Media Releases 2021 - 2020

26 Jul 2021

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, participated in the 44th World Heritage Session where he re-affirmed the need for heritage sites to be representative of African interest, in particular, nations that have been on the receiving end of atrocities, under colonial rule. The inscription of such sites on the UNESCO World Heritage List will be educational, with a view to change the global narrative about the meaning and significance of such sites.

The Minister’s intervention was made on behalf of South Africa and was supported by African countries partaking in the World Heritage Committee Meeting that takes place from 16th July 2021 to 30th July 2021. This session is organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), in cooperation with the host country, the People’s Republic of China.

22 Jul 2021

SASCOC is proud to announce that Olympic swimmer Chad le Clos and national women's hockey goalkeeper Phumelela Mbande have been named as the two flagbearers for Team SA at the Opening Ceremony of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics on Friday night.

19 Jul 2021

“Our nation’s founding democratically elected President, Tata Madiba, is widely quoted stating that ‘I never lose. I either win or learn’” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa as he reflected on South Africa’s performance on the soccer pitch this past weekend.

16 Jul 2021

Minister Nathi Mthethwa is saddened by the passing of South Africa's legendary soul and mbaqanga artist, Pat Shange. The legendary singer who was also a fashionista of note rose to prominence in the 70’s and 80’s.

15 Jul 2021

Minister Nathi Mthethwa is saddened to learn about the passing of South Africa's legendary songwriter and musician, “Ntate” Tsepo Tshola.   Popularly nicknamed “the Village Pope”, Tsepo Tshola has been in the music industry for more than four decades and dominated local and international musical platforms throughout his life. 

“His melodical tunes from the Sankomota days to his solo compilations will linger forever in our minds. My word of special comfort goes out to his family, friends, loved ones and followers. No amount of words and comfort expressed during this time will be befitting for such a magnificent icon. Nor could it overcome the accompanying grief” said Minister Mthethwa upon receipt of the sad news.

15 Jul 2021

It is with a great sense of pride that I take this opportunity to wish Team South Africa well on your participation at the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games. The competition of the XXXII Olympiad is taking place in Japan later this month.

04 Jul 2021

Minister Nathi Mthethwa is saddened to learn about the untimely passing of well-known actor Mutodi Neshehe. He passed away on the 01st of July 2021 at the age of 46.

Neshehe was born in Soweto in 1975 and began acting at the age of four. He attended school in the United States aged 14 years old, where he graduated from high school and university.

Mutodi Neshehe has been in a number of films and has played the lead in telenovelas such as Muvhango, Generations, The Legacy, Skwizas, Egoli, Jacob's Cross, and others. Each of his characters captured the hearts of South Africans. He also acted in several international projects including the ITV drama Wild at Heart.

Including various acting parts he played throughout his long career, Neshehe will be remembered for his role as “Ndalamo” on Muvhango. A role he played from May 2006 until November 2008.

04 Jul 2021

It was with great sadness that we yesterday learnt of the passing of Lehlogonolo “Hands of Stone” Ledwaba. Lehlogonolo was an accomplished professional boxer, who became IBF World Super Bantamweight Champion, when he dethroned John Michael Johnson in 1999.

01 Jul 2021

Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa was left astounded and saddened to learn of the passing of the legendary musician, Dr Steve Kekana. The legendary singer and songwriter passed away today, 01 July 2021 at the age of 63.

Dr Steve Kekana was born on August 4, 1958 in Zebediela, Limpopo province. He attended a school for the blind in Polokwane after losing his sight at the tender age of five. Dr Kekana developed his passion of singing throughout his school years and became a member of amateur ensembles during his teenage years.

Dr. Steve Kekana is best known for his debut song, Mamsy, and numerous hits that followed this release. One of his popular songs is the relationship break–up song of all time in South Africa titled “Take Your Love And Keep It”.

25 Jun 2021

After considering all of the sector clients' concerns as well as the e-services outage, the Department has decided to postpone the MGE open call's closing date.

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