Media Releases 2020 - 2015
On behalf of President Jacob Zuma, our government and the people of South Africa, we extend a warm welcome to His Excellency Prime Minister Rosário and his delegation.
Ndi matsheloni. This year marks the 13th annual national oral history conference organized by the Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA). This conference is aptly titled: Chanted Memories and Anniversaries: Celebrating Our Common Past(s).
Avuxeni! Allow me from the onset to commend Hosi Nwa’Mitwa for her commitment and relentlessness in the preservation of the Valoyi Va-Tsonga (Nwa’Mitwa’s) cultural heritage.
Reuben Malusi Khemese, alongside his brothers, Sandile and Thami, were founding members of the Soweto String Quartet. Coming from a highly talented, musical family, two of them became violinists for the Soweto Symphony Orchestra. Having played together since 1978, it would be much later in 1989 that they took the plunge and together with their friend, Makhosini Mnguni, established the Soweto String Quartet.
“We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of the cellist, Reuben Khemese. Together with his other group members, the Soweto String Quartet captured the imagination of the public both in South Africa and in the rest of the world, “ said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
Miriam Makeba in her seminal piece titled “African Sunset” demonstrated this, Hugh Masekela with his powerful song, “Stimela” once again demonstrated the power of arts in mobilising and conscientising society about the ills that confront society.
The festival now in its 42nd year continues to draw and develop audiences, thus creating a number of job opportunities and building markets for the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector that brings together artists and audiences from different backgrounds and cultures.
“In this way he gave voice to a sense of cultural belonging in an idiom rooted in the way people lived and interpreted their lives. His body of work spoke in the cadences and the rhythms of the people and he extended the cultural imaginary of South African literature.”
Ben Nomoyi was born in Korsten but due to forced removals was removed to New Brighton, Port Elizabeth where he grew up. He studied at the University of Fort Hare but due to his active engagement in politics, he was kicked out.
Youth Day recognizes and celebrates the role of South African youth in the liberation struggle, while also commemorating the pain and the sacrifices that young people made so that we can all be free from the yoke of racist oppression.
Minister Mthethwa expressed his gratitude to the Coal Stove Pictures production team for the success of their production dance film, “Hear Me Move,” at the prestigious Africa Movie Academy Awards (AMAA).