Media Releases 2014 - 2010

14 Apr 2011

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile announced on 5 April 2011 that he would host a national Summit to discuss a draft strategy to reposition the arts, culture and heritage sector and strengthen its impact on job creation.

Today this historic summit entitled “Mzansi’s Golden Economy” gets underway in Newtown. On the opening day, topics as diverse as arts and culture as a tool for social cohesion, South Africa’s global competitiveness and a sector specific strategy for cultural industries will be discussed. Commissions will explore the organization, performance and funding of the arts, culture, heritage sector.

12 Apr 2011

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Paul Mashatile appointed members to the Nelson Mandela Museum Council today. Due processes were carried out with public nominations being followed by a short-listing being done by a panel appointed by Minister Mashatile. 

The Ministry & Department of Arts and Culture, would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the new members on their appointment to the council of one our historic cultural institutions as it pays tribute to one of our iconic leaders loved by many people in the world.. We believe that under the new leadership, the museum will continue to live up to its mission and vision. With their expertise and wealth of experience, the museum will play a pivotal role in our national effort to ensure nation building and social cohesion.

04 Apr 2011

The Minister of Arts and Culture Mr. Paul Mashatile, invites members of the media to a briefing on the forthcoming National Conference on repositioning the arts, culture and heritage sector. This briefing will focus on key aspects of the minister’s draft strategy on how the sector can contribute to economic growth and job creation. Minister Mashatile will also use the occasion to launch the 2011 Freedom Day celebrations.

Date:              4 April 2011
Time:              09:00
Venue:           The Rosebank hotel, Rosebank, Johannesburg

Enquiries:        Mack Lewele 082 450 5076/012 441 308

26 Feb 2011

The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) supports young designers through the Emerging Creatives Programme, a partnership between the department and the Design Indaba. The 16th Annual Design Indaba Conference takes place from 27 February to 01 March 2013 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC).

16 Feb 2011

As part of efforts to create hype about sport, KwaZulu-Natal will launch the Magnificent Fridays campaign. Led by the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa, the Magnificent Fridays campaign seeks to galvanise the nation to rally behind their sport heroes and offer the much needed support during the international tournaments scheduled for 2011.  The tournaments are the Cricket and Rugby World Cups and the Netball World Championships.

The Magnificent Fridays campaign will encourage South Africans not only to support the national teams, but also to learn about their national symbols; an initiative fully supported by the Department of Arts and Culture in promotion of social cohesion.

13 Feb 2011

Arts and Culture Minister, Paul Mashatile, is leading a South African delegation to Mozambique for the commemoration of the 30th anniversary of the Matola Raid. The Commemoration will take place on the 14th of February 2010.

The 1981 Matola Raid was the first open act of war by the apartheid government against Mozambique. During the raid South African commandos attacked houses in Matola where exiled members of the ANC lived, killing 13 people.

The 14th of February is a historic day, in that it was the day on which the casualties of the Matola Raid were buried.

27 Jan 2011

Members of the media are invited to the Cape Town leg of the activation event for the “Magnificent Fridays” campaign. Magnificent Fridays campaign is an initiative of the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa intended to galvanize the entire nation to stand behind their sports heroes and help them achieve their best in the respective international tournaments scheduled for 2011. The tournaments are for Cricket, Netball and Rugby. The tournaments for both Cricket and Rugby are World Cups while that of Netball is the World Championships.

27 Jan 2011

Members of the media are invited to an activation event for the Magnificent Fridays Campaign. Magnificent Fridays Campaign is an initiative of the Department of Sport and Recreation South Africa intended to galvanize the entire nation to stand behind their heroes and help them achieve their best in the respective international tournaments scheduled for 2011. The tournaments are for Cricket, Netball and Rugby.

The tournaments for both Cricket & Rugby are World Cups while that of Netball is the World Championships.

24 Jan 2011

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Paul Mashatile, launched a groundbreaking playwriting project at Wits University, Johannesburg, on Tuesday 25 January 2011. The project is a collaborative initiative between the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), Wits Theatre, the British Council and Sustained Theatre (from the United Kingdom).

The objective of the programme is to equip a new generation of South African playwrights with skills that will enable them to develop work that resonates with the challenges of the world around them. In his speech, Minister Mashatile asserted that through the programme, “we hope to discover new talent and open doors for many aspiring playwrights.”

15 Dec 2010

On 24 February 2010, cabinet approved the appointment of the following people to the Council of Robben Island Museum: Ms Thandi Modise (Chairperson); Mr Ben Martins (Deputy Chairperson); Ms Luli Callinicos; Mr Luyanda Mpahlwa; Ms Rashida Abdullah; Dr Mmutlanyane Stanley Mogoba; Mr Oliver Nqubelani; Dr Nthabiseng Motete; Mr Mava Dada; Ms Mokgadi Olgar Morata; Mr Mabhuti Sithembile Gwavu; Mr Moses Mongezi Gasela; Ms Grace Masuku and Mr Pandelani Nefolovhodwe.

Robben Island is an integral part of our rich history and heritage. While it served as a prison of anti-apartheid activists such as former President Nelson Mandela, it has become a museum and heritage site since 1997 and a World Heritage Site in 1999.

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