises yet another milestone which seeks to take South Africa forward.
I am delighted to be here today with legends in the arts and culture fraternity. It is awe inspiring to have this occasion graced by the presence of so many of our legends and artists whose work I sincerely admire. It is not every day that you find such a calibre of great minds gathered under one roof.
We are gathered here today to pay respect to women and children. Every year from the 25th November which is the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to the 10th December, International Human Rights Day, marks the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, an awareness raising Campaign.
A Buddhist proverb says that: “If we facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking” These words find resonance in this year’s theme for the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children campaign, which says “Count me in. Together moving a non-violent South Africa forward”.