Media Releases 2020 - 2015

06 Nov 2020

The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture joins the rugby fraternity in mourning the passing of former SA Rugby President Mr Silas Nkanunu, who made history when he succeeded the late Louis Luyt as the organisation’s leader in the late 1990’s. He was the first black President of the South African Rugby Union (SARU). Mr Nkanunu was a Human Rights Lawyer who also served as Chairman of Sanzaar and briefly, Vice-Chairman of the International Rugby Board (IRB), now World Rugby.

02 Nov 2020

The impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on lives and livelihoods has been both far reaching and devastating beyond what could have been imagined. It is this recognition that prompted the continuation of work towards coming up with various measures and interventions to mitigate this negative impact.

30 Oct 2020

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our lives and livelihoods has been both far reaching and devastating beyond what we could have imagined. It is this recognition that has prompted government to continue working on ways and interventions to mitigate the negative impact on the sectors.

28 Oct 2020

Minister Nathi Mthethwa, on 26 October, received a formal report confirming the resignation of the entire board of Cricket South Africa (CSA).

21 Oct 2020

Ministry of Sport, Arts and Culture would like to send its warmest condolences to the family of the late Siswati prolific author Dr G.A Malindzisa. Dr Malindzisa is one of the literary giants the country has ever produced when it comes to Siswati language and literature.

19 Oct 2020

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in South Africa are launching a partnership agreement which aims to intensify efforts to strengthen national social cohesion.

14 Oct 2020

Following a series of meetings with CSA and most recently a meeting on 12 October, Minister Nathi Mthethwa has sent a letter to its Acting President, Mr Beresford Williams.

10 Oct 2020

When declaring COVID-19 a pandemic, the World Health Organization (WHO) implored the countries of the world to seek to “strike a balance between protecting health, minimising economic and social disruption, and respecting human rights.”

The COVID-19 Pandemic has caused significant disruption to the sporting sector.


Government had to consider whether particular sectors of the economy should be permitted to re-open and on what basis. These include the risk of transmission while the considering the ease of implementing mitigation measures, the expected impact on the sector of continued lockdown and value of the sector to the economy.



• In terms of the Regulations published by the Minister of COGTA, in Government Gazette No. 999 of 18 September 2020 provides for easing of restrictions on gatherings.

02 Oct 2020

This National Recreation Day event today comes at a time when as a country, we are grappling with issues of femicide, rape, gender-based violence and xenophobia and the Global pandemic of COVID-19.

25 Sep 2020

The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture has learned of the passing of Playwright, Author and Living Legend, Reverend Mzwandile Maqina, who contributed immensely to South Africa’s arts and cultural landscape.