It is indeed a great honour and a privilege for me to stand here before you today. The occasion to celebrate the lives of the South African liberation struggle stalwarts, Moses Kotane and John Beaver (J.B.) Marks, offers us an opportunity to reflect on the common histories shared by the peoples of Russia and South Africa.
As we grow into a mature democracy that turns 21 in April this year, the memory and legacy of our stalwarts, Moses Kotane and JB Marks remain pivotal to telling our own stories and celebrating our heroes.
During the State of the Nation Address the President said the following about the youth, “Our youth is our future and their success fills us with immense pride”.
We are gathered here to celebrate the spirit and determination of young South Africans who are telling their own stories and writing their own history.
Our country is turning twenty one in three months time. We have spent more than 350 years under conditions of colonialism and apartheid.
I am pleased that you have joined us here today as we gather together to pave a direction for the social cohesion advocates’ programme.
As Dept of Arts and Culture we are proud to be the official sponsor of the 16th edition of the much-loved Cape Town International Jazz Festival. This Festival occupies a prominent space in the cultural calendar of all jazz lovers.
It is indeed a great honor for me to stand before you as your servant in this new year, 2015. I stand on this historic platform twenty five years after Tat’u Madiba gave his first public address in almost three decades of incarceration.
Celebrating Chief Luthuli: We meet here to celebrate the life and legacy of Chief Albert Luthuli, we are reminded of how far we have come and indeed how many people, individually and collectively, paved the way for our freedom.
We gather here today for the third annual Africa Century International African Writers Conference - a legacy project of the South African Literary Awards in partnership with the Department of Arts and Culture.