Speeches

11 Oct 2005

Dames en Here.

Dit is ‘n wonderlike voorreg vir my om deel van hierdie geleentheid vanaand te wees.

Die Afrikaanse Taalmuseum- en monument is vir ‘n baie lang tyd al ‘n kenteken van die identiteit van alle Afrikaans sprekendes.

Die vryheid om onsself uit te druk is een van die wonderlike prestasies van ons nuwe demokrasie. Hierdie vryheid kan duidelik gesien word in die feit dat ons alreeds elf amptelike tale het.

01 Oct 2005

As we step into the second decade of our democracy, we are embarking on a voyage that is destined to bring closer the day when all the people of our country can realize their dreams.

30 Sep 2005

It is, therefore, very fitting that Heritage Month should culminate today with us celebrating International Translation Day, with the theme "Translation and Human Rights". It is not only a very relevant theme for South Africans, whose Constitution proclaims the importance of healing the divisions of the past and the creation of a society based on democratic values, social justice and fundamental human rights, but it dovetails very well with the Heritage Month theme, which places the emphasis on our knowledge and our heritage, two very important human rights that find expression through our culture and our language.
Let us consider what a long way we have come in the promotion of translation and multilingualism. There is an Italian proverb that says: "Translator, traitor".

04 Aug 2005

It is a great pleasure for me to take part in this very important ceremony today, which marks the conclusion of the third phase of the training programme for the conservators of the Timbuktu Manuscripts who were sent here for training by the Ahmed Baba Institute in Mali.

01 Aug 2005

During the first year of its existence, the Department of Arts and Culture has enjoyed considerable success. Being Minister of Arts and Culture has provided me with the opportunity to interact with the ever-burgeoning arts sector on both formal and informal occasions. Throughout the past year a number of projects have highlighted the broad spectrum of the work covered by this annual report and the new steps we are taking as the Department of Arts and Culture.

28 Jul 2005

It is indeed a pleasure and privilege for me to open the 2nd Arts and Culture Design Seminar hosted by the Ministry and the Department of Arts and Culture.Let me take this opportunity , on behalf of the Government of the Republic of South Africa and also the Ministry of Arts and Culture, to extend a very warm welcome to everyone present here and those participating in the events of this Fashion Week, and a special welcome to all our friends from our sister countries.

18 May 2005

Patrice Lumumba, in his last letter before his execution in 1961, said: “Africa will write its own history, and it will be, to the north and to the south of the Sahara , a history of glory and dignity”.

These are powerful words, written by a man who believed absolutely in the freedom, prosperity and dignity of the African continent. His words, and those of many who followed, challenge us. We are a continent grappling with a colonial past, but spurred on by a bright future. Here, South Africa is fortunate to have had more than a decade of peace and prosperity and, as the custodian of the collective memory of South Africans, the Department of Arts and Culture takes Lumumba's challenge literally.

18 May 2005

This year we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Freedom Charter. We celebrate because the Freedom Charter is a living document in which the needs and aspirations of the people of South Africa are articulated. This charter is not an ANC document per se, but was crafted on behalf of all the oppressed people of South Africa.

18 May 2005

Madam Speaker
Ministers and Deputy Ministers
Honourable Members
Ladies and Gentlemen

Patrice Lumumba, in his last letter before his execution in 1961, said: “Africa will write its own history, and it will be, to the north and to the south of the Sahara , a history of glory and dignity”.

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