Media Releases 2009 - 2005

14 Sep 2008

The Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA) held its elective conference in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture and the Eastern Cape Provincial Department of Sports, Recreation and Arts and Culture. The conference took place in East London, Eastern Cape on 07-10 October 2008. The oral history enthusiasts who converged at the Regent Hotel came from all corners of South Africa and abroad.

Speaking at the conference, the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Ntombazana Botha emphasised the significance of oral history in our national effort to build a non-racial, non-sexist and peaceful South Africa as envisioned in our Constitution.

09 Sep 2008

The South African Departments of Arts and Culture and Sports and Recreation are honoured to have been invited to participate in the 11th Venice Architectural Biennale.

South Africa first participated in the Venice Architecture Biennale in 2006, which was the 10th staging of the Biennale.  Historically, the Biennale avails a platform for invited nations to show, through architectural practice, the trends, innovations and responses of shapers of the built environment to the context in which they operate.

27 Aug 2008

One of Eastern Europe’s world renowned dance companies, the Bolshoi Ballet Theater will be visiting South Africa in September.

They have been invited by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Z. Pallo Jordan as part of celebrating the theme of “Our Dance, Our Heritage” during Heritage Month.

However, this is part of a cultural exchange programme between the two countries.

Thus they will stage two special performances at the State Theater in Pretoria on the 13th and 14th September.

Since it fell under the artistic directorship of Yelizariev in 1973, the company has toured Europe, Britain, Africa and Asia

08 Aug 2008

The year 2008 marks the 52nd anniversary of the women’s anti-pass march to the Union Buildings in 1956. This historic march marked a turning point in the role of women in the struggle for freedom and society at large. Since that eventful day, women from all walks of life became equal partners in the struggle for a non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.

01 Aug 2008

Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan congratulates Ms. Janet Buckland on being awarded the Shoprite Checkers / SABC 2 Woman of the Year 2008 Award.

It is the first time that a woman who receives an award for Arts Culture and Communication category is actually awarded the overall winner in this annual national competition.

Ms Buckland utilized her love and understanding of the arts, particularly theatre to enrich the lives of South Africans. She is a highly skilled performer and director. She combined these with her skills of fund raising and administration and has been the driving force of a number of projects over many years in the Eastern Cape.

18 Jul 2008

The Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan will host the launch of the Timbuktu script and scholarship exhibition at the Castle of Good Hope in Cape Town on the 7th August 2008.

President Thabo Mbeki will deliver a keynote address at the event.

The exhibition is an integral part of the South Africa-Mali project which was initiated by the President in 2002. As a New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) flagship cultural project, the collaborative programme between South Africa and Mali seeks to conserve the important collection of manuscripts held at the Ahmed Baba institute of Higher Islamic Studies in Timbuktu.

04 Jul 2008

The Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr Z Pallo Jordan told Parliament that no fraud has been committed in the Department for the financial year 2007/08.

He was responding to questions asked by the Democratic Alliance.

“The Department had a clear record as required by PFMA for the year 2007-08. In fact, there were no criminal actions, suspensions or sanctions leveled against any official in the Department,” said Minister Jordan.

Also, questions were raised as to whether Bethelsdorp and the surrounding area has been declared a heritage site.

Minister Jordan said sections of the Bethelsdorp village, such as the Van der Kemp Church were declared national monuments in terms of the National Monuments Act.

21 Jun 2008

The Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr Z. Pallo Jordan told Parliament that his Department could not fund the Naledi Theatre Awards during the 2007/08 because “there were no sufficient funds.”

The Democratic Alliance’s Mrs. Desiree van der Walt asked Minister Jordan when his Department withdrew its sponsorship of this year’' Naledi Theatre Awards and what were the reasons given to the organizers for that.

In a written reply to Mrs. van der Walt, Minister Jordan said the Department had funded the Naledi Theatre Awards since 2005 to assist the sector to establish a recognized token of merit to be given to theatre practitioners annually.

27 Apr 2008

One of Eastern Europe’s world renowned dance companies, the Bolshoi Ballet Theater will be visiting South Africa in September.

They have been invited by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Z. Pallo Jordan as part of celebrating the theme of “Our Dance, Our Heritage” during Heritage Month.

However, this is part of a cultural exchange programme between the two countries.

Thus they will stage two special performances at the State Theater in Pretoria on the 13th and 14th September.

Since it fell under the artistic directorship of Yelizariev in 1973, the company has toured Europe, Britain, Africa and Asia

22 Apr 2008

The main official event to mark the 14th anniversary of South Africa’s Freedom Day celebrations will be held in Cape Town on 27 April 2008. It will highlight the strides we have made towards accelerating a better life for all since our first democratic elections in 1994.

The event, hosted by Minister of Arts & Culture, together with the Provincial Government of the Western Cape - will be held at Turfhall Park, Lansdowne in Cape Town. We will be celebrating the milestone in our history that opened the way for the creation of a democratic, non-racist and non-sexist South Africa based on equality dignity and respect for human rights.

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