Media Releases 2009 - 2005

25 Feb 2008

On behalf of the South African Government, the Ministry of Arts & Culture and in my personal capacity, I would like to congratulate director Alex Gibney and Cape Town film maker, Don Edkins on winning the Oscar for the Best Documentary Feature: “Taxi to the Dark Side” at the 80th Academy Awards in Hollywood.

This is achievement by a disciplined and focused South African film maker, Mr. Don Edkins and his American counterpart Gibney, has placed them in a position to play a powerful and influential role in the development of African story telling.

This splendid achievement, inevitably, is destined to make a significant contribution to the development and growth of indigenous African film and has once again showcased South African talent on the international movie scene.

11 Feb 2008

This is a splendid achievement for 24-year old Mr. Schoeman who is destined for a bright future in the performing arts, especially music. There is no doubt that he will make a significant contribution to the development and growth especially of piano recital.

Mr. Schoeman’s achievement is an assurance that we have among us young people who are matured visionaries. They are prepared to go to the ends of the earth to raise the South African flag.

It takes a young life whose day-to-day business has been unusual to be awarded the Piano Competition!

We toast the young Mr. Schoeman’s success, and join his peers, fellow competitors, family and the entire music loving community of the country in wishing him the best in his future endeavours.

21 Jan 2008

The Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan has expressed deep concern about the increasing theft of artifacts and heritage objects from the museums, galleries, churches in South Africa.

He was responding to a question raised in Parliament.

“Unfortunately, the Ministry of Arts & Culture does not have specific figures on how many artifacts and/or heritage objects have been stolen from the museums, galleries, castles, churches and any other site in any of the province.

“This is largely because thefts of objects are reported directly to the South African Police Service. Unfortunately, they, too, are not in a position to assist in listing the objects as theft of heritage objects are not recorded as a separate theft category,” said Minister Jordan.

12 Dec 2007

The Ministry of Arts & Culture has pledged R162-million over the next three years to make cultural facilities accessible to persons with disabilities.

The plan was announced by Minister Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan as part of the Government’s plan to improve the plight of people with disabilities.

He said the funds earmarked for the three forthcoming years are R39-million for 2008, R43-million for 2009 and R80-million for 2010.  

“We have detailed information on the provision that has been made for the upgrading of security and access for person with disabilities at the Department’s public entities.

07 Dec 2007

The Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan will host a day long festival not only to bring the people of the country together but to celebrate the triumph of the human spirit over our conflicted past.

The event, dubbed “Reconciliation towards hosting a successful 2010 FIFA World Cup,” will take place at the Union Buildings in Tshwane from 8h00 until late, on the 16 December 2007.

It promises to provide a platform for the diverse and multicultural people of South Africa and other parts of the world to share and exchange cultural experience.

“This event is intended to bring together the diverse and multicultural people of this nation together to celebrate the triumph of our democracy.

28 Nov 2007

The acclaimed producers of Handspring Puppet Company have, once again, been bestowed with an international recognition, The Evening Standard Theatre Award for the Best Design for “Warhorse.” They share this prestigious Award with Rae Smith.  

Of course, countless arts lovers, especially theater, are proud and happy for this splendid achievement. In fact, we deeply honour the founders and producers of Handspring for not only their vision and resilience but making an excellent contribution to indigenous cultural production that has captured the imagination of the world.

Their achievement has not only put this country on the global map but reveals the now obvious fact that South African talent is of world standard, if not above.

19 Nov 2007

In the year 2000 the National Department of Arts and Culture invested funds towards the construction of an arts and crafts studio at Ms Noria Mabasa’s homestead in Venda.

01 Nov 2007

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan has clarified confusion around the Auditor-General’s “qualified report” which claimed R13-million “unexplained expenditure” by the Department.

Minister Jordan has assured parliament that “the qualified audit does not indicate the loss or destruction of any of the assets of the Department of Arts and Culture.”

This was in response to a question by Democratic Alliance’s spokesperson on arts and culture in the National Assembly, Mrs. D. van der Walt.

“The asset register that was provided to the Auditor-General (excel worksheet) for audit purposes, for the 2006/2007 financial year, was a reconciled asset register which excluded assets that were disposed of and/or transferred during the previous year ( 2005/2006 financial year)

30 Oct 2007

The Departments of Arts and Culture, the Department of Defence, the Western Cape provincial government and the City of Cape will co-host commemorative events to mark the 90th anniversary of the SS Mendi and Remembrance Day.

On 21 February 1917, six hundred and sixteen South Africans, who were members of the 50th Battalion of the South African Native Labour Corps, lost their lives when the ship they boarded in Cape Town, the SS Mendi, collided with the SS Darro near the Isle of Wight in the English Channel. The 616 South Africans lost their lives on their way to France to be part of the Allied Forces during the First World War (1914-1918).

07 Sep 2007

The Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan has announced that Thembinkosi Philemon Wakashe has been appointed the new Director General of the Department of Arts and Culture, following a cabinet decision on Wednesday.

Mr. Wakashe is the second Director-General since the Department became independent and autonomous in 2004. He succeeds Professor Itumeleng Mosala who served in the position for four years until March 2007.

Wakashe was born on 29 November 1960.

As a boy, he showed a passionate interest in the arts that won him a scholarship that saw him pursue a BA (Drama) at Wits University which he completed in 1984.