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South African Cultural Observatory

The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) is a national statistical and socio-economic research project, established by the Department of Arts & Culture, with the purpose of developing a comprehensive cultural information system in South Africa. The South African Cultural Observatory is hosted by and based at the Nelson Mandela University, and co-hosted in partnership with Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare. The primary cultural domains, as idenitifed by UNESCO, such as arts, tourism, heritage, libraries and museums, are the main research focus of the SACO and such research will support the development of intellectual capacity across these sectors.

The key functions of the South African Cultural Observatory include the following:

  • Policy focused research (surveys, case studies)
  • Reviews of current programmes
  • M&E – impact of government spending
  • Collection of statistics (databases)
  • Physical and Online access
  • Networking, sharing, partnerships

Word from DAC

2017/18 Budget Vote Speech - Minister Nathi Mthethwa

SPEECH by Minister Nathi Mthethwa at the Arts and Culture 2017/18 Budget Vote, Parliament, Cape Town. "Today, we meet here on a day which has significance in our history as the 23rd May marks the 23 anniversary of admission of our country as the 53rd member state of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) now African Union (AU), in Tunis, Tunisia. It was at this historic gathering that Former President Nelson Mandela made the following commitments to heads of state and government..."

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Latest News

‘Youth are missing major opportunities in creative sector’

SOUTH AFRICAN youth are unaware of the job opportunities available in the creative and cultural industries (CCIs).

SAMRO bursaries help young musos live their dreams

THE SAMRO Foundation has cemented its commitment to investing in South African music by awarding five special bursaries to high-calibre students.

Call for nominees to serve on The Market Theatre Foundation Council

IN TERMS of the Cultural Institutions Act, 1998 (Act 119 of 1998), the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa invites members of the performing arts (Playhouse/Theatre) fraternity and the general public to nominate persons to serve as members of Council of the Market Theatre Foundation (Cultural Institution).

Sibikwa Arts Centre hosts 2018 SA-EU Dialogue

THE Shukuma Mzansi! International Community Arts Centres Dialogue will be hosted by the Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni from 28 February to 2 March 2018.

Transformation and Job Creation in the Cultural & Creative Industries in South Africa

THE Cultural and Creative Industries (CCIs) have been hailed as offering great potential to create jobs and to be socially inclusive. This study investigates to what extent the CCIs in South Africa are moving towards more inclusive and racially diverse patterns in their ownership and employment profiles. Using a survey of 2400 randomly selected CCIs, it compares ownership and employment patterns across the six UNESCO Cultural Domains to determine their contribution to black economic empowerment (transformation) within the various domains.

SACO to explore the future of work in the creative economy

THE creative and cultural industries, along with the arts, culture and heritage sectors, are positioned to play a powerful role in shaping, framing, communicating and influencing the future of work as we know it.


Note from the Culturalist - CEO

#SACOCOnf2018: Going beyond

WELCOME to the conference edition of the newsletter. This month we moved swifly to launch the SACO's 2018 Conference website, announce the conference theme, issue out a call for papers, and open registration. We have a very exciting international conference coming up that is both forward and backward looking as we seek of view 'Beyond the Creative Economy: Trends and Issues in National and Regional Economies’.

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The 360: News from around the world

Creative industries grew twice as fast as UK economy in 2015-16

UNITED KINGDOM: The creative industries grew at twice the rate of the wider economy in 2015-16, new British government statistics have claimed. Now worth £91.8 billion in terms of gross value added to the UK, the sector grew by 7.6% over the year, while the economy as a whole grew by 3.5% in the same period.

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Open Source: Latest research for download

Making Art Work

The Marking Art Work survey is the sixth in a series carried out over more than 30 years at Macquarie University, with funding from the Australia Council. The surveys have thrown light on the ways in which professional arts practice has been changing over time.

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Progress Report: Updates on CO achievements

SACO launches video section on website

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has a growing body of videos showcasing not only the Department of Arts and Culture think tank, but its work, conferences and training videos.

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More News
Aspire Art Auctions makes history in latest sale Aspire Art Auctions makes history in latest sale

Auction house fetches highest ever South African price reached for Kentridge drawing and world record for Kumalo sculpture.

SA Cultural Observatory announces 3rd international conference to be held in Nelson Mandela Bay: ‘Beyond the creative economy?' SA Cultural Observatory announces 3rd international conference to be held in Nelson Mandela Bay: ‘Beyond the creative economy?'

THE future of creativity and its role in our society will be a key focus area of the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) third national conference, which returns to Nelson Mandela Bay in March 2018, the research institute announced today. Embracing the theme ‘Beyond the creative economy? Trends and Issues in National and Regional Economies’ the 2018 conference will run over two days on 7 and 8 March 2018, at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth.

Visual intro to the SA Cultural Observatory Visual intro to the SA Cultural Observatory

WANT to know more about the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) and what it does, but don't have much time? The SACO has just released a new, short(ish) introduction to the organisation on YouTube.

Domain workshop presentations available Domain workshop presentations available

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has just wrapped its nation-wide tour and is offering all the presentations given as open source information for those who could not attend the workshops.

Gender Equality Policy in the Arts, Culture and Media – Comparative Perspectives Gender Equality Policy in the Arts, Culture and Media – Comparative Perspectives

GERMANY is still lagging behind its neighbours when it comes to women in culture and media, according to a comprehensive survey of the role of women in the arts, culture and media in selected European countries, carried out by the Hertie School of Governance under the academic direction of Helmut K. Anheier, and supported by the German government’s Commissioner for Culture and Media.

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