South African Cultural Observatory National Conference

Dr. Lebogang L Nawa

Lebogang Lance Nawa obtained DLitt et Phil (PhD) degree from the University of South Africa in cultural policy research, 2012. This is the first and thus far the only such qualification in this field in South Africa. He is a former Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) where he has received the 2014 Faculty of the Arts Post-Doctoral Researcher of the Year Award. At TUT, he was also involved in the establishment of Bachelors of Arts in Arts Management and Cultural Policy, UNESCO Chair for Cultural Policy and Sustainable Development, and the Faculty of the Arts Centre for Creative Industries.

Nawa has more than 30 years experience in the Arts, Culture and Heritage sector in South Africa in capacities such as activist, scholar, researcher, lecturer, author, poet, journalist, book reviewer, and member of various related organisations/councils/boards. He has published numerous creative and academic manuscripts in local and international newspapers, magazines, books and peer-review journals.

Title of Conference Paper: Anticipating the South African National Cultural Policy in 2030 according to African Conventions


The paper discusses the modalities in the conception and implementation of the White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage as the defacto national cultural policy in the post-Apartheid South Africa since 1996, within the context of integration into global and continental programmes aimed at the enhancement of sustainable development. It examines cultural policy dynamics that either enhance or hamper the fulfilment of national and continental goals of social transformation, economic growth, and poverty reduction with 2030 future projection around the African Union (AU)’s Charter of the African Cultural Renaissance and the Agenda 2063.

Dr. Lebogang L Nawa

Dr. Lebogang L Nawa

Cultural Observatory issues call for National Conference papers

January 31, 2017: THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory (SACO) today announced the theme for its national conference of the arts, heritage and culture sectors.

2016 National Conference Highlights

Watch the SACO 'National Conference 2016 - Counting Culture' highlights video featuring interviews with some of the speakers and participants; and conference insights and lessons.

About the South African Cultural Observatory

Led by the Department of Arts and Culture, and hosted by NMMU, the SACO is a statistical research institute which charts the impact of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa.

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