South African Cultural Observatory
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University of Fort Hare

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Department of Arts and Culture

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Nelson Mandela University

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Rhodes University

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SPECIAL FEATURES

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

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?'

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

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.

Zeitz Mocaa has two job openings

THE Zeitz Mocaa has two job openings on offer. As the Wendy Fisher Assistant Curator of Digital Platforms and the Torben Wind Assistant Curator of Digital Platforms the selected candidates will assist the AfriSam Curator of Digital Platforms in distributing the AfriSam Audio Tours. Candidates will assist with managing the Audio Tours desk and assist with the distribution of the Audio Tour devices.

Market Square nominated for architecture award

MARKET Square is one of six unique projects selected for the short list for the World Architecture News Performing Spaces Award 2017.

Market Square nominated for architecture award

MARKET Square is one of six unique projects selected for the short list for the World Architecture News Performing Spaces Award 2017.


Note from the Culturalist - CEO

Beyond the creative economy?

IT IS conference planning season for the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO). This means an intense review of the trends and research emerging from the creative and cultural industries (CCIs) and the arts, culture and heritage (ACH) sectors. I spent three weeks recently travelling to Europe and the United Kingdom, which gave me some real first hand insight to some of the most pressing issues on the minds of many thinkers, academics, researchers, economists and policy-makers. There is much to be excited about.

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The 360: News from around the world

Creative Economy Gender Pay Gap Report Illustrates Severity of Wage Imbalance

SAN FRANCISCO: New data from HoneyBook shows that, simply stated, women creatives need to charge more for their services and match their male counterparts. HoneyBook, the business management platform for entrepreneurs in creative industries, recently released the first-ever report dedicated entirely to the gender pay gap among self-employed creative professionals.

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Open Source: Latest research for download

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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Progress Report: Updates on CO achievements

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.

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More News
Tzaneen is final stop of SA Cultural Observatory national tour Tzaneen is final stop of SA Cultural Observatory national tour

THE South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) closes its eight-stop countrywide domain workshop tour in Tzaneen on October 26.

ACT announces 12 Scholarship finalists ACT announces 12 Scholarship finalists

THE Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) announces its new-look Scholarships format, a decision taken this year when ACT announced many changes to its funding strategy.

ACT announces 20-year Awards celebration event ACT announces 20-year Awards celebration event

ACT is pleased to announce that the 20th edition of the ACT Awards will take place on Friday 17 November 2017 at the Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg.

World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate World Heritage and Tourism in a Changing Climate

THIS UNESCO report provides an overview of the increasing vulnerability of World Heritage sites to climate change impacts and the potential implications for and of global tourism. It also examines the close relationship between World Heritage and tourism, and how climate change is likely to exacerbate problems caused by unplanned tourism development and uncontrolled or poorly managed visitor access, as well as other threats and stresses.

Heritage, connection and collaboration Heritage, connection and collaboration

GREETINGS from Toulouse. I am in France building stronger international relations with French institutions. It was also Heritage Month in September and we have been considering the importance of heritage in the arts, culture and heritage matrix. At the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) heritage is a critical consideration for us and in general for the country, and specifically for the Department of Arts & Culture.

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