14 Nov 2018
The Public Affairs Section (PAS) of the Embassy of the United States of America in South Africa invites interested non-profit organizations, public international organizations, and private, public, or state institutions of higher education in South Africa and the United States to submit abstracts for Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation projects
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa condemns treatment of Mr Thando Mahlangu and calls for Gautrain Management Agency to take immediate and adequate action
08 Nov 2018
Minister Nathi Mthethwa wishes to advise members of the press that he has been learnt with great dismay and extreme disappointment of news reports of Mr Thando Mahlangu’s deplorable and humiliating treatment at the hands of staff and station management of Gautrain who prevented him from the boarding the train because he was wearing traditional Ndebele attire.
07 Nov 2018
Deputy Minister Maggie Sotyu will host a crafters’ imbizo. The Imbizo is a follow up of the previous engagement the Deputy Minister had on the 9th June 2017 with the people of Sithebe and surrounding villages, and will also feuture indegeneous games festival and funwalk to encourage locals to utilise the Arts Centr
Opening remarks by Minister Nathi Mthethwa on the occasion of the 3rd BRICS Ministers of Culture Held at Maropeng, Gauteng Province
31 Oct 2018
Let me take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge my counterparts from the various BRICS Countries responsible for culture for making time amid competing and pressing issues in their countries to attend and take part in the 3rd BRICS Culture meeting here in South Africa.
South Africa’s arts and culture are as varied as one might expect from such a diverse nation. The blend of local cultures and diverse influences make for a melting pot of creativity that never disappoints.
As custodians of South Africa’s diverse cultural, artistic and linguistic heritage, the Department of Arts and Culture aims to develop and preserve South African culture to ensure social cohesion and nation-building.
South Africa’s cultural and creative industry is a good revenue generator, and still has great potential to produce more and contribute to job creation.
The Cultural Industries Growth Strategy capitalises on the economic potential of the craft, music, film, publishing and design industries.
The Department of Arts and Culture provides support in the form of financing, management capacity, advocacy and networking, and by developing public-private partnerships and other initiatives that use culture as a tool for urban regeneration.
Worldwide, the turnover of cultural industries makes this the fifth-largest economic sector, which comprises design, the performing arts, dance, film, television, multimedia, cultural heritage, cultural tourism, visual arts, crafts, music and publishing.
The Department has entered into partnerships with significant stakeholders to map the cultural industries.
Cabinet has identified the creative and cultural industries as one of the drivers of economic growth and job creation in the implementation of the New Growth Path.
The Industrial Policy Action Plan 2 identifies the cultural industries, in particular the craft sector, music, jewellery production, clothing, leather, footwear and textiles as some of the sectors that will be subjected to focused and significant support by the State.
Government commitment envisages the creation of 5 million jobs over the next 10 years by:
• Identifying areas where employment creation is possible on a large scale, as a result of substantial changes in conditions in South Africa and globally.
• Developing a policy package to facilitate employment creation in these areas, above all through:
o A comprehensive drive to enhance both social equity and competitiveness;
o Systemic changes to mobilise domestic investment around activities that could create sustainable employment;
o Strong social dialogue to focus all stakeholders on encouraging growth in employment-creating activities.
The 2011 National Consultative Summit provided a revised strategy and plan, including new large-scale interventions to–
• reinforce the Arts, Culture and Heritage (ACH) Sector as an economic growth sector, and
• introduce programmes that contribute to large-scale employment. The approach is:
• General continuity and the introduction of new initiatives that, build on and expand existing initiatives as far as possible;
• Skills development for excellence and high performance in the ACH Sector;
• Large-scale interventions aimed at optimising growth and the employment potential of the Sector;
• Expansion and coordination of supply and demand in the Sector;
• Enhancement of existing production and creation of new business opportunities to match demand;
• Monitoring and evaluation to guide investment and coordination of current and future resources for the sector.
The following is a list of the large-scale projects/work streams of Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE), as a strategic response:
• Cultural events,
• Touring Ventures,
• Legacy projects,
• Cultural precincts,
• Public Art,
• Art Bank,
• Sourcing enterprise/information centres,
• National Academy for Cultural & Creative Industries of SA (NaCISA),
• Artists in Schools,
• Cultural Observatory.
Revised Guidelines and application forms can be downloaded below:
Social Cohesion and Nation-Building
Defining social cohesion
The department defines social cohesion as the degree of social integration and inclusion in communities and society at large, and the extent to which mutual solidarity finds expression among individuals and communities.
In terms of this definition, a community or society is cohesive to the extent that the inequalities, exclusions and disparities based on ethnicity, gender, class, nationality, age, disability or any other distinctions which engender divisions distrust and conflict are reduced and/or eliminated in a planned and sustained manner - this with community members and citizens as active participants, working together for the attainment of shared goals, designed and agreed upon to improve the living conditions for all.
Nation-building is the process whereby a society with diverse origins, histories, languages, cultures and religions come together within the boundaries of a sovereign state with a unified constitutional and legal dispensation, a national public education system, an integrated national economy, shared symbols and values, as equals, to work towards eradicating the divisions and injustices of the past; to foster unity; and promote a countrywide conscious sense of being proudly South African, committed to the country and open to the continent and the world.
Nation-building in this sense, and in the context of South Africa, cannot be the perpetuation of hierarchies of the past, based on pre-given or ethnically engineered and imposed divisions of people rooted in prejudice, discrimination and exclusion. It calls for something else; that is, a rethinking, in South African terms, of what social cohesion, linked to nation-building, should be. It should, no doubt and in essence, be directed towards the practical actualisation of democracy in South Africa.
Accordingly, a nation is conceived as a social formation based on the unity and equality of its members consisting of the following shared and recognised attributes:
Shared Origin and history, internationally recognised territory, unitary sovereign state, single judicial system, Single public education system, Nationally recognised languages, Nationally recognised cultures, Nationally recognised religions, shared values, shared symbols, and shared national consciousness.
In South Africa, the diverse cultures, languages and religions should not be seen as impediments to national unity given the statutory equality accorded to all citizens.