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The Department of Arts and Culture will host the 2nd African Women Writers Symposium and a Tribute to Nadine Gordimer in Johannesburg from the 18th to the 20th November. The symposium is organised under the theme “Dream, Speak, Read, Reclaim”. The event will provide a space for African writers to engage in a dialogue about African writing and its contribution to “being African in the world”, focusing especially on writing by women.
In honour of Nadine Gordimer’s contributions to literature, African writers, both men and women, will also look at the role of writers’ organisations on the African continent and intellectual interventions that can be made. Organizers say that this “will strengthen the struggle of Africans to assert their worldview in continental and international fora on their own terms”.
The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile, will open the popular Buyel’Ekhaya Annual Music Festival at the Buffalo Cricket Park Stadium in East London.
The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Paul Mashatile and the Board of Trustees invite media and stakeholders to the 10th meeting of the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF).
The AWHF was launched in 2006 in South Africa and has since implemented a wide range of programmes and activities on the African continent directed at increasing the number and improving the state of conservation of cultural and natural World Heritage Sites. The occasion will also be used to celebrate that for the first time in UNESCO’s history, five African sites were inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2011. The Minister of Arts and Culture will also inaugurate the new Chairperson of the AWHF Board of Trustees.
It is with immense sadness that we learnt of the passing away of South Africa’s talented actress, Gloria Mudau.
A teacher by profession, Mudau turned to acting later in her life and yet immediately won the admiration of many people. Gloria Mudau was better known to many as Sis Louise in the long running Zulu comedy series ‘Sgudi Snaysi”. Another of her well-known roles was in the comedy drama ‘Khululeka’ which was launched in 1994 to educate first-time voters. In this comedy, Mudau played the role of Sis Pretty in which she magnificently demonstrated the do’s and don’t’s of election period to television viewers. She was a gifted actress who portrayed her characters in humorous yet educative manner.
We have met here today to launch the 2011 Heritage Month programme.
The theme for this year’s Heritage Month celebrations is: “Liberation Heritage in Honour of Heroes and Heroines of the Liberation Struggle”.
Dr. Joe Phaahla, Deputy Minster of Arts and Culture, will address the audience at Windybrow Theatre tonight on the significance of Africa Day. Deputy Minister Phaahla says,“ As Africans we pledge our pride in our heritage and culture, to address the challenges we are facing and to act in unison for the future for all of Africa’s children and for all future generations”.
10 May 2011
“Heartiest congratulations to the Handspring Puppeteers Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones for being awarded this year’s prestigious Tony Award for their massively successful play, The War Horse”, said Minister Paul Mashatile, upon hearing that they received this award.
This play took Broadway by storm and received rave reviews. it also had a successful run at West End. “It is certainly a very exciting play which got everyone talking. We look forward to seeing it in South Africa”, said Minister Mashatile.
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Sibusiso Samuel Xaba as the Director-General of the Department of Arts and Culture. Mr. Xaba is currently the Head of Gauteng Planning Commission in the office of the Gauteng Premier. Among the posts he has held in the past includes: Head of Department: Economic Development, Gauteng Provincial Government; Deputy Director General: Economic & Development Planning, Department of Finance and Economic Development; Chief Director: Development Planning, Department of Finance and Economic development; Executive Director: Urban Sector Network and Director: Land Development, National Department of Land Affairs.
Mzanzi’s Golden Economy Consultative Conference – 14 to 15 April 2011
1. We, representatives of government, business, labour and civil society; managers and practitioners in the arts, culture and heritage sector, gathered in the Newtown Cultural Precinct on 14 and 15 April 2011 submit that:
Newtown, Johannesburg. The Arts and Culture community came out in full force as Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Paul Mashatile, opened the historic National Consultative Summit on the Cultural and Creative Industry.
Minister Mashatile said that this marked the start of a new era for the arts, culture and heritage sector. “Through this summit we wish to collectively place the cultural and creative industries at the forefront of our national priorities. From now on the arts, culture and heritage sector will take its rightful place at the core of the national effort to build a socially inclusive society and contribute to economic growth and job creation.”