Keynote address by Deputy Minister Maggie Sotyu at the media briefing of South Africa Cultural Season, Marriott Hotel, ACCRA in Ghana

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15 Oct 2018


Programme Director:

Minister of Arts, Culture and Tourism of Ghana, Honourable Catherine Abelema Afeku, MP

High Commissioner, Her Excellency, Ms. L. Xingwana

Members of the Media,            

Artists & officials,

Ladies and gentlemen

Fellow Africans, I extend my warmest greetings to all of you.  I stand before you today to do just one important assignment, to outline the South Africa Cultural Season programme as part of Department’s Africa Cultural Seasons Programme.

Ladies and gentleman, the main aim of this programme is to showcase South Africa’s artistic and cultural talent, promote regional integration in order to support efforts towards expanded trade of our cultural goods and services.

Fellow Africans, The Africa Cultural Seasons by the Department will contribute in the implementation of the African Union Charter for African Cultural Renaissance and African Union Agenda 2063, which both elaborate on the importance of Africa’s total emancipation and development, and call for Africa to unite in cultural diversity and African Renaissance through creative and cultural industries.

This year, South Africa marks the centenary of the life of our nation’s founding father Nelson Mandela under the theme: “Be the legacy”. This is also the theme for the Africa Cultural Seasons. In line with this theme, the programme will celebrate the Centenary of Nelson Mandela through music, dance, fashion and design, exhibition, craft, and other cultural expressions.

The programme will include sharing of experiences and expertise through Master Classes as Africa and the world at large continues to reflect on his contribution in the liberation struggle and to humanity. The Cultural Seasons will also celebrate and embrace the Centenary of Mama Albertina Sisulu, under theme, “A Woman of Fortitude”.

Ladies and gentlemen, you will remember that, in the life of every nation, there arise men and women who leave an indelible and eternal stamp on the history of their peoples; human beings who are both products and makers of history.

And when they pass they leave a vision of a new and better life and the tools with which to win and build it. Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu were such people that we need to immortalised.


The objectives of the Africa Cultural Seasons are to-:

  • strengthen Africa Bilateral Relations;
  • implement and bring to life the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance;
  • promote regional integration by strengthening people to people contact harmonize policies and share skills and expertise;
  • support partnerships for SA cultural goods within the continent;
  • serve as a vehicle to implement Cultural Agreements and relations with identified countries in the continent and create relations that are mutually beneficial and sustainable
  • Promote cultural diplomacy for a broader Government socio-economic agenda.


South African Seasons in Ghana (15 – 19 October 2018)

15 October           

10h00          : Exhibition Opens – AICC

11h00          : Official Opening Gala with Cultural Programme - The   Marriott Hotel, hosted by the South Africa Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Magdalene Sotyu.


16 October           

10h00          : Opening of the Exhibition

10h00          : Official Walk through by the South African Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture and Minister of Arts, Culture and Tourism of Ghana


11h00          : Public Lecture Key Note address by the South African Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, Magdalene Sotyu Theme Nelson Mandela – “Be the Legacy”.


18:30            : Opening of the Film Screenings – AICC


17 October           

10h00          : Exhibitions continue - AICC

09h00          : Workshop – Craft and Design - CYCC

09h00          : Workshop – Dance – Accra National Theatre

17h00          : Film Screening - AICC


18 October           

10h00          : Exhibitions Continue - AICC

09h00          : Workshop – Craft and Design - CYCC

18:30            : Dance extravaganza – Accra National Theatre


19 October           

10h00          : Exhibitions continue - AICC

19h00          : Closing Concert – AICC


The programme will be accompanied with a strong audio visual narration depicting a strong South African story line.


The Africa Cultural Seasons includes a star studded line-up including Mafikizolo, Brenda Mthambo, Mbuso Khoza, Gaddafi the poet, Berita and Musical Director Zwai Bala; and talented dancers from Luthando Dance Academy

Don’t miss out!


Come and Join us as we celebrate South Africa Cultural Season on the land of Africa’s icon and revolutionary, Kwame Nkrumah,


Thank you,