The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture welcomes you to the research workshop on “Towards South African book development policy”. The South African Cultural Observatory, a project of the Department, organises quarterly workshops where research carried out in previous quarters or periods is disseminated and debated with the view of improving the quality of the research and also the work of the Department.
Before we talk to the subject of today’s gathering, let us pay tribute to the writers who have lost their lives during this weekend. It is with great sadness that we have heard of the passing of Myesha Jenkins, a poet supreme, an anti-apartheid activist, who chose to leave her home in California to make a new life in South Africa.
This week marks the commencement of Heritage Month under the theme: “Celebrating South Africa’s Living Human Treasures”. As the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, it is our responsibility to ensure that there is proper observance of the national commemorative program of government, inclusive of the national days, as determined by the Public Holidays Act of 1994, and of which the Heritage Day is one.
Fellow South Africans, I extend my warmest greetings to all of you, the circumstances of our day, the challenges of our time force us to gather in a manner we did not anticipate this time last year. The whole world has been turned upside down by the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Sixty-four years ago, our mothers, daughters, sisters and grandmothers stood defiant and proud, united in their demand to live in freedom.
They stood not for themselves alone, but for the rights of the generations of women yet to come.
I extend my warmest greetings to all of you who have tuned in. We live in extra-ordinary times. As humanity we face unprecedented challenges brought about by the outbreak of this pandemic called COVID-19.
On this day 57 years ago, the Organisation of African Unity was born. From the beginning it was dedicated to the idea that only through unity could Africa safeguard its independence and unlock its potential.
It is an honour and great privilege for me that I stand before this august forum of South Africans from all walks of life to address a gathering that seeks to tackle a very important and timely subject – that of building a social compact for Nation Building and Social Cohesion.
Let me take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge my counterparts from the various BRICS Countries responsible for culture for making time amid competing and pressing issues in their countries to attend and take part in the 3rd BRICS Culture meeting here in South Africa.