Former Minister Speeches
Some ten years ago the planning of a new building for the Pretoria Campus of the National Library of SA first began. What we are about today is taking the first step towards the realization of that plan. It is indeed a great pleasure for me to be here.
The purpose of this gathering is to honour the Government of Japan for the Grants-in-Aid they have given to South Africa for the past three years. The recipients of the grants in the past years are the following government institutions, the Robben Island Museum, the Market State Theatre, and the Film Archives. The recipient of the 2005 Grant-in-Aid being the State Theatre will receive an amount of Forty Four million Five Hundred Thousand Yen (approximately 2 Million Rand at the present exchange rate)