Translation: Promoting Cultural Heritage in Changing Times
International Translation Day (ITD) was launched in 1953 by the International Federation of Translators. It is celebrated worldwide every year on 30 September, the feast day of St Jerome, who is the patron saint of translators. The day presents an opportunity for paying tribute to the work of translators, terminologists, interpreters and language practitioners in general who endeavour to make the world a slightly smaller place by breaking down language barriers and allowing great literature to be enjoyed far more widely. Dedicated events, seminars, workshops, conferences and symposiums are held across the world to celebrate ITD.
The 2018 National Book Week is brought to you by the Department of Arts and Culture and South African Book Development Council and it programme will run from 3 to 9 September and will be celebrated in all nine provinces.
The theme for this year’s event is #OURSTORIES, which is intended to highlight not only the fact that storytelling is deeply ingrained in African culture, but that South Africans can and should be the authors of their own stories.
The primary aims of the National Book Week is to:
How to Detect Fraud
The fight back by government against fraud and corruption is visible and is gaining momentum. Each of us on a daily sees or hears something that is untoward within our midst. Once you hear of maladministration do you keep it yourself or do you report it to the respective units that are dedicated to report fraud allegations.
For you to be able to detect corruption or fraud, the first step is to know its characteristics:
On 09 August 2018, the nation will pause and remember the class of 1956, particularly at the National Women’s Day commemoration, at which the President of the Republic, His Excellency, Mr Cyril Matamela Ramaphosa, will deliver the main address in honour of the role played by South Africa’s women.
In terms of the Cultural Institutions Act, 1998 (Act 119 of 1998), members of the heritage fraternity and the general public are hereby invited to nominate persons to serve as members for the Councils of the following Declared Cultural Institutions:
- KwaZulu-Natal Museum (Pietermaritzburg)
- National Museum (Bloemfontein)
- Freedom Park (Pretoria)
When nominations are submitted, it should be borne in mind that the nominee requires a broad understanding and experience in the field of heritage, broad managerial and financial expertise, legal knowledge, knowledge of marketing and liaison, fundraising, education, cultural/social research, corporate governance as well as a willingness to render community service. The remuneration of the appointed nominees is in line with the remuneration scheme of the National Treasury guidelines.
The U40 is a UNESCO initiative that started in 2018 with the support of Sabrina Ho. This initiative is designed to increase opportunities for U40 women to access funding, infrastructure, equipment and co-production opportunities in the digital creative industries.
The call is open to non-governmental organisations that promote young female cultural entrepreneurs working in the digital creative industries.
The funding is up to US$100,000 per project (Approximately – R1,1 mil).
Colleagues are requested to distribute the above information to respective stakeholders.
The deadline for the applicants to submit their funding requests on-line application platform is 16 April 2018, midnight CET.
Each applicant should first create an account for the on-line application platform at:
The Department of Arts and Culture hereby invites members of the public to nominate people to serve as members of the South African Geographical Names Council. The Council consists of no more than 25 members of which 12 are representatives of the provinces, the South African Post Office, Chief Directorate: Surveys and Mapping and the Pan South African Language Board.
The function of the SAGNC is to advise the Minister of Arts and Culture on the standardisation and orthography of proposed new names and the changing, removing or replacing of existing names.
Nominees are to be knowledgeable or have special competencies in the following fields:
• Geography, Surveys and Mapping
• Official and Recognised Languages and Linguistics in general
• Culture, Heritage and Tourism.
Members of the SAGNC do not receive salaries, but are reimbursed for expenses associated with serving on the Council.
In terms of the Cultural Institutions Act, 1998 (Act 119 of 1998), the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa invites members of the performing arts (Playhouse/Theatre) fraternity and the general public to nominate persons to serve as members of Council of the Market Theatre Foundation (Cultural Institution)
Nominated candidates should possess a broad understanding and experience in the field of heritage; performing arts; managerial; financial expertise; legal; marketing and liaison; fundraising; education and cultural/social research; corporate governance, as well as a willingness to render community service. The remuneration of the appointed nominees is in line with the remuneration scheme of the National Treasury guidelines as prescribed in the Cultural Institutions Act as amended.
Anyone wishing to nominate persons to serve as members of Council of the aforementioned Performing Arts Institution (Cultural Institution) should submit the following: