Media Advisories 2009 - 2005

21 May 2009

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Lulu Xingwana will speak at a symposium as part of the Africa Day celebrations. This event is organised by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Secretariat in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture. Under the theme: Unifying Africa through Education and Culture, African government officials, intellectuals and representatives of civil society will debate the role of education and culture in African development. Details of the symposium are as follows:

20 May 2009

Africa Day festivities are almost upon us, and with these come a host of celebratory events that will ensure that Joburg is abuzz with African flavour.

Brought to Johannesburg by the Department of Arts & Culture, the City of Joburg and the SABC2, this year’s Africa Day programme offers a feast of African music, dance, cuisine and crafts.

03 Nov 2008

Deputy Ministerof Arts and Culture, Ms Ntombazana Botha, invites members of the media to a launch of an exhibition of artefacts by people with disabilities. The exhibition will feature photographs from a coffee table book called, Look at me. The book is a ground-breaking work telling disabled South African women’s stories.

10 Oct 2008
Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Ntombazana Botha invites members of the media to the Sasol Wax Art award Ceremony. The award was launched in 2005 to promote innovation and excellence in visual arts. The award is targeted at artists with substantial exhibition profiles. With a total prize money of R230 000, the award represents top accolades for professional artists in South Africa.
23 Sep 2008

The South African government celebrates National Heritage Day on Wednesday, 24 September 2008 with a main event to be held at Maropeng, the Cradle of Humankind.

The National Heritage Day celebration is a culmination of the month-long programme of activities launched by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Pallo Jordan, in Johannesburg.

 Heritage Month recognises aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and intangible: creative expression such as music and performances, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as popular memory.

23 Sep 2008

The Deputy President of the Republic of South Africa, Ms. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, will, deliver a keynote address on 24 September, 2008 at the national Heritage Day celebrations. The celebrations will be held at Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind, Gauteng province.

05 Sep 2008

Dr. Z. Pallo Jordan, Minister of Arts and Culture invites media to the launch of Heritage Month programme of activities on Saturday, 8 September 2007 at Kwa-Langa Indoor Sports Center, Cape Town.

The month of September marks an important date in the Government Programme of Action wherein the Department Of Arts & Culture embarks on activities to highlight and celebrate South African heritage.

03 Sep 2008

The Chongqing Artistic Troupe from the People’s Republic of China stunned their South African audience with their brilliant performance of a repertoire called “Greetings from the Yangtze River” at the State Theatre last night. Significantly, the visit by the troupe coincides with our heritage month celebrations under the theme “Celebrating Our dance, Our heritage”.

28 Aug 2008

Members of the media are invited to a function to officially welcome the Chongqing Artistic Troupe as they tour South Africa. The tour is part of the 10th Anniversary celebrations of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the Republic of South Africa and the People’s Republic of China.

16 Jul 2008

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Dr Z Pallo Jordan will unveil the new home for the National Library of South Africa on 01 August 2008, in Pretoria.

R300-million was spent on the new building which will seat 1 300 users at any one time.

Significantly, the 33 000m² is 10 times more than the existing library.

Also, its 14 700m² of storage space will preserve the quality of the reading material, including newspapers dating back to the late 1800s.