Sign up for heritage sector census
Khensani Heritage Consulting has been commissioned by the Department of Arts and Culture to conduct a head count of heritage professionals in South Africa. They’re asking for your help in completing the census form by 16 November 2009.
Can we alter the world’s image of Africa?
United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has been reported as saying that the 2010 FIFA World Cup has “great power” to “present a different story of the African continent, a story of peace, democracy and investment”. But there is also the opposite concern – that the event could intensify the story of Africa as a violent and repressive zone.
However, Guy Berger, Head of the School of Journalism and Media Studies at Rhodes University, argues that “living in this part of the world reveals that things are much more complex beneath these two caricatures”.
Read the rest of his column online here.
Namibia opens apartheid museum
Namibia’s Walvis Bay municipality has started setting up a Contract Labour and Apartheid Museum that aims to preserve the history of the contract labour system.
Education in Africa tops new Unesco head’s priority list
On 15 October 2009, the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (Unesco) Conference General elected Bulgarian Irina Bokova as the new Director-General of the organisation. Bokova is the first woman and the first representative of Eastern Europe to hold the post. The incoming Director-General reaffirmed Unesco’s commitment to Africa and gender as priorities, emphasising education in both areas.
Western Cape on the lookout for top cultural contributors
The Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport is looking to recognise outstanding achievements and contributions in the areas of language, library, museum, heritage and archive. The awards are open to any individual, organisation or group whose efforts have made a difference to communities in the Western Cape.
Nominations close on Friday, 20 November 2009.
Nominate heritage professionals to built environment council
Nominations have been invited for people – this should also include heritage practitioners – to be appointed to serve as members of the Council for the Built Environment.
Join the 16 Days of Activism against abuse
Join the campaign against violence against women, which runs from 25 November to 10 December 2009, by wearing a white ribbon to show your support.
First-ever African royalty institute opens in Johannesburg
The Institute of African Royalty was launched on 3 November 2009 at the University of Johannesburg’s School of Tourism. The institute, a first of its kind, was established to play a central role in governance, traditional affairs and development in the African continent.
Robben Island at risk
World Heritage Site Robben Island is reportedly under threat from thousands of feral rabbits, which are devastating local wildlife and undermining historic buildings. Western Cape Premier Helen Zille has called for urgent action and a meeting with Arts and Culture Minister Lulu Xingwana to discuss how to halt the decline of the popular tourist attraction.
Celebrating the life and times of Nelson Mandela
The Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthata has opened an exhibition that will form the centrepiece of the museum’s celebration of the life and times of the former South African president and Nobel Peace laureate.
Protection of Information Bill may be problematic for memory work
The Nelson Mandela Foundation and South African History Archive have expressed concerns about the Protection of Information Bill. Though the institutions acknowledge that the Bill is a well-considered, well-crafted document, they have raised concerns about its implications for memory work.
Nigeria threatens international legal action
Nigeria’s Edo State government has threatened to take countries like the US, Britain and others to the International Court of Justice at The Hague if they refuse to return relics stolen from the state since 1897.
Memory of the World inscriptions promote international heritage
Unesco is inviting nomination proposals for inscription on its Memory of the World International Register, a list of library collections and archive holdings of global significance that was established in 1997 to promote documentary heritage of universal value.
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