Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa has allocated R34-million to developing school children's knowledge of the South African national identity.
After a game of ministerial musical chairs that saw Nathi Mthethwa replace Paul Mashatile, Sean O'Toole wonders if Mthethwa is suited for the arts.
The creative sector is anxious to see if its new political head, Nathi Mthethwa, champions freedom of expression.
Has the former police minister been sent to ministerial purgatory â€“ the arts and culture portfolio? An upbeat Mthethwa doesn't think so.
R Kelly will no longer be performing at the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day and the arts and culture department says it wants its money back.
The ANC has asserted itself as a party interested in art. Being a disciplined and hierarchical structure, work has been apportioned by rank.
The arts and culture department is refusing to address claims of dodgy tenders and inflated budgets involving SA's exhibition at the Venice Biennale.
Local jazz musician, Simphiwe Dana, has set up an alternative funding mechanism for black schools.
The first National Book Week suffered a strike-induced hitch on Monday when attendance of school children dropped dramatically on its final day.
Any attempt by the South African National Geographical Names Council to consider the name-change request to change Potchefstroom to Tlokwe will result in court action, Action Potchefstroom said on Wednesday. Spokesperson for the civic organisation Theo Venter said the request for the name change was fundamentally flawed.
"This year's fashion week will be different," says Luke Radlott, an assistant designer for Black Coffee, talking about the 11th annual Sanlam South African Fashion Week that started on Wednesday. The yearly fashion spectacular runs until Saturday at Johannesburg's Sandton Convention Centre.
Theft of artifacts and "heritage objects" from museums, galleries and churches is on the rise, said Minister of Arts and Culture Pallo Jordan on Monday. "Unfortunately, many of these items have not been recovered," he said in response to questions in Parliament.
The news of the death of South African reggae star Lucky Dube in a botched hijacking attempt in Johannesburg has drawn strong reaction from around the world. As he was leaving for the World Cup in France, President Thabo Mbeki made an appeal to South Africans to confront the "scourge" of crime together.