Western Cape congratulates JM Coetzee | Western Cape Government



Western Cape congratulates JM Coetzee

1 October 2003
Statement by Western Cape Premier, Marthinus van Schalkwyk, on 2 October 2003

The Western Cape consistently produces achievers of world-class calibre whose talents and accomplishments bring honour to us all. Another star has today been added to that constellation. On behalf of the Provincial Government and the people of the Western Cape I want to congratulate JM Coetzee, who was born in Cape Town, for being awarded the 2003 Nobel Literature Prize.

As only the second South African to win this coveted award, Mr Coetzee has consistently proven, to both his admirers and critics alike that his work is worthy of a place in the world's literary heritage. The 2003 Nobel Literature Prize is therefore a fitting homage to a wordsmith who has succeeded in skilfully mastering his art. It is also a further demonstration of the World Class achievements of the people of our province - not only in sport but in the arena of cultural and creative pursuits.

Enquiries: Riaan Aucamp
Cell: 083 778 9923

Media Enquiries: