Speeches

03 May 2016

We meet here today on what is and surely must be described as a historical occasion – at the opening of the two day seminar that commences today, commemorating the 10th anniversary of the African World Heritage Fund.

21 Mar 2016

Our mission since 1994 is to create a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa. This is the task of every South African.
Earlier this year, our country experienced explosions of anger due to racist utterances and writings which reminded South Africans that the vestiges of white supremacy and racism still exist in some sections of society.

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.
Hence there is also a new look for the awards, that pays homage to the one thing that film and television professionals yearn for - the Golden Horn.

14 Mar 2016

The theme for this year’s edition of the festival, “Decolonising the Book” resonates with the strategic objectives of the Department of Arts and Culture.We espouse a book sector that is diverse and seeks to cultivate equitable growth of all South African languages.

23 Feb 2016

I am very much delighted to be invited here to address a special breed of people in our society, who endeavour to make the world a slightly smaller place by breaking down language barriers and allowing great literature to be enjoyed far more widely.

10 Dec 2015

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.

10 Dec 2015

The founding father of our nation, Tata Madiba, once said:“We were expected to destroy one another and ourselves collectively in the worst racial conflagration. Instead, we as a people chose the path of negotiation, compromise and peaceful settlement. Instead of hatred and revenge we chose reconciliation and nation-building.”

04 Dec 2015

The 3rd of December has been designated by the UN to be commemorated annually as the International Day of persons with disabilities to promote awareness and mobilise support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development.

04 Dec 2015

Allow me from the onset to express my gratitude to the Founder and President of the Leading Women of Africa, Ms Madeleine Mkunu, for extending an invitation to me to be part of this prestigious occasion.

04 Dec 2015

The 3rd of December has been designated by the UN to be commemorated annually as the International Day of persons with disabilities to promote awareness and mobilise support for critical issues relating to the inclusion of persons with disabilities in society and development.

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