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News and Speeches for Ministry of Cultural Affairs and Sport

Minister Marais mourns the loss of literary giant Elsa Joubert

15 June 2020

The Western Cape and South Africa have lost another big voice in the literary world with the passing of writer Elsa Joubert. Her death follows shortly after that of Jeanne Goosen. In the space of a week, we have lost two groundbreaking female... Read More

Western Cape Government, Minister Anroux Marais mourn passing of Shahied Ajam

8 June 2020

It is with great sadness that we heard of the passing of the revered Shahied Ajam, who was passionately involved with various projects in District Six, including the renaming of Keizersgracht Street to Hanover Street earlier this year.   Read More

Minister Anroux Marais mourns the passing of Jeanne Goosen

4 June 2020

It is with great sadness that we heard of the death of the Afrikaans writer, Jeanne Goosen. Read More

Inter-ministerial committee welcomes religious leaders as essential services

1 June 2020

The Western Cape Religious Inter-Ministerial Committee met on Thursday, 28 May 2020, to discuss the announcements made by President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday, 24 May 2020 and the subsequent address to the nation on Tuesday, 24 May 2020. Read More

Adidas generously donates footwear and winterwear to healthcare workers

25 May 2020

Today, 25 May 2020, adidas South Africa donated over 2700 pairs of footwear and fleece tops to healthcare workers at a handover ceremony at the Bellville Health Park to be distributed to Cape Town, Gauteng and KwaZulu Natal Metro Health Services. Read More

DCAS proactively supporting creativity for young learners during lockdown

18 May 2020

As a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, and subsequent school shut down, many of our most vulnerable learners in the province are at home without access to learner-led fun and educational material. Read More

#Slam4urlife wants our youth’s poetry, music, art and tiktoks!

15 May 2020

Co-ordinated by the Western Cape Government Department of Cultural Affairs and Sports Department, in partnership with Community Chest, FunDza Literacy Trust and Assitej South Africa, the #Slam4urLife competition calls on young people to respond... Read More

Application deadline looming for provincial cultural, creative and sports relief

13 May 2020

On 5 May 2020, the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) opened the application process for relief options for our provincial cultural, creative and sports sectors. Read More

DCAS offers relief options for the cultural, creative and sport sector

5 May 2020

The regulations related to the national state of disaster and the subsequent lockdown which have limited movement and gatherings of people have had a devastating impact on the arts, culture, heritage and sport sector due to cancellations and... Read More

Western Cape government meets with provincial religious leaders around Covid-19

4 May 2020

The Western Cape Government has resolved to keep the Western Cape faith-based organisations and religious leaders informed of the Covid-19 government interventions and communication messages to fight this pandemic in our province. Read More

DCAS launches After School Programme online portal

15 April 2020

Following the national lockdown regulations, the Western Cape After School Programme Office convened various donors and umbrella bodies to discuss the continuation of after school programmes despite school closures. Read More

Western Cape government mourns the loss of Koelsoem Kamalie

14 April 2020

It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of Koelsoem Kamalie, one of Bonteheuwel’s shining stars as she became well-known for her culinary skills, not only in Cape Town but the world over. Read More

Arts, culture and sport practitioners encouraged to apply to Relief Fund

3 April 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant effect on individuals in both the arts and the sporting spheres. The lockdown regulations have led to individuals in these fields having to face a loss of income over the next few weeks and months. Read More

Media statement: Winter customary initiation season suspended to stop the spread

29 March 2020

In consideration of the magnitude and severity of the COVID-19 pandemic, in its meeting of 15 March 2020, Cabinet resolved to declare a National State of Disaster, which was duly declared under Government Gazette No. 43096. Read More

DCAS' measures to stop the spread of Covid-19

23 March 2020


Minister Anroux Marais to symbolically handover remains from CP Nel Museum

23 March 2020

At the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport we are committed to realising our vision of a socially inclusive Western Cape for all who call it home. Read More

Minister Marais symbolically presents remains from CP Nel Museum to community

23 March 2020


Media Alert: Minister Marais to launch National Library Week in Paternoster

16 March 2020

Today, 16 March 2020, together with the Saldanha Bay Municipality, Minister Anroux Marais will officially launch National Library Week in Paternoster. Read More

DCAS drama programme products win big at Zabalaza Festival

16 March 2020

The annual Zabalaza Festival concluded with a proud moment for the Read More