Minister Speeches 2014 - 2010
The Department of Arts and Culture is proud to be a partner in the 21 Icons Project.To us this project is about preserving the legacy of the founding father of our democratic nation, Tata Nelson Mandela and many other icons who have made a major contribution to the advancement of the South African society.
Today, the nation recalls the events of 16 June 1976 in Soweto, and remembers the heroism of our young people who took on the might of the apartheid state, in pursuit of freedom, equality and human rights.
On behalf of His Excellency, President Jacob Zuma, and the people of South Africa, I wish to thank you for inviting us to participate in this important debate on Culture and Development.This debate is a continuation of the work started in 2010 by the United Nations to place culture at the centre of development.We therefore welcome the decision to bring the world together to draw on each other’s experiences on the role of culture in development.
Let me take this opportunity on behalf of the people and the government of the Republic of South Africa to once again welcome my counterpart and brother His Excellency the Honorable Minister of Culture and the Arts from the Republic of Congo; Minister Jean-Claude Gakosso and his esteemded delegation to South Africa.
This is indeed not our first meeting and I am confident it will not be our last
We meet here today to take yet another important step in restoring the dignity of the Khoi and San people.These are our fellow South Africans who suffered untold humiliation, both in life and in death, in the hands of those who viewed them as not worthy of humane and decent treatment.
It gives us great pleasure to present the Department of Arts and Culture’s 2012/2013 Budget Vote to the National Council of Provinces.Honourable Chairperson, we present our budget during of the youth month commemorations.
Welcome to this launch of the build-up programme towards the celebrations of twenty years of freedom and democracy in our country.This is indeed a special occasion and we thank you heartily that you were able to join us.Programme Director, next year in 2014, our country will celebrate twenty years of freedom and democracy.
As South Africa we are proud to be back again at this year’s Venice Biennale; the Olympics of the art world.As we promised when we were here two years ago, we have this time brought a much bigger exhibition.We are satisfied that, once again, we have brought to the Biennale some of the finest artists and visual art works our country has to offer.
We have met here to announce the list of artists that will be featured at this year’s Joy of Jazz Festival.The Joy of Jazz has become one of the premier events on our country’s jazz scene.It is also one of our flagship initiatives, as the Department of Arts and Culture, that we will continue to support as we implement the Mzansi Golden Economy Strategy.
Honourable Speaker, since 2009 our work has been in line with our electoral mandate, guided by the theme; “Working together we can do more”. Despite the many challenges that still lie ahead, we are satisfied that we have made considerable progress in delivering on our mandate and have laid a solid foundation for the future.