Minister Speeches 2014 - 2010
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.
I would also like to pay special tribute to Ina Perlman whose memorial service is taking place today. During the apartheid days millions of people received food through operation hunger an organization that she led tirelessly.
Mr President, here with me to present the report on the outcomes of the social cohesion summit are our Social Cohesion Advocates, imminent persons drawn from a variety of sectors within our society.
We meet here this evening to mark the end of a successful French leg of the 2012-2013 French South Africa Seasons. When this leg of the Seasons began in July this year, we set ourselves a number of objectives that we sought to achieve.
We meet here this evening for the 2012 South African Literary Awards; an event which this year marks the culmination of the Africa Century International African Writers’ Conference, which started earlier this week.Allow me to take this opportunity, on this important occasion, to congratulate former President Thabo Mbeki, himself a writer and intellectual of note, for being named the 2012 African of the Year.
On the 26th to the 28th of September this year, my country South Africa had the honour of hosting a successful International Conference on “Living with World Heritage in Africa.” This conference, held at Kopanong in Ekurhuleni, brought together Ministers of Culture from our continent, representatives of communities living in and around world heritage sites, representatives of extractive industries, academics, experts and heritage practitioners.
Thank for you inviting me to speak at the launch of this book titled; “Letters to President Obama from the Children of South Africa.”
Let me start by congratulating Dr. Mulemfo for encouraging our children contribute to this book by writing letters to President Obama.
We have come to the end of our Conference on “Living with World Heritage in Africa.This I can say without fear of contradiction that; ours has been a highly successful conference.This conference brought together important stakeholders from government, the private sector and communities living in and around heritage sites.
It is my honor, on behalf of the people and the government of South Africa, to welcome all of you to our country for this important Conference on living with world heritage in Africa.
During your stay in our country, I hope you will find time to enjoy its beauty, its rich and diverse heritage as well as the warmth and hospitality of its people.
On that fateful day, of the 7th of September 1992, more than 80 000 South Africans took part in a peaceful demonstration, to demand basic rights denied to them by the then Ciskei regime.