Speeches

21 Mar 2016

In particular, we remember the victims of the Sharpeville massacre, where 69 people were mercilessly killed and scores were injured when police opened fire on demonstrators who were protesting against the hated pass laws, in Sharpeville.

20 Mar 2016

We are pleased that the theme for 2016 is “Imagine” as this takes us into a new space and time of planning for the future and re-inventing the SAFTAS after its first ten years of existence.

20 Mar 2016

This year marks the 195th anniversary of the freedom of the Republic of Greece from the oppression of Ottoman Empire. Those gallant Greek Patriots who gave up everything to guarantee the bright future for generations demonstrated to us through force of example that no matter the difficulties of the day, the human spirit would triumph over oppression.

14 Mar 2016

The International Time of the Writer Festival coincides with the South African Library Week taking place from 11 until 21 March, under the theme, “#libraries4lifelonglearning”.

01 Feb 2016

Accept my warm greetings on behalf of the South African government and the Department of Arts and Culture in the spirit of Ubuntu. Let me also add to the words of welcome to this session where we also welcome your anticipated and expected collective wisdom on the greatest challenges and historic mission of our generation.

21 Jan 2016

Let me welcome you to a new year. And every new year presents an opportunity for us to renew our commitments to our families, our communities, ourselves and our contribution to the country as a whole.

09 Dec 2015

We, the people of South Africa, united in our diversity, commemorate the month of December as Reconciliation Month. It is in this month that South Africans from all walks of life, black and white, men and women, young and old are encouraged to reach out to one another as we continue to work together to build a united and prosperous nation.

09 Dec 2015

We, the people of South Africa, united in our diversity, commemorate the month of December as Reconciliation Month. It is in this month that South Africans from all walks of life, black and white, men and women, young and old are encouraged to reach out to one another as we continue to work together to build a united and prosperous nation.

04 Dec 2015

The Freedom Charter continues to guide and inform the transformation path of our beautiful country, of building a South Africa that belongs to all who live in it, black and white. A South Africa that also belongs to girls, boys, men and women with disabilities who live in it, black and white.

04 Dec 2015

The National Development Plan – Vision 2030 advocates that “the transformation of the economy should involve the active participation and empowerment of women. The role of women as leaders in all sectors of society should be actively supported. Social, cultural, religious and educational barriers to women entering the job market should be addressed”.

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