Minister Speeches

08 Dec 2010

We are gathered here this evening to recognize and celebrate the contribution of South African writers in the development of our literature and indeed in the development of our society.

04 Dec 2010

We have met here today to mark the 150th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Indian indentured workers and the birth of the Indian community in South Africa.

04 Dec 2010

We have met here today to mark the 150th Anniversary of the arrival of the first Indian indentured workers and the birth of the Indian community in South Africa.

On this important occasion, we wish to reiterate once more that; the South African Indian community, whose fore-fathers came from India to work as indentured labourers, 150 years ago, are today as South African as any other citizen of our country.

25 Nov 2010

Thank you for inviting us to speak at the 35th World Congress of the International Alliance of Women.Before I address this Conference I request that we observe a moment of silence in honour of one of the veterans of our liberation struggle and in particular the struggle for gender equity uMama uBertha Gxowa, who passed on last week.

25 Nov 2010

Thank you for inviting us to speak at the 35th World Congress of the International Alliance of Women.

Before I address this Conference I request that we observe a moment of silence in honour of one of the veterans of our liberation struggle and in particular the struggle for gender equity uMama uBertha Gxowa, who passed on last week.

20 Nov 2010

Thank you for inviting us to speak at this important International Forum on Cultural Heritage and Landscape.

This Forum, which is aimed at deepening our understanding of the role arts, culture and heritage can play in advancing the development of societies, is taking place in the City of Florence, itself a place with an immense cultural and artistic heritage expressed in its numerous churches, palaces, art galleries, museums, villages and piazzas.

19 Nov 2010

Contralesa was founded on the basis of the ideology of the progressive liberation movement in South Africa. By subscribing to the popular liberation movement in our country large sections of the traditional leadership chose the agenda which represented the genuine interests of the majority of South Africans

17 Nov 2010

We have met here today to witness the unveiling of the beautiful paintings by Ndebele women from South Africa on the walls of the Nelson Mandela Forum building.

This act of painting the walls of the Nelson Mandela Forum using patterns by Ndebele artists, whose work combines tradition and artistic innovation and is in many ways symbolic of the “rainbow nation” that South Africa has become, signifies this place as a meeting point of cultures.

13 Nov 2010

Though the death of Hotep Galeta last week left us shocked and saddened, and will remain a deep loss on many levels to all of us, I think that as we bid him farewell we should remember that he would not have wanted us to remain paralyzed by it. He would have preferred that we celebrate his life.

13 Nov 2010

Though the death of Hotep Galeta last week left us shocked and saddened, and will remain a deep loss on many levels to all of us, I think that as we bid him farewell we should remember that he would not have wanted us to remain paralyzed by it. He would have preferred that we celebrate his life.

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