20 Feb 2013

Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Paul Mashatile sends his congratulations to the filmmaker, cast and the South African production companies, involved in the making of Layla Fourie, a film which recently secured an award at the prestigious, Berlinale International Film Festival.

14 Jan 2013

Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Paul Mashatile invites the media to join him at a special event to congratulate Hugh Masekela, Lira and MiCasa on their recent achievements.

09 Dec 2012

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Paul Mashatile and a large government-sponsored contingent of South African artists will depart for Senegal to participate at the World Festival of Black Arts, the FESMAN on 9 December 2010.

The first World Festival of Black Arts was initiated in 1966 by the late Senegalese President, Leopold Sedah Senghor, who was also a renowned poet. The first edition was organised under the theme “The significance of black art in the life of the people and for the people”. 

Nigeria hosted the 2nd festival in 1977 which inspired the establishment of the Centre for Black African Arts and Civilisation (CBAAC) in Nigeria and was attended by artists from fifty-nine countries from Africa and its Diaspora. 

29 Oct 2012

The Department of Arts and Culture hosted a two-day Visual Arts Indaba-Towards a Visual Arts Framework last week at the Cedar Park Conference Centre, Johannesburg.

03 Oct 2012

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile will give a keynote address on the launch of a book entitled “Letters to President Obama from the children of South Africa”. The event will take place on Thursday, 04 October 2012 from 11:00 -12:30 at Union Terrance, Sheraton Pretoria Hotel.

Letters to President Obama from the children of South Africa”, compiled by Dr Mukanda Mabonso Mulemfo, is the second book of a series on stories written by children on leadership. The first book was entitled “Children Letters to President Zuma”.

13 Sep 2012

Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, has congratulated Prof. Keorapetse Kgositsile on receiving his latest accolade, an honorary Doctorate from the University of South Africa (UNISA).Prof. Kgositsile will receive the honorary Doctorate today the 13th of September 2012 at UNISA.

28 Aug 2012

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Paul Mashatile welcomes the deliberations and finalisation of the Use of Official Languages Bill by the Select Committee on Education and Recreation. The National Council of Provinces (NCOP) will finalise the long- awaited Use of Official Languages Bill tomorrow after many months of deliberation in Parliament.

The passing of this Bill will compel government departments and entities to provide services and information to the people of South Africa in the official language of their choice.

12 Jun 2012

Minister of Arts and Culture Minister Mr. Paul Mashatile, today confirms the dissolution of the board of the Pan South African Languages Board (PanSALB). The termination of the board's term of office, took effect on 13 June 2012. The move follows a governance review of the functioning of the organisation, which was undertaken by Minister Mashatile.

"This is the first step toward, ensuring a PANSALB that truly meets its mandate. Language rights, are enshrined in our country's constitution. Everything must be done to ensure its development and protection. The importance of multilingualism to South African society cannot be overstated," said Mashatile.

28 May 2012

Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile, today the 28th of May 2012, met with Ms Lisa Esser from the Goodman Gallery.

The two hour meeting discussed public concerns relating to the controversial artwork by artist Brett Murray entitled The Spear at the Goodman Gallery.

During the discussions Ms Liza Esser indicated that, it was never her intention and that of the Goodman Gallery to harm the dignity of anyone, including the President, with the display of The Spear.

Ms Lisa said she regrets the pain that the display of The Spear has caused to President Zuma, his family as well as to the nation.

Last week the Spear was defaced and has since been removed from the Gallery.

26 May 2012

The Ministry and the Department of Arts and Culture welcome the appointment of and congratulate the Board of the National Library of South Africa (NLSA). Their term begins on the 1 October 2012 and ends on the 30 September 2015.

The Chairperson of the Board is Ms E R Tise, the immediate past President of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Senior Director of Library and Information Services at Stellenbosch University. 

The Members of the Board are: