Former Minister Speeches

10 Sep 2009

A special thanks for the Moshito Board for inviting me for the opening of this special occasion in the calendar of our music industry. I feel very honoured.
I wish to extend a warm welcome to fellow Moshito 09 delegates form across the globe we are delighted and honoured to have you here in South Africa. I have noted the presence of the Norwegian Ambassador in South Africa Mr. Tor Christian Hildan. The French delegates who are in the country as part of our cultural cooperation mission with the French government. You are indeed specially welcomed.

01 Sep 2009

On behalf of the national Department of Arts and Culture, I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be part of the opening of this art exhibition celebrating the creative work of Mr Lefifi Tladi.

31 Aug 2009

Tonight is a night on which we celebrate the arts and we recognize those who through their efforts have achieved excellence in the arts. We also recognise individuals who through their projects ensure that we lead a rich and productive cultural life.

11 Aug 2009

The Bill of Rights in our Constitution states that everyone has the right of access to information. Libraries serve as an instrument to unlock all the richness of information that is available worldwide and that serves as the means to open the minds of people, thus eradicating illiteracy and developing people to enjoy intellectual freedom.

08 Aug 2009

We want to thank the principal and his spouse for donating the school and the learners who have assisted tonight.

We meet here tonight on the eve of the 53rd anniversary of the historic 1956 women’s march to the Union Buildings.

11 Jul 2009

I am honoured and pleased to be among you today as we inaugurate this month, July 2009 as 'Moral Regeneration Month.' Today is a historic occasion in the continuing battle to place our country and nation on the correct moral course that paves the way for social cohesion and nation building.

09 Jul 2009

Thank you for inviting me to attend the opening of the Heritage Funding Summit, and to share with you the thinking of my ministry on matters of heritage and funding.

07 Jul 2009

We gather here today as Africa and its Diaspora engaged in the African Union’s Second Pan African Cultural Festival, hosted by Algeria, which has become the theatre where our inherent rich artistic heritage will be exhibited for all to see. I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate the Government of the People’s Democratic Republic of Algeria and its people for making this continental event a reality, demonstrating an undying commitment to Africa’s renewal. We remain confident that the festival will leave a mark that will remain with us for years to come. We are also humbled by the warm reception and hospitality that we have received from the people of Algeria. Indeed, as the motto of the Festival states, ‘‘The African Renaissance is in Full Swing’’!

19 Jun 2009

Minister's budget vote speech (Webcast)

10 Jun 2009

I am honored to attend the official opening of the International Islam Expo, and humbled also, to have been personally invited to make a few comments on this occasion.