Media Releases 2009 - 2005
The Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan has announced that the National Film and Video Foundation has contributed R750 000 funding towards the making of the movie, “More than Just A Game.”
The movie – about a soccer team in Robben Island in the 1960s to 1980s - is produced by renowned South African film-maker, Anant Singh.
“I am aware that the total budget for the film was in the region of R15-million. We respect the decision of the NFVF to make a small contribution that shows support for the efforts of some of our outstanding talent in the film sector.
The beginning of August marks the commencement of a number of events planned to celebrate the national Women’s Month. Government and its social partners such as the Progressive women’s Movement of South Africa and the general gender machinery structures have planned workshops, exhibitions, sports events, music shows, seminars and many other activities to mark this important month on the national calendar. Women’s month provides an opportunity to reflect on the gains made in our combined efforts to foster gender equality in all sectors of our society.
The Department of Arts and Culture and the Northern Cape Provincial Government will co-host the national Women’s Day celebrations at Galeshewe Stadium, Kimberly. There will be other events prior to August 9 and beyond in both the Northern Cape Province as well as in other provinces.
Arts & Culture Minister, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan launched the biggest and most ambitious programme to promote indigenous African language through literature at the Cape Town International Book Fair on Sunday night.
More than 300 people, including publishers, printers, academics, writers and other guests applauded the invitation to writers to promote and preserve indigenous languages through writing.
This was at the re-launch of the South African Book Development Council, a body that provides for all stakeholders in the publishing sector, which took place at the Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town.
“Let the word go out to all who write, if you want to write or think you can write, this is an open invitation to you. We want to see your works in print.
A misleading impression is being created that the Department of Arts & Culture does not care about the threat that piracy poses for South African musicians.
Over the last few years, the Department of Arts & Culture has been aware of the efforts of various personalities and ad-hoc committees to fight piracy and trade in counterfeited music products.
We want to state categorically that the right of South African musicians to fair remuneration for their talent and exertions has been among the priorities this Department has pursued since its establishment in 2004.
Over the past seven years the Department initiated the Music Industry Task Team ((MITT) whose report and recommendations have assisted us to develop holistic strategies to address the problems of the music industry.
The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Paul Mashatile appointed a new board for the National Film and Video Foundation. At a ceremony to announce members of the new Board, Mr. Mashatile told them that they could not have joined Board at a better time. He said so because the Department of Arts and culture will hold a two-day Summit to discuss a new strategy to reposition the arts, culture and heritage sector. The draft strategy emphasises the sector’s contribution to job creation. Mashatile invited all members of the board to attend the Summit so that they can contribute to the final strategy. “I want you to work with me to create a new era for the sector and particularly film in your case. Convince me with your ideas and I will convince my Cabinet colleagues that our sector is one of the top job-drivers and therefore should receive more resources.
For the past 13 years, South Africa has celebrated the achievement of freedom and democracy on 27th April every year.
The Minister of Arts & Culture, Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan says freedom and democracy gave birth to a new culture of human rights in South Africa.
“Central to the new culture of human rights is the promotion of equality in all spheres of life, non-sexism and non-racialism to ensure that we continue building partnerships to eradicate poverty and underdevelopment.
“Our collective commitment towards the achievement of these goals will ensure that we indeed build an economy that that benefits all,” says Minister Jordan.
Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan, Minister of Arts & Culture congratulates the South African writers and indeed all the authors short listed for the 2007 Commonwealth Writer’s Prize. This annual prize for fiction rewards writers from the Commonwealth.
I want the men and women singers of the Soweto Gospel Choir to know that I and millions of South Africans sincerely commend them for the splendid contribution they are making to indigenous African choral music. Their achievement demonstrates that South African talent not only has the potential to raise its voice, compete with its international counterparts, but is of world class.
The winning of a Grammy Award: Best Traditional World Music Album, marks yet another high point for South African Arts and Culture.
We have noted with keen interest the controversy generated by Bok van Blerk’s song about Anglo-Boer War General Koos de la Rey which has become a talking point in certain cultural circles because of its supposed popularity among right-wing White Afrikaans-speakers.
In fact, the magazine, Huisgenoot has asked the Ministry of Arts & Culture to comment on the song and the coded message, if any, it is said to contain.
Sadly, the popular song is in danger of being hijacked by a minority of right-wingers who not only regard De la Rey as a war hero but want to mislead sections of Afrikaans-speaking society to think that this is a “struggle song” that sends out a “call to arms.”
I want the shining stars of the performing arts, lead vocalist Zolani Mahola and poet Lebohang Mashile to know that I and millions of other Africans deeply honor them for the splendid achievement of putting indigenous African creative talent on the world map.
Their significant achievements is a further confirmation to the world of the obvious fact that South African talent not only has got the potential to stand firm, compete with international counterparts but is of world class and standard.
Lead vocalist Zolani Mahola – the face and voice of superb Afro-pop group, Freshly Ground - was awarded the MTV Award for Best Group in the African category for their album, ‘Nomvula.’