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Members of the media are invited to attend the Official Memorial Service of the internationally renowned liberation struggle stalwart and South Africa’s National Poet Laureate, Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile, who passed away on Wednesday, 3 January, after a short illness. The Official Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, 11 January 2018 at the Johannesburg City Hall in Gauteng.
We are gathered here to provide update on the progress made towards the burial and commemoration of internationally renowned liberation struggle stalwart and South Africa’s National Poet Laureate, Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile, who passed away on Wednesday, 3 January, after a short illness.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa extends his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of distinguished poet and stalwart of the liberation struggle,Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile. Bra Willie,as he was fondly called by the young and old,remained an inspiration to many in the political and literary landscape.
Every year on the 16th December South Africa celebrates our National Reconciliation Day, where we work together as a nation to promote reconciliation, peace and social cohesion.
Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture and Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA) invites members of the media to the 14th Annual National Oral History conference that will take place from 10 -13 October 2017 at Dan’s Country Lodge in UMthatha.
“It has come as a shock to hear of the passing of the composer and guitarist, Errol Dyers,” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa. His name is synonymous with that brand of African jazz called Goema. He kept alive the rich musical culture of the people who had lived in District 6 prior to their forced removal to far-flung places on the Cape Flats.
“We have learnt with sadness of the passing of the multi-talented Iko Mash, arts personality and stylist, actor and singer, ” said Minister Mthethwa. Born with the name Billy Mothola Emmanuel Mashiloane, Iko hailed from Meadowlands, Soweto and learnt at an early age that he was different from others, embracing female dress.
“We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of the trumpet player and head of the Gauteng Music Academy, Johnny Mekoa. The nation has lost one of its most talented and selfless musical sons,” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
Department of Arts and Culture is committed in its mandate to promote, preserve and champion the development of the arts, culture and heritage sector with the view to locate the sector at the heart of the socio-economic transformation agenda.