We meet today on what is and surely must be described as a historical occasion. Gathered in this room are the intellect and resources that must set and drive a new agenda for the arts in South Africa.
It is my honour to welcome the Chinese delegation led by Ambassador Xuejan to this gala dinner for the country of honour. We are glad that there is this opportunity at DISCOP Africa 2015 for networking, sharing ideas, addressing challenges and taking up opportunities.
“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.” These profound words spoken by our beloved Tata Nelson Mandela, gives impetus to the celebration of the International Translation Day.
It is indeed an honour and my distinct privilege to be in your presence yet again my Dear Brother and comrade, President Nyusi. We took a profound decision on 20 May 2015 during my State visit to your beautiful country that we would jointly commit to the timely unveiling of the Matola Raid Monument and Interpretive Centre.
Almost two centuries years ago, on this day in 1828, our country and continent lost the legendary King Shaka Zulu at the hands of his brothers. One of the enduring traditions that King Shaka bequeathed to his people was a culture of meritocracy.
"I am delighted to be part of the Isikhumbuzo saMahlubi which marks the 91st anniversary since the arrival of AmaHlubi here in Khayakhulu." said Deputy Minister Mabudafhasi
September is Heritage month. This year we have adopted the theme “Our Indigenous Knowledge, Our Heritage: Towards the Identification, Promotion and Preservation of South Africa’s Living Heritage”
The month of September is a time in which we have the opportunity to reflect on our past so that we understand where we are today and who we truly are. It is a time in which we are reminded, so that we do not lose sight of this, that the different strands of history have influenced us and shaped who we are and what it means to be free.
We are gathered here to witness yet another milestone in our journey towards the redefinition of our national heritage. The establishment of the National Heritage Monument is part of the government of the Republic of South Africa’s efforts to redress historical imbalances and instil a sense of pride and identity among the people of this beautiful land.
“I usually make sure that my stories are from Africa or my own background so as to highlight the cultural background at the same time as telling the story” These words spoken by a prolific Nigerian woman author, Buchi Emecheta, aptly resonate with what brought us here today.