South African Cultural Observatory
2017/18 Budget Vote Speech - Minister Nathi Mthethwa 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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Africa Month: Celebrating the Journey of African Unity Africa Month: Celebrating the Journey of African Unity

The theme for Africa Month 2017 is “The Year of OR Tambo: Building a Better Africa and a Better World”. The Department of Arts and Culture invites all the people in the Republic of South Africa, the rest of the African continent and the African Diaspora as well as international guests to join us in the Africa Month celebrations. South Africa is an integral part of the African continent. Therefore the country understands its national interest to be intrinsically linked to continental stability, unity and prosperity. Our African agenda is for the sustained development and upliftment of all African people. Africa Month seeks to increase the appreciation and demand for arts and culture goods and services and stimulate competitive markets for Intra-Africa trade.

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A new leaf, a new White Paper A new leaf, a new White Paper

OPENING Keynote address by the Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa at the 2nd Sector Indaba on the White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage, Johannesburg, 17 November 2016. "It was almost a year ago on the 24 November 2015 that we gathered together as the Arts, Culture and Heritage Sector in a meeting of minds on the future of the arts. And I pledged to all present that once we had completed our consultative work led by the eminent Reference Panel, we would return and reconvene the sector to engage this important work. We have remained true to this pledge and today we return for this important second consultative Indaba."

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Word from DAC Word from DAC

DIRECT FROM THE MINISTER'S DESK: “The only hope is in the creation of alternative values, alternative realities. The only hope is in daring to redream one's place in the world - a beautiful act of imagination, and a sustained act of self becoming. Which is to say that in some way or another we breach and confound the accepted frontiers of things.”

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