Speeches

03 Sep 2015

“For an individual, reading opens up new worlds, reveals new ideas and suggests new opportunities.
For a nation, reading is a gateway to a different, better future. A winning nation actively promotes reading.
Reading books is not just an enjoyable past time. It is an integral part of our struggle to be a free and prosperous nation.”

31 Aug 2015

We convey our deepest gratitude to the family, Kgoshigadi Matlala, Bakone Traditional Council and community members of GaMatlala for allowing us to honour, Mme Makwena Matlala, the first African woman to be banished for opposing betterment policies imposed by the apartheid government through the Native Affairs Department.

31 Aug 2015

We convey our deepest gratitude to the family, Kgoshigadi Matlala, Bakone Traditional Council and community members of GaMatlala for allowing us to honour, Mme Makwena Matlala, the first African woman to be banished for opposing betterment policies imposed by the apartheid government through the Native Affairs Department.

25 Aug 2015

It is a great honour and a privilege for me to stand here in front of some of the most distinguished contributors to the South African arts, culture and heritage landscape. It is not every day that we find ourselves in company of such a cross-section of legends who have contributed immensely to the nation’s cultural heritage.

25 Aug 2015

We cannot help but feel overwhelmed with emotions when we see our legends, many of whom have not been in the public eye for a very long time, gathered under one roof and talk about their contribution to the nation’s heritage.

16 Aug 2015

On behalf of the South African Government and IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions, I would like to extend a warm welcome to all international and local delegates gathered here today in this vibrant yet rainy city of Cape Town, affectionately called the Mother City.

14 Aug 2015

Welcome to the southern tip of the continent and the home of “The Cradle of Humankind”, the birthplace of the earliest hominids. I trust that you will also visit our heritage sites and experience our rich arts and cultural life.

14 Aug 2015

I would like to extend our warmest welcome and a word of appreciation to all our visitors, ministers, country representatives, IFLA and delegates for heeding the clarion call for this meeting of African Ministers under the auspices of IFLA 2015 here in Cape Town.

30 Jul 2015
Programme Director:
Minister of Women, Ms Susan Shabangu
Veteran of the Women’s Struggle, Ms Sophie de Bruyn
International Guests and Members of the Diplomatic Corps
Distinguished Guests
Members of the media
 
Ladies and Gentlemen
 
I must hasten to convey sincere apologies from Minister Nathi Mthethwa, who could not be here with us at this august occasion due to other urgent matters of the state. He wishes us well as we launch this exciting programme of Women’s Month.
 
30 Jul 2015

We converge here a day before the African Union (AU) Pan African Women’s Day which is celebrated annually on the 31st of July. We are encouraged by this AU decision because it recognises one of the oldest women’s formations in Africa, The Pan African Women’s Organisation (PAWO) formed in 1962.

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