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.
We gather here today in the full understanding that music is a global business that contributes to the international economy and, above all, creates employment, fights poverty and enables a decent standard of living for musicians and other professionals.
Those of us who live and work in South Africa today are the heirs of everything that the struggle was fought for over the last three centuries.
It is a great pleasure for me to be here today, to present this exciting and invigorating programme of 2014 National Book Week.
We gather here to highlight and celebrate the role played by business in the art of leadership – building business and arts alliances.
Today marks the culmination of a journey that began 50 years ago when Nat Nakasa left his motherland on an exit permit leaving him to be a stateless person. He later described himself as a “Native of Nowhere”.
In his award winning speech titled “The Regeneration of Africa,” as the young African visionary and intellectual, Pixley ka Isaka Seme - who was a student at Colombia university, not too far from here boldly asserted, “I am an African”.
We gather here on an important day – 31 July –Pan African Women Day, to officially launch the South African Women’s Month.
It is my distinct honour to address this house, on the policy debate on the budget of the Department of Arts and Culture.
We may all recall that memorable moment on 9 May 1994 when then President Nelson Mandela, speaking at his inauguration, pledged: