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Department Recognises Cultural Affairs Achievements

11 February 2014

The Western Cape’s rich and vibrant cultural affairs landscape was celebrated at the 2013/14 Cultural Affairs Awards ceremony on Monday, 10 February 2014. The Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) handed out awards to individual and organisational achievers in the fields of language, arts and culture, heritage, museums, geographical names, libraries and archives.

Ministerial awards went to Prof. Adam Small (lifetime achievement in cultural affairs) and Theresa Denton of Rocklands Library in Mitchells Plain (outstanding achievement of women in cultural affairs). German sculptor Tom Rucker, the South African Navy Band and artist Roger Titley also won ministerial awards for their national and international contributions to cultural affairs. Other notable winners on the night included the Central Library in Cape Town (best big public library), Drostdy Museum in Swellendam (best museum), Lianda Magson (most active records manager), Dr Hennie Nortjé (contribution to literature) and Sikelela Zakufu (contribution to culture).

Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport Dr Ivan Meyer said those who received an award have demonstrated that the Western Cape’s reputation as a hub of thriving diverse cultural life is no accident. It is a reputation that has been built over many decades, he added. “You have made a significant contribution to our standing as a region of artistic creativity and excellence. Tonight is a reflection of the values of a vibrant democracy in which the cultural and linguistic rights of all people are recognised and protected by our Constitution. Let us fully embrace the concept of ‘your culture, my culture, our heritage’”.

An emotional Prof. Small felt honoured to have been recognised for his lifelong contribution to literature. “It has always been a privilege that my work could somehow give a voice to those who cannot speak. I’m grateful for this award,” he said.

This awards ceremony took place as Cape Town celebrates its designation as World Design Capital 2014. The achievements of the individuals and organisations honoured at the Cultural Affairs Awards reflect the richness and diversity of 20 years of democracy in South Africa.

Media Enquiries: 

Daniel Johnson
Spokesperson for Minister Meyer
Tel: 021 483 3261
E-mail: daniel.johnson@westerncape.gov.za