Media Advisories 2019 - 2015
Freedom Month commemorates the historic occasion in 1994 when South Africa achieved freedom and democracy. The National Freedom Day Celebrations will be held on April 27, 2019 at the Miki Yili Stadium, Sarah Bartmann District Municipality, Makhanda in the Province of the Eastern Cape, under the theme, “Celebrating 25 Years of Democracy”.
As we reflect on the contribution of our neighbouring countries during the liberation struggle, the South African Government through the National Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in collaboration with the South African Embassy, and the Ministry of Culture and Communication of Madagascar will host the Radio Freedom Equipment Repatriation Ceremony.
Members of the press are hereby advised and invited to a briefing by Minister Nathi Mthethwa alongside prominent African Artists on Tuesday, 16 April 2019, where he will be announcing the implementation of various programmes by the creative industries in response to, and in support for the victims of Cyclone Idai.
Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa alongside African Artist will on Tuesday, 16 April 2019 brief media on the solidarity support towards the victims of Cyclone Idai.
The briefing aims to pronounce camaraderie in support towards the three affected countries and make a call on all the South Africans, corporations, NGOs and individuals who have not responded, to those who have and are still responding, to the call for humanitarian assistance for victims affected by Cyclone Idai in Malawi, Mozambique and Zimbabwe to continue with the spirit of “Ubuntu”.
Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, will on Wednesday, 10 April 2019 deliver keynote address at the wreath laying ceremony of the liberation struggle icon, Chris Hani. The ceremony will take place at Thomas Nkobi Memorial Park, Heildeberg Road, Els Park.
Members of the media are invited as follows:
Date : Wednesday, 10 April 2019
Time : 10h00
Venue : Thomas Nkobi Memorial Park, Heildeberg Road, ELS PARK
Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa alongside Executive Chairperson of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) Mr Sifiso Mtsweni, and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the National Heritage Council (NHC), Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa will on Wednesday, 03 April 2019 brief media on the 40th commemoration of late Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu.
The briefing aims to highlight and celebrate the legacy of Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu as a key player in the liberation heritage of South Africa and give feedback on the success of the NYDA Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu Scholarship Fund.
South African Library for the Blind (Salb) 100th year celebration - Book Launch and Gala Dinner
The South African Library for the Blind (SALB) will be celebrating its 100 years of library service delivery to blind and visually impaired people of South Africa during 2019.
The Centenary celebration events planned for the year will start with a Book Launch and Gala Dinner that will be hosted by the SALB Board on the 28th of March 2019 in Makhanda.
The Department of Arts and Culture will have a provincial launch together with the National Art Bank of South Africa (NABSA) under the theme: “Tswela Pele: (ngesizulu singasho sithi Qhubekela Phambili)” The provincial launch will take place at the Durban Art Gallery in KwaZulu Natal. The National Art Bank of South Africa is a national programme of the Department of Arts and Culture as part of the Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE) strategy implementation.
The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in partnership with Vaal University of Technology (VUT) will host Human Rights Month dialogue on Tuesday, 19 March 2019 at the Desmond Tutu Great Hall, VUT. The dialogue will be hosted under the theme, “Promoting and Preserving Indigenous Languages as a Human Right”.
The 2019 Human Rights Dialogue will draw attention to: Critical importance of indigenous languages; and the urgent need to preserve, revitalise and promote indigenous languages.
Members of the media who have applied for accreditation to cover the 2019 National Human Rights Day Commemoration on Thursday, 21 March, at George Thabe Cricket Pitch, Sharpeville in Vereeniging are requested to collect their accreditation cards as follows:
Date: Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Time: 09h00 – 17h00
Venue: Sharpeville Community Hall, Vereeniging
Date: Wednesday, 20 March 2019