Minister Speeches 2014 - 2010
The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) together with the North West Provincial Government invite you to a ceremony to hand over a house and conduct an imbizo under theme: “Creating Opportunities For Better Life”.
Let me begin by thanking the Presiding Officers for the opportunity to participate in this important Heritage Month debate.Nearly twenty years ago, we demonstrated to the world that it is possible to walk away from divisions and hatred and build a new non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous society. In that way, South Africans laid a firm foundation for a better future, working together.
On this day, as we reaffirm our nation’s heritage, let us take this opportunity to pause, look back and reflect on who we are and where we come from, as South Africans. Fellow South Africans, let me start by making the assertion that; we are a great people and we are building a great nation!
Over the past weekend, we received the good news that the founding father of our nation, former President Nelson Mandela, was discharged from hospital.
As we conclude another important milestone in the calendar of our country that of celebrating the women’s month, we begin the month of September to celebrate our cultural heritage.
Thank you for inviting me to this important occasion; the 16th Annual Business and Arts South Africa Awards.
Today we are announcing the list of artists who will take part in the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day on the 18th of August 2013.We have a high powered list of local and international artists; all of them accomplished artists ready to give a fitting tribute to Tata Madiba.
On behalf of Minister Mashatile we meet here this evening to honour, celebrate and pay tribute to one of our country’s finest artists who continues to take the world by storm.
It is just over a year since we convened our country’s first ever National Summit on Social Cohesion and Nation Building.Symbolically, we convened this Summit in Kliptown; the birth place of the Freedom Charter, which is the basis of our Constitution and our democratic society.
The founding father of our democratic nation, former President Nelson Mandela, whose legacy we continue to celebrate during this month of July once said;“Artists reach areas far beyond the reach of politicians. Art, especially entertainment and music, is understood by everybody, and it lifts the spirit and morale of those who hear it.”