Closing ceremony on the African Experts’ Virtual Meeting on Sites of Memory and World Heritage Convention in Africa and Inter-Ministerial Meeting

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08 Apr 2021

In line with the declaration of the year, 2021 as the year for Arts, Culture, and Heritage at the 33rd African Union Summit of Heads of States and Governments, the Government of South Africa led by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) in partnership with the African World Heritage Fund (AWHF), Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), as well as the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO), began a virtual meeting on Sites of Memory and World Heritage Convention in Africa, culminating in an Inter-Ministerial Meeting from 6 - 9 April 2021.

The objectives of the planned four-day meeting was for the Expert Meeting on Sites of Memory and the World Heritage Convention in Africa and the Meeting of Ministers of Culture to further reflect on the operationalisation of the concept of sites associated with memories of recent conflicts within the framework of the World Heritage Convention in Africa, determine how best the attributes related to memory in Africa can meet the requirement of World Heritage, and develop a practical framework about sites associated with memories of recent conflicts in Africa.

The experts’ will tomorrow, Friday, 9 April 2021 present outcomes of the past three days to Ministers of Culture in the African Continent.

There will be an opportunity for media to engage with the speakers. Media is therefore hereby invited to attend and cover the ceremony as follows:
Date: 09 April 2021
Time: 12h20 AM Harare, Pretoria
Venue: Join Zoom Meeting at,
Meeting ID: 992 0662 9881
Passcode: 572320

NB: Please note to rsvp for coordination.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Minister for Sport, Arts, and Culture, to convey a keynote address. The following official authorities are expected to attend: Honourable Barbara Creecy, Minister for Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment, South Africa, Mr. Vusumuzi Mkhize; Chairperson of AWHF, H.E. Mr. Albertus Aochamub, President of Africa Group at UNESCO; President of the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS); Director-General of the International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property (ICCROM); Mechtild Rössler, Director of UNESCO World Heritage Centre (WHC); Mr. Ernesto Ottone Ramirez, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture; H.E. Ms. Amira El Fadil, African Union Commissioner for Health, Humanitarian Affairs, and Social Development.

Media RSVP:
Ms. Luyanda Sithole | Partnership officer I African World Heritage Fund (AWHF) | E-mail: Tel: (+27 66 384 1095)
Other inquiries please contact:
Ms. Zimasa Velaphi I Head of Communications and Marketing (DSAC) I E-mail: Tel: (+27 72 172 8925)
Ms. Masechaba Khumalo I Spokesperson for Minister (DSAC) I E-mail: Tel: (+27 82 858 4415)

Issued by the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture