Media Releases 2017 - 2015
“Papa’s Wemba’s music has been an inspiration to generations of Africans and music lovers all over the world. We shall miss his energy and his inimitable presence,” observed Minister Mthethwa.
“This year marks 22 years since the demise of the inhumane apartheid regime in South Africa and the birth of the democratic South Africa, the rainbow nation. The dawn of freedom and democracy in 1994 also heralded the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of South Africa and the State of Qatar”, said Mabudafhasi.
Speaking at the official opening of the library, Mabudafhasi, said “To date, through the community library conditional grant, we were able to build 81 new libraries, and 343 libraries have been upgraded which provide better facilities and services to their users. We are looking forward to build 23 more new libraries and upgrade 55 existing libraries in the 2016/17 financial year”.
“Jazz is a means with which we tell our stories. We believe that events like the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, where the living legends of jazz rub shoulders with younger local artists, play an important role in providing for a cross pollination of knowledge, skills and talents.
“We join the world acting fraternity in mourning the passing of the much-loved Hollywood actor and exemplary union leader, Ken Howard,” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
“South African film is coming into its own and has found fertile ground on home soil. We congratulate the co-producers of Vir Altyd, Ivan Botha, Donnalee Roberts and Danie Bester and the entire cast for breaking the local box office record and earning R13.4 million after only one month on circuit..
Minister of Arts and Culture, Minister Nathi Mthethwa, conveys his heartiest congratulations to the renown South African film producer, Anant Singh, for receiving the first Lionel Ngakane Lifetime Achievement Award from the RapidLion Film Festival.
We are gathered here today not to mourn but to celebrate the extraordinary life of a beautiful butterfly, the incredible Koyo Bala. Since his passing on Monday last week, we have been inundated with messages of condolences from all corners of the country bidding farewell to this colourful personality.
Arts and Culture Minister, Nathi Mthethwa congratulates Santu Mofokeng for winning the International Photographic Prize 2016 at the Fondazione Fotografia Modena, Italy.
“I am pleased that Santu Mofokeng is the first artist to receive this biennial honour. His photographs speak volumes of the South African condition. He tells the truths of our times. He tells the story of the South African landscape and its people in a calm, unrushed and pensive way. In this way, the subjects are not only brought to life, but also resonate with an inner, spiritual existence. Even in the midst of turmoil, his subjects are dignified and undaunted,”