Media Releases 2018 - 2015
Minister Nathi Mthethwa wishes to advise members of the press that he has been learnt with great dismay and extreme disappointment of news reports of Mr Thando Mahlangu’s deplorable and humiliating treatment at the hands of staff and station management of Gautrain who prevented him from the boarding the train because he was wearing traditional Ndebele attire.
As part of ongoing Government efforts to promote African Agenda, South Africa through the Department of Arts and Culture in collaborations with the South African Embassy, and the Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture of Ghana will host South Africa Cultural Season in Accra, Ghana.
The changing of the name of Grahamstown to Makhanda has once more raised questions on the purpose of this crucial exercise. Minister Nathi Mthethwa wishes to advise members of the press and South Africans as a whole, that the final determination made on Tuesday 2 October (i.e. the new name “Makhanda”) is only but one example of the Department of Arts and Culture’s (DAC) progress in its mandate and commitment to deepen the transformation of the heritage landscape.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa wishes to advise members of the press that he has made a final determination concerning the gazetted name change of Grahamstown to Makhanda.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa invites members of the media to the official launch of Heritage Month on Saturday, 01 September 2018 at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Howick in KwaZulu-Natal
"MAMA SOBUKWE IS NO MORE…” - These are the news that South Africa woke up to on Wednesday morning. Mama Sobukwe that was awarded the National Order of Luthuli in Silver this year for... “her tenacious fight for freedom and her steadfast support of incarcerated freedom fighters. She challenged the injustices meted out against the majority of South Africans” ...?
Minister Nathi Mthethwa wishes to advise members of the press that he has received just over 300 letters objecting to the gazetted name change of “Grahamstown” to “Makhanda”. The town falls under the “Makana Municipality” that is located in the Eastern Cape Province.
With great sadness, Minister Nathi Mthethwa has learnt of the passing away of Dr Winston Ntshona at the age of 76 on Thursday morning. Although he was a slight man in terms of his build, Dr Ntshona’s death reverberates like a giant has fallen.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa wishes to advise members of the press that the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) has appointed a service provider to conduct a forensic investigation into the embattled administration of the Market Theatre.
Minister Mthethwa wishes to announce that on Friday 29 June 2018 the Government Gazette has published the changing of the name of the town of “Grahamstown” to “Makhanda”.