Minister Mthethwa wishes to announce that on Friday 29 June 2018 the Government Gazette has published the changing of the name of the town of “Grahamstown” to “Makhanda”.
Minister Mthethwa would like to express his heartfelt wishes for the speedy recovery of your husband- legendary photographer Jürgen Schadeberg, following the recent admission of this legend and icon of visual storytelling into a hospital in Spain.
Minister Nathi Mthethwa is proud to announce that as of this day, 2 July 2018, South Africa is home to a new World Heritage Site. “Barberton Makhonjwa Mountains” has been inscribed on the prestigious World Heritage List by the 42nd UNESCO World Heritage Committee, currently underway in Bahrain since 24 June under the chair of HE Shaikha Haya Bint Rashed al-Khalifa of Bahrain
Minister Mthethwa wishes to convey his deepest sympathy to the family of legendary, and arguably one of the longest practicing award-winning photojournalists, David Goldblatt, at this sad time of his passing.
Minister Mthethwa has learnt of the fresh legal challenge that has been or is being launched by Siyandisa Music (Pty) Ltd at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria seeking the relief that amongst others- it be the exclusive licensee of the intellectual property (IP) of Miriam Makeba.
The Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) is disappointed and dismayed to read the reportage of journalist Charl Blignaut in City Press today pertaining to the North Gauteng High Court outcome two weeks ago that favoured the Miriam Makeba Foundation and the ZK Makeba Trust in the interdict application brought by Siyandisa Music.
The issue of the renaming of Airports in the country has been one that has been topical in recent weeks. While numerous individuals and entities have added their voices to the deafening chorus of what airport names should be changed to what, the Ministry wishes to advise that Minister is closely monitoring the ongoing discussions including what has emanated from public consultations nationwide.
In March this year Minister Nathi Mthethwa read media reports on online platforms with statements that the government of Britain had expressed reservations about South Africa’s intention to expropriate land without compensation.
The Minister of Arts and Culture, HE Mr Nathi Mthethwa visited Angola on the invitation of counterpart, HE Mrs Carolina Cerqueira.
The purpose of the meeting was to follow up on commitments made in the “Agreement of Cooperation” (PoC) in the field of “Arts and Culture and Programme of Cooperation”. The Ministers agreed to fast track the implementation of the Agreement and recommend the renewal of the PoC.
During the visit, the two Ministers visited several sites of historical importance to both countries in Luanda and Cuando Cubango Provinces. Together with the areas incorporated in the PoC, the Ministers agreed to prioritize the following:
The Ministry of Arts and Culture has been following media reports on the home once occupied by struggle stalwart, the “Mother of the Nation” and former Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture (DAC) Mama Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.