Media Releases 2014 - 2010

13 Apr 2010

The Ministry of Arts and Culture, the Creative Workers Union of South Africa (CWUSA) and the 2010 FIFA World Cup Organising Committee South Africa (OC) today again met to discuss the Official Kick-off Concert for the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

After a frank, fruitful two hour meeting in Sandton, Johannesburg, led by Arts and Culture Minister, Ms Lulu Xingwana, OC CEO Dr Danny Jordaan and CWUSA President, Mabutho Sithole, all three parties agreed on the need for the inclusion of additional South African artists in the line-up for the concert at Soweto's Orlando Stadium on 10 June 2010.

The following agreements were reached by the meeting:

11 Apr 2010

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Lulu Xingwana, will lead a contingent of South African writers, publishers, booksellers, librarians and other book sector stakeholders to the London Book Fair from 19-21 April 2010. Over 100 South African delegates have already confirmed their participation at this year’s London Book Fair.  

01 Apr 2010

PRETORIA: The Minister of Arts and Culture, Ms Lulu Xingwana, today met Dr Danny Jordaan, CEO of the LOC, and other LOC officials to discuss concerns around the dearth of South African and African artists participating in the FIFA June 10 concert at Orlando Stadium.

Representatives of concerned artists who also attended the meeting included the President and Secretary General of the Creative Workers Union of South Africa (CWUSA), Mr Mabutho Sithole and Mr Oupa Lebogo respectively, as well as Mr Don Laka and Ms Florence Masebe.

26 Mar 2010

The Ministry of Arts and Culture supports the outcry from artists about the dearth of South African and African artists at the June 10th concert in Orlando Stadium.

It is not fair that mainly artists from outside the country and the continent should welcome our guests. FIFA should recognise that there are a number of internationally acclaimed South African artists. We cannot condone South African artists being marginalised in their own motherland.

The artists are justified in expressing their grievances about their marginalisation by FIFA.

10 Mar 2010

The Department of Arts and Culture will host an event to mark in participation in the “Men in the Making Campaign” on 25 March 2010, an initiative by Tracker, Gauteng Department of Education and Metro FM. The campaign seeks to expose young high-school boys to various positive male role models and possibilities in career choice.

The pioneers of the campaign believe that boy children are also in need of attention, help, recognition and acknowledgement. The campaign was launched in 2009, with the aim of it growing into nationwide within two years.

02 Feb 2010

PRETORIA – In a frank and cordial meeting on 01 February 2010, Minister of Arts and Culture, Lulu Xingwana, praised her outgoing 2010 World Cup Task Team for their work.

Minister Xingwana thanked the 2010 World Cup Task Team for “a job well done” especially for their preparatory work for the Final Draw in December in Cape Town which helped to make the arts and culture component of the event a resounding success.

Minister Xingwana also praised the Task Team for their sterling work in helping to evaluate project proposals which the Department of Arts and Culture had received for 2010 Arts and Culture programmes.

Task team members thanked Minister Xingwana for the opportunity to serve the country in this way and indicated that “working through proposals was a massive undertaking”.