Department of Sport, Arts and Culture thanks the sectors for submitting their applications for the COVID-19 Sector Relief Fund
On 25 March 2020, Minister Nathi Mthethwa committed R150 million towards a Relief Fund to assist artists, athletes, technical personnel and its core ecosystem, to soften the economic impact of the COVID – 19 pandemic.
We have just been informed that the late Sanusi, our spiritual elder, uBaba Credo Vusamazulu Mutwa, will be laid to rest on Saturday 4 April 2020. His final resting place will be in the Northern Cape, where he has been accorded a Provincial Special Official funeral.
Our country is dealing with a national emergency, as all efforts of the government, private sector and civil society combine to fight the health disaster that threatens to ensue with the rapid spread of COVID-19 across our provinces.
President of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency, MC Ramaphosa, in his address to the nation on the 15 March 2020, declared the spread of Corona Virus (Covid-19) a national disaster. This declaration necessitated the implementation of measures to mitigate the challenges.
The existence of the Pan South African Language Board derives its mandate from the primary law of the land, the 1996 Constitution of the Republic of South Africa. Section 6, of chapter one, the Constitution says the following amongst others: “A Pan South African Language Board established by national legislation must promote, and create conditions for, the development of all languages…”
Minister Mthethwa held urgent consultative meetings with the Cultural and Sports sectors respectively on 17 Mar. The purpose of the consultations was to share vital information on the status of the Coronavirus in South Africa, and assess the adverse consequences for both industries, with a view of making proposals to mitigate the impact thereof.
Fellow South Africans I extend my warm welcome to all of you present in this gathering. We are meeting in during the month that the people of this country through their government have declared a human rights month.
The Department of Arts and Culture is the custodian on South Africa’s social cohesion process and plays a leading role in ensuring that the vision of the National Development Plan (NDP) of a transformed and socially cohesive society is realised.
The Ministry of Sports, Arts and Culture under the leadership of Minister, Nathi Mthethwa has learnt with shock and sadness of the passing of 'Mama' Mantwa Khoza, the wife of Premier Soccer League Chairman and owner of Orlando Pirates Football Club, Dr Irvin Khoza.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa is proud to announce that in the past 3 years (2017-2019), just under R27-million has been invested in Athletics South Africa (ASA) Development initiatives. The initiatives speak to an aligned Development Strategy aimed at the Athletics' body's success at the Olympic Games.