Minister Speeches 2014 - 2010
Today we mark an important day in our ongoing endeavors to strengthen the bonds of friendship and solidarity between the people of Palestine and South Africa. In particular on this day we are cementing people to people contact between our countries, by signing an agreement on cooperation in the fields of arts and culture.
We have met here today to announce details of the artists that will be taking part in 13th edition of the Cape Town International Jazz Festival.
As the Department of Arts and Culture we are once more proud to be associated with this initiative.
Over the years the Cape Town International Jazz Festival has continued to bring together the best of our local musical talent with some of the best musical talent in the world.
In October this year, in my capacity as the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, I met with the Vice Minister of Culture in the People’s Republic of China, her Excellency Ms. Zhao Shaohua.
During our discussions, Vice Minister Shaohua, mentioned that; shortly before our meeting she was attending a meeting of Communist Party of China’s Central Committee in which they were discussing China’s 12th Five Year National Development Pla
We meet here today, as member states of the Southern African Development Community, to find ways of working together to ensure that the Charter of the African Cultural Renaissance is ratified by all African countries and in particular by countries of the SADC region.
I ask your permission to be as informal this evening as I address all of you esteemed Ladies and Gentlemen gathered here in the beautiful city of Durban for the COP17 / CMP 7 negotiations to shape our future. The conference is particularly important for South Africa, our Continent Africa and the whole of the developing world, which is most affected by climate change and indeed the world.
I ask your permission to be as informal this evening as I address all of you esteemed Ladies and Gentlemen gathered here in the beautiful city of Durban for the COP17 / CMP 7 negotiations to shape our future.
Thank you for inviting us to speak at this important International Forum on Cultural Heritage and Landscape.
This Forum, which is aimed at deepening our understanding of the role arts, culture and heritage can play in advancing the development of societies, is taking place in the City of Florence, itself a place with an immense cultural and artistic heritage expressed in its numerous churches, palaces, art galleries, museums, villages and piazzas.
Contralesa was founded on the basis of the ideology of the progressive liberation movement in South Africa. By subscribing to the popular liberation movement in our country large sections of the traditional leadership chose the agenda which represented the genuine interests of the majority of South Africans. Rooted in the democratic traditions of the liberation movement, Contralesa has shared its insight on a number of strategic and tactical areas, as we forged ahead with the resolution South African conflict.
As we meet here today to workshop the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance we must trace our steps, along with the milestones on the road we have travelled, through our thinkers and organisations for us to have arrived at this phase of deliberating to ratify this Charter.
Let me begin by congratulating and extending our best wishes to the organizers of this important Exhibition.I wish to also take this opportunity to reiterate our ongoing support as the Department of Arts and Culture to this project of international significance.