The 2019 National Heritage Day celebration will take place in the Northern Cape, in the Siyanda District Municipality, in Upington. The choice of the District has a historical and heritage significance since this year has been declared “the International Year of Indigenous Languages” by the United Nations.
We extend our warmest greetings to all of you here present, on this year where we celebrate 25 years of democracy. Our artists continue to make us proud especially across our national borders.
As of Friday, the 12th of April 2019, Cyclone Idai had cut a deadly swathe through Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, and the World Bank currently estimates the damage and repair thereof at these three countries at a cost of TWO BILLION US DOLLARS. This estimate is for recovery costs for the infrastructure and livelihood impacts.
I extend my warmest greetings to all of you present in this summit. We have gathered here for the next two days to answer the fundamental question of what will be the contribution of the Creative and Cultural industry, particularly the film sector in developing the South African Story and thus contributing to the efforts of Nation building and Social Cohesion.
Let me take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge my counterparts from the various BRICS Countries responsible for culture for making time amid competing and pressing issues in their countries to attend and take part in the 3rd BRICS Culture meeting here in South Africa.
Fellow South Africans, I extend my warmest greetings to all of you. I stand before you today to do two important assignment though in most cases they are looked down upon. The first is to launch a heritage month, the second one is to launch the National Book Week.
Let me first express my gratitude to you for having taken your time to attend this meeting which is the first of its nature. This is indeed the first time the African Ministers are meeting to discuss among themselves issues of common interest during the World Heritage Committee Session.
I want to extend my warmest greetings to all of you present, it gives me great joy to appear before parliament to present my budget vote and also to interact with you the representatives of our people.
I extend a word of welcome to all of you present here. I welcome you to the land of President Nelson Mandela and Ma Nontsikelelo Albertina Sisulu who had they lived, would have celebrated their 100th birthday this year.
Deputy President, Hon. DD Mabuza.
Social Cohesion Advocates.
Members of Media
It is once again a great honour and privilege that I too add my voice on this day on the commemoration to mark Human Rights Day.