It is with a deep sense of shock and sadness that I heard the news of the passing of legendary actor, Roland Mqwebu, famous for playing the character of Mkhize in the popular sitcom, Emzini Wezinsizwa. This legend passed away in the morning of Friday, 28 August 2015, after a long illness.
Speaking today at the opening ceremony of the 81st General Conference of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Minister Nathi Mthethwa announced the declaration and commitments of the pre-conference meeting of the African Ministers of Arts and Culture on the status of libraries.
It was with great joy and happiness that we received the news that the Khoisan indigenous dance group Die Nuwe Graskoue Dancers - a traditional Khoisan Riel Dance troupe – has won Gold in the Group Production Competition at the 19th Championship of the World Performing Arts in Los Angeles this week.
It was with deep sadness that we learned of the fatal car accident of rising gospel superstar Mpho ‘Regalo’ Gangashe recently. He will be buried in Thohoyandou in Limpopo tomorrow, Saturday 16 May 2015. What makes the situation worse was that he was with his mother and daughter who also passed on. It is a triple tragedy for the family. At 29 he was too young to die.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa invites all of the people in the Republic of South Africa, the rest of the African continent and the African Diaspora to join him in the inaugural Africa Month celebrations.
Minister Mthethwa hosted a consultative meeting on the transformation of the heritage landscape at Freedom Park, Pretoria on Friday 17 April.
We have noted the defacing of Paul Kruger statue on Church Square in Pretoria, Tshwane. This happens soon after student protests have been raging around the matter of the Cecil John Rhodes statue at the University of Cape Town. These developments threaten to or have spread to other campuses and communities around the country.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa is delighted to learn that comedian and TV personality, Trevor Noah will replace Jon Stewart on the popular 'Daily Show'.
We have noted the protest that has been raging around the matter of the Cecil John Rhodes statue at the University of Cape Town. However, I am in a position to confirm that we have not yet received any formal application for the removal of any statue in any part of the country.