Members of the media are invited to attend the Official Memorial Service of the internationally renowned liberation struggle stalwart and South Africa’s National Poet Laureate, Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile, who passed away on Wednesday, 3 January, after a short illness. The Official Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, 11 January 2018 at the Johannesburg City Hall in Gauteng.
We are gathered here to provide update on the progress made towards the burial and commemoration of internationally renowned liberation struggle stalwart and South Africa’s National Poet Laureate, Keorapetse “Bra Willie” Kgositsile, who passed away on Wednesday, 3 January, after a short illness.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa extends his heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of distinguished poet and stalwart of the liberation struggle,Professor Keorapetse Kgositsile. Bra Willie,as he was fondly called by the young and old,remained an inspiration to many in the political and literary landscape.
“We have learnt with sadness of the passing of the multi-talented Iko Mash, arts personality and stylist, actor and singer, ” said Minister Mthethwa. Born with the name Billy Mothola Emmanuel Mashiloane, Iko hailed from Meadowlands, Soweto and learnt at an early age that he was different from others, embracing female dress.
“It has come as a shock to hear of the passing of the composer and guitarist, Errol Dyers,” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa. His name is synonymous with that brand of African jazz called Goema. He kept alive the rich musical culture of the people who had lived in District 6 prior to their forced removal to far-flung places on the Cape Flats.
“We are shocked and saddened by the sudden passing of the trumpet player and head of the Gauteng Music Academy, Johnny Mekoa. The nation has lost one of its most talented and selfless musical sons,” said Minister Nathi Mthethwa.
Kubheka, popularly known for his role as Gunman in Yizo Yizo, has also appeared in a number of successful productions such as Zone 14, Jacob's Cross, Generations and many others where he gained his fame.
We remember his famous last words, “My blood will nourish the tree that will bear the fruits of freedom. Tell my people that I love them. They must continue the fight,” which continues to inspire us even to this day.
On this morning of the 28th of March 2017, the world woke up to the sad news of the passing of Ahmed "Uncle Kathy" Kathrada, a gallant hero of the struggle for our liberation who consistently fought for justice for all throughout his adult life until his passing.
Arts and Culture Deputy Minister, Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi will host a meeting with the European counterparts on the development and policy implementation of community cultural centres on Monday, 20 February 2017 at the National Department of Arts and Culture offices in Pretoria.