Former Deputy Minister Speeches

02 Apr 2009

It is, indeed, a privilege and a pleasure for me to be invited to launch two very important and interesting projects which, in my view, are unprecedented. The idea of providing previously disadvantaged people to have access to the Strokes of Genius website to market their products is just too good to be true. Some of them may never have dreamt of this opportunity but can now confidently tell potential buyers that “if you wish to buy anything from my collection you can go to www.strokesofgenius.co.za or something like that. This is what Investing in Culture and sustainable development is about. I am sure that in a few months time we will perhaps hear success stories from the beneficiaries of this project. Thanks to Shoprite Checkers and Mr Van Zly for this wonderful idea.

27 Mar 2009

We bring you warm greetings from the people of South Africa. We are delighted to be here in Arcueil and on behalf of the Government of South Africa and the Department of Arts and Culture, we would like to express our heart felt gratitude for the honour to be invited to this significant event to commemorate the life of our beloved Comrade Dulcie September and to participate in today’s programme.

20 Feb 2009

It gives me much pleasure tonight to address you and to acknowledge and give recognition to achievers in the creative sector. I am sure that all of you will join me in congratulating all those who will be receiving Certificates of Competency.

20 Feb 2009

It gives me much pleasure tonight to address you and to acknowledge and give recognition to achievers in the creative sector. I am sure that all of you will join me in congratulating all those who will be receiving Certificates of Competency.

14 Oct 2008

It is a privilege and an honour for me to be invited to open the Bloemfontein leg of this travelling exhibition of unique manuscripts from the ancient African city of Timbuktu situated in the Republic of Mali.

13 Oct 2008

It is indeed an honour and a pleasure for me to address you this evening when we, once again, meet to view some of the best innovative wax artworks. Every year, since I have been invited to participate in the Sasol Wax Art Award programme, the exhibition has become more sophisticated. I understand that the intention of this year’s exhibition is to reflect “five very distinctive and challenging, well-developed voices of the South African art landscape”. I believe that it has achieved just that.

15 Sep 2008

Gender empowerment and equality is imperative to South Africa ’s democracy. The issue of emancipation, equality and empowerment of women is central to South Africa ’s democracy. Our country comes from a past that oppressed the majority of its people, in particular women. Laws were deliberately put in place to undermine women, for example, up until 19? Women were treated as minors.

15 Sep 2008

Since the year 1995 the government of South Africa celebrates Heritage Day on 24 September of each year and the Department of Arts and Culture decides on a theme for the heritage celebrations during the whole month of September. This is done to highlight and improve levels of awareness around South Africa ’s diverse cultural heritage. Above that, Heritage Month is also aimed to provide a platform to celebrate the rich tapestry of different languages, art forms, dress codes, cuisine (food), positive ethnic specific cultural practices and rituals, cultural ceremonies, and last but not least, music and dance

11 Sep 2008

Good evening and greetings from the government and the people of South Africa who are celebrating throughout this year the 90th birthday of Nelson Mandela affectionately known as “Madiba”. On 30 March 1987 Nelson Mandela was awarded an honorary citizenship of Venice

05 Sep 2008

It is, indeed, a privilege and a pleasure to be invited to come and celebrate with you the International Week of Deaf People. I bring you greetings and good wishes from the Deputy Minister for Education, Mr. Enver Surty, who has asked me to convey his sincere apologies for not being able to attend this function due to an unforeseen government engagement. But I know he would have loved to be here with you just to celebrate your achievements and your triumphant spirit.

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