Former Minister Speeches

07 Feb 2007

On behalf of the South African government, I would like to extend a warm welcome to President Hu Jintao and the delegation from the People’s Republic of China.

We are honoured to have Your Excellency here today at Maropeng, which is part of the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, one of the seven World Heritage sites that South Africa has inscribed on the World Heritage List.

10 Apr 2006

I once again have the honour to greet you on behalf of the people of South Africa and their government. In opening today’s proceedings I am extremely mindful of the challenges that we are called upon to address.

Film and the cinema differ from the other disciplines because they are so eminently democratic. Film is comprehensive, combining the visual with the aural, and with the advances made in technology, can even harness the tactile

21 Mar 2006

I feel greatly honoured by the invitation to address you today. Today marks the launch of the year-long celebrations of Satyagraha. I must congratulate the Phoenix Settlement Trust for having chosen today, South African Human Rights Day, a day we have set aside in the calendar to mark an extremely tragic day in the history of our country.

08 Mar 2006

It is indeed a great pleasure for me to close today’s debate as the previous speakers indicated for some of us today started extremely early, but I think it was well worth it.

Cabinet, on 7 December 2005 tasked the Department of Arts and Culture to lead the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the women’s Anti-Pass March of August 1956. It also approved the establishment of an Inter Ministerial Committee to co-ordinate this year’s celebrations

08 Mar 2006

Let me also acknowledge and thank Ster-Kinekor, Gauteng Province, the City of Johannesburg and a number of other bodies for their participation in tonight’s events.

We are here tonight to celebrate yet another success of the South African film industry . The reception that the cast and the team responsible for making “Tsotsi” have received in every part of the country that they have visited over the last six to seven days speaks for itself.

05 Mar 2006

The South African film industry has once again done the country proud. On Sunday 5th March 2006, the film “Tsotsi”, won an Academy Award in the category of Best Foreign Film.I want the cast and production team of the acclaimed movie “Tsotsi” to know that I and millions of other South Africans salute them for the splendid and challenging contribution they have made to indigenous African film making

25 Nov 2005

It is a great honour for me to be addressing this kind of an audience that is mostly made up of our musicians, people who have spent their lives before audiences.In the State of the Nation Address on the 14 of February 2003, President Mbeki referred to the critical role that the New Partnership for African Development, NEPAD, is playing in knitting together the peoples of Africa. This thrust was heralded by the formation of the African Union amongst whose principal aims is to translate NEPAD into concrete projects that will impact positively on the lives of the people of this continent. ?In the implementation of our programmes, the President said ?we need to pay particular attention to culture, music and arts as the manifestation of our self-image??.

22 Nov 2005

Among the amaRharabe clans, living in the western borderlands of the early 19th century Xhosa kingdoms, there emerged a religious figure, Ntiskana, the son of Gabha of the Cirha clan. It is said that this young father, a person of some substance in his own community, began experiencing visions that exhorted him to convert to a new religion. After one particularly acute such experience, he went down to the river and washed off the red ochre with which the Xhosa people decorated their bodies and adopted this new religion.

01 Oct 2005

As we step into the second decade of our democracy, we are embarking on a voyage that is destined to bring closer the day when all the people of our country can realize their dreams.

18 May 2005

Patrice Lumumba, in his last letter before his execution in 1961, said: “Africa will write its own history, and it will be, to the north and to the south of the Sahara , a history of glory and dignity”.

These are powerful words, written by a man who believed absolutely in the freedom, prosperity and dignity of the African continent. His words, and those of many who followed, challenge us. We are a continent grappling with a colonial past, but spurred on by a bright future. Here, South Africa is fortunate to have had more than a decade of peace and prosperity and, as the custodian of the collective memory of South Africans, the Department of Arts and Culture takes Lumumba's challenge literally.