Media Releases 2021 - 2020

21 Jan 2021

In appointing the Interim Board of Cricket South Africa (CSA), in October 2020, Minister Nathi Mthethwa gave the board three months to complete their mandate. On that basis, the Interim board assignment would end in January 2021.

21 Jan 2021

The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture wishes to convey his heartfelt remorse for the tweet regarding theatre in South Africa. More so, in light of the fact that the creative sector has been the hardest hit by the pandemic.

17 Jan 2021

In the last few days, we have learned of the passing of practitioners such as Thoko Ndlozi, Wandi Nzimande, Knowledge Simelane, Welcome “Bhodloza” Nzimande, Kabelo “KB “ Molopyane and Dr Sam Phillips.

15 Jan 2021

The Department wants to express its dismay and disappointment at the leaking of the confidential documents talking to the third phase relief funding it is working on for the sector.

11 Jan 2021

The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, has learnt with sadness of the passing of the founding CEO of the Premier Soccer League (PSL), Mr Trevor Phillips, who was popularly known as the “British Bulldog”.

Phillips is credited as the brain behind the commercialisation of the PSL, taking the league into a professional era and turning it into a commercial success, thereby paving the way for the league to be recognised as the richest league on the African continent and among the top 10 richest leagues in the world.

Minister Mthethwa said “Phillips left an indelible mark in the history of South African football and will always be remembered for his colossal contribution to the game. Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to his family, friends and the football fraternity at large”.

May his soul rest in peace.

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08 Jan 2021

The Department has learned with sadness and shock of the passing of Mr Mluleki George. George a former International Rugby Board (IRB) and South African Rugby Union (SARU) board member is deceased at the age of 72.

Mluleki George will be remembered, more especially by the Department for his sterling contributions and fight against the Apartheid sports, especially rugby. He was regarded as a unifying figure in sport. George was deputy defense minister from 2004 to 2008, He was elected to represent the ANC in Parliament after the first democratic elections.

Further to a lengthy list of political positions held, from a sporting perspective, George was president of Border Rugby Union until his arrest in 1976 and his subsequent sentencing of five years on Robben Island in 1978.

06 Jan 2021

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture pays tribute to Iconic Setswana contemporary musician, Ntate Kori Moraba who released the classic wedding song "Tswang Tswang Tswang" 50 years ago. Mr Kori Moraba's passing marks the end of an era which created timeless memories that we will forever cherish.

Ntate Moraba was a versatile musician, he broke into the music industry in the late 60s and got his big break in the 70s when he joined the band, The Minerals as a lead singer.

His song "Tswang-tswang-tswang", remains a song of choice at many weddings. He has indeed left an ineradicable mark in the music industry.

31 Dec 2020

Minister Nathi Mthethwa and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture expresses deep sympathy to the family, friends and fans of Xoli Nosenga, who succumbed to COVID-19 on 26 December 2020, Boxing Day.

23 Dec 2020

It is with a deep sense of sadness to learn about the sudden passing of Stanley Henkeman, who has been at the helm of the Institute for Justice & Reconciliation (IJR), a globally renowned social justice research outfit and think tank based in Cape Town.

19 Dec 2020

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, together with the Provincial Government of Gauteng, represented by the office of the Premier and the Provincial Department of Arts, Culture and Recreation, on 18 December, met with the appointed liquidators, Tugendhaft Wapnick Banchetti & Partners.