Programme Director, Dr Buhle Mbambo-Thata
Honourable Ministers and Deputy Ministers from the African continent
IFLA Secretary-General, Ms Jennefer Nicholson
We are gathered this evening at the foremost institution to celebrate the telling of the story of our development as a people and a country.
We gather on this occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter beholden to those men and women who came together on the 26th of June 1955 at the ‘Congress of the People’ in Kliptown to craft a vision for a free and fair South Africa.
The creative economy is one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy, not just in terms of income generation but also for job creation and export earnings.
We have met here today to launch 2015 Youth Month, another significant month in the history of our country. I am particularly excited to be part of this occasion and to witness the celebration of our cultural heritage, reaffirming that as a nation we are united in our diversity.
We gather here this morning to highlight and celebrate the intuitive link between business and the arts. The arts are a serious business.
We gather here this morning to observe and celebrate Africa Day. We gather here within the richest square mile of the South African economy.