Speeches

16 Jul 2019

We extend our warmest greetings to all of you here present, on this year where we celebrate 25 years of democracy. Our artists continue to make us proud especially across our national borders.

16 Jul 2019

Within two days we mark the birthday of President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, an icon of our liberation and a world renowned statesman. I am reminded by his insightful words when he observed that: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”

27 Apr 2019

We are gathered here to celebrate the day we won our freedom. We are gathered here in the Eastern Cape – in the land of heroes and legends – to recall the battles that were fought, the setbacks that were suffered and the great victories achieved along our march to democracy.

16 Apr 2019

As of Friday, the 12th of April 2019, Cyclone Idai had cut a deadly swathe through Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, and the World Bank currently estimates the damage and repair thereof at these three countries at a cost of TWO BILLION US DOLLARS. This estimate is for recovery costs for the infrastructure and livelihood impacts.

04 Feb 2019

I extend my warmest greetings to all of you present in this summit. We have gathered here for the next two days to answer the fundamental question of what will be the contribution of the Creative and Cultural industry, particularly the film sector in developing the South African Story and thus contributing to the efforts of Nation building and Social Cohesion.

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.

15 Oct 2018

Fellow Africans, I extend my warmest greetings to all of you. I stand before you today to do just one important assignment, to outline the South Africa Cultural Season programme as part of Department’s Africa Cultural Seasons Programme.

25 Sep 2018

I have the honour to address this august body, the United Nations General Assembly for the first time as President of the Republic of South Africa.

01 Sep 2018

Fellow South Africans, I extend my warmest greetings to all of you. I stand before you today to do two important assignment though in most cases they are looked down upon. The first is to launch a heritage month, the second one is to launch the National Book Week.

28 Jun 2018

Let me first express my gratitude to you for having taken your time to attend this meeting which is the first of its nature. This is indeed the first time the African Ministers are meeting to discuss among themselves issues of common interest during the World Heritage Committee Session.

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