Daily Archives: July 15, 2016

Arts and Culture hosts Phuzushukela Memorial Maskandi Festival

Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government will on Sunday, 17 July 2016 host the Phuzushukela Memorial Maskandi Festival at Emhlane Wengwenya Sport Fields, Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal. Funded through Mzansi Golden Economy (MGE), the Festival aims to celebrate Phuzushukela Bhengu for his immense contribution to the promotion of South African Maskandi Music. The Mzansi Golden Economy is the Department of Arts and Culture’s strategic policy that seeks to reposition the arts, culture and heritage sector as a key player in government’s programme of action towards creation of sustainable jobs, building audiences and skills development.

Born at Nkandla in Southern Zululand on March 24, 1930, Bhengu popularly known as Phuzushukela was the first South African rural recording artist to come to prominence. By the late 1940s, the legendary Maskandi Music icon had already achieved a measure of local fame in street music competitions through his integration of a traditional song with guitar. The technique and originality was soon employed in the izihlabo – the introductory instrumental flourish, and the rendering of the ukubonga, the declamatory centrepiece which might praise family, clan, chief and fame.

His vision and artistry in the genre had a vast influence on many household names like, Mgqashiyondlovu, Jonny Clegg, Busi Mhlongo, Bhekumuziluthuli, Phuzekhemisi, Bhodlozanzimande, Inganezoma, Shwinomtekhala, to name but few. As we celebrate 22 years of democracy, it is inevitable to ignore that under the influence of these artists, the size and stature of Maskandi music in the South African music landscape became unquestionable. Maskandi musicians currently and historically enjoy the iconic status in the South African music industry.

Over the years, Maskandi Music became a platform through which South Africans and migrants shared their feelings of exploitation during South Africa’s unjust political history of segregation and grievances of the then working conditions. While Maskandi music is an art-form, its significance in society is beyond music and it’s undoubtedly part of South African popular culture. Maskandi music has over the years inspired a lot of people to take stock of their right and fight against the regime over the years and continues to inspire. Undoubtedly, Maskandi music is a part of South African popular culture.

Source: Government of South Africa.

Minister Lindiwe Sisulu visits Mzimhlophe hostel in Soweto as part of Mandela Day celebrations, 18 Jul

Human Settlements Minister Lindiwe Sisulu, MP, will on Monday, 18 July 2016 visit Mzimhlophe Female Hostel in Soweto where she will engage hostel dwellers and other community members.

Delivering her 2016 Budget Vote Speech, Minister Sisulu called for an end of hostels saying “Human Settlements would like to gradually abolish hostels in our towns and hostel dwellers who have lived in our towns for a number of years would qualify for a Breaking New Ground (BNG) house or the CRU subsidy, depending on their specific circumstances”.

The City of Johannesburg is one of the Metros to heed the call where some of the Mzimhlophe hostel dwellers will be prioritized for housing. The Minister will also do a walkabout and receive briefing at the construction site of the housing units.

Minister Sisulu will also participate in a clean-up campaign in and around the hostel as part of her contribution to the International Mandela Day events that would be taking place throughout the country.

MEC Paul Mashatile, Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, Parks Tau and COJ councillors are expected to join the Minister on the day.

Source: Government of South Africa.

Deputy Minister Fatima Chohan celebrates Mandela Day at Maitland Cottage Children’s Orthopedic Hospital, 18 Jul

On Monday, 18 July 2016 at 11h00, Ms Fatima Chohan, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, will celebrate Mandela Day by spending 67 minutes at Maitland Cottage Orthopedic Children’s Hospital, Kildare Road, Newlands.

She will visit child patients and make a donation of basic necessities required by the Hospital for the benefit of the children.

Source: Government of South Africa.

Minister Angie Motshekga addresses AVBOB Foundation Library Hand-over as part of Mandela Day Celebrations, 18 Jul

Minister of Basic Education Mrs Angie Motshekga will on Monday 18 July 2016 address the official Library Hand-over and Launch of Refurbished Libraries as part of Mandela Day Commemorations at Thlasedi Primary School. The Minister will be accompanied by AVBOB CEO Mr F Rademan.

The importance of the role of libraries and reading in academic achievement cannot be overemphasised and libraries are seen as a key lever in education achievements, providing access to reading materials, space for reading and pursuance of literacy endeavours. Libraries are essential to the promotion of reading and almost critical to the improvement of literacy.

At its core, Mandela Day is about doing something, however small to contribute to a better society; this can best be achieved through education. In May 2015 Minister Motshekga announced in the Education Budget Speech that one of the key priorities of the department would be a key focus on Reading Promotion and central to this would be the provision of Library and Information Services.

Source: Government of South Africa.