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.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa wishes to advise members of the press that he has been learnt with great dismay and extreme disappointment of news reports of Mr Thando Mahlangu’s deplorable and humiliating treatment at the hands of staff and station management of Gautrain who prevented him from the boarding the train because he was wearing traditional Ndebele attire.
The changing of the name of Grahamstown to Makhanda has once more raised questions on the purpose of this crucial exercise. Minister Nathi Mthethwa wishes to advise members of the press and South Africans as a whole, that the final determination made on Tuesday 2 October (i.e. the new name “Makhanda”) is only but one example of the Department of Arts and Culture’s (DAC) progress in its mandate and commitment to deepen the transformation of the heritage landscape.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa wishes to advise members of the press that he has made a final determination concerning the gazetted name change of Grahamstown to Makhanda.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa invites members of the media to the official launch of Heritage Month on Saturday, 01 September 2018 at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, Howick in KwaZulu-Natal
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Minister Nathi Mthethwa wishes to advise members of the press that he has received just over 300 letters objecting to the gazetted name change of “Grahamstown” to “Makhanda”. The town falls under the “Makana Municipality” that is located in the Eastern Cape Province.