Our country is turning twenty one in three months time. We have spent more than 350 years under conditions of colonialism and apartheid.
I am pleased that you have joined us here today as we gather together to pave a direction for the social cohesion advocates’ programme.
As Dept of Arts and Culture we are proud to be the official sponsor of the 16th edition of the much-loved Cape Town International Jazz Festival. This Festival occupies a prominent space in the cultural calendar of all jazz lovers.
It is indeed a great honor for me to stand before you as your servant in this new year, 2015. I stand on this historic platform twenty five years after Tat’u Madiba gave his first public address in almost three decades of incarceration.
Celebrating Chief Luthuli: We meet here to celebrate the life and legacy of Chief Albert Luthuli, we are reminded of how far we have come and indeed how many people, individually and collectively, paved the way for our freedom.
We gather here today for the third annual Africa Century International African Writers Conference - a legacy project of the South African Literary Awards in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture.
As we gather here today, we note with shock and sadness, the passing away of two National Sporting Heroes, Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and Senzo Meyiwa, one after the other. This is a great tragedy for the sporting fraternity and the South African nation and our heartfelt condolences go out to the families and loved ones.
We gather here to launch the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance on South African this morning. We remember a great African composer, Enoch Sontonga who, in 1897 composed the African Renaissance Anthem, “Nkosi sikelel ’ iAfrika.”
On this day 24 September, we remember the assassination of the king of the Zulu Nation, King Shaka, I lembe eleqa amanye amalembe ngoku khalipha. Unoduma ehlezi kaMenzi.
It is with sadness that in the week that we commemorate the brutal death of Steve Biko we have learned of the passing on of the poet and short story writer Pascal Mafika Gwala.