I extend my warmest greetings to all of you present. Today marks an important day in the life of our country. In this small corner of Ward eight (8), Kwa-Mthethwa we have gathered to officially handover a library to this community.
I extend my warmest greetings to all of you present. We have gathered here to advance the cause for peace, social progress and economic justice for all our people. A task that we should not take light. For us to be where we are, others laid down their lives.
We have gathered here this morning to deal with a matter of national significance, that is a memory of a nation. A nation, which does not know and honour its past, is like a tree without roots.
It is a great honour and privilege to deliver this State of the Nation Address. This Address should have been delivered last week, but was delayed so that we could properly manage issues of political transition. I wish to thank Honourable Members and the people of South Africa for their patience and forbearance.
We meet here today on what is a highly anticipated occasion as we launch the Art Bank by opening an exhibition of artworks that will form part of the curated art collection, of the Art Bank.
This year marks the 14th annual national oral history conference organized by the Oral History Association of South Africa (OHASA), the National Archives of South Africa and the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture in Eastern Cape.
I welcome you all this morning to the 18th Annual Conference of the Library and Information Association of South Africa (LIASA). Congratulations to LIASA for reaching teenage years. It is now an opportune time to re-imagine the significance and impact of library services in our country.
Today, we gather here to pay homage to one of our most revered and loved artists - Oom Ray, also fondly known as Bra Ray and Tata Ray and Chikapa - because first and foremost he was an uncle and brother to us all, a member of the family and a true patriot who loved this country with all his heart.
Today South Africa marks 41 years since the heroic uprising by the youth of our country on 16 June 1976. This year’s national commemoration is held in the home of our struggle stalwart, JB Marks, whose remains we fetched from Russia and reburied here two years ago, and whose tombstone was unveiled in February this year.
As I make my maiden speech today in Parliament as the new Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, I would like to immediately convey my gratitude to Minister Mthethwa and the entire Department for warmly welcoming me in their midst.