Briefing the Select Committee Annual Report 2010/11. Sibusiso Xaba Director General: Department of Arts and Culture. 1. Purpose of the presentation 2. Mandate and Strategic Orientation 3. Key Highlights 4. Report on Annual Financial Statements 5. Report on Human Resource Management
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Director General: Department of Arts and Culture
To brief the Select Committee on Education and Recreation on the overall performance of Department during the 2010/11 financial year.
To provide reasons and explain some of the findings raised by the Auditor-General.
To solicit the Select Committee’s inputs on the annual report, including the strategic interventions to consider moving forward in order to fulfill the constitutional and legislative mandate of the Department.
To develop and preserve South African culture to ensure social cohesion and nation building
The mandate of the department is derived from the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, including the Preamble and Founding Provisions, in particular:
Section 16 (1): Everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which includes:
freedom of the press and other media;
freedom to receive or impart information or ideas;
freedom of artistic creativity; and
academic freedom and freedom of scientific research.
Output 5: Nation Building and National Identity
Campaigns to inform and educate citizens about their Rights and Responsibilities ito the South African Constitution
Celebrating South Africa’s Cultural Diversity
Output 6: Citizen Participation
Access to information
Public awareness about participation for active public participation
Institutional design to maximise participation
Output 7: Social Cohesion
Develop and promote arts and culture in South Africa and mainstream its role in social development
Develop and promote the official languages of South Africa and enhance the linguistic diversity of the country
Improve economic and other development opportunities for South African arts and culture nationally and globally through mutually beneficial partnerships, thereby ensuring the sustainability of the sector
Develop and monitor the implementation of policy, legislation and strategic direction for the identification, conservation and promotion of cultural heritage
Guide, sustain and develop the archival, heraldic and information resources of the nation to empower citizens through full and open access to these resource
1. Corporate Services: Provides overall management and centralised
support services to departmental core programmes in order to create an
enabling environment for the achievement of departmental objectives
2. Arts and Culture in Society: Promotion of Arts and Culture in South
Africa and mainstream its role in social development
3. National Language Services: To develop and promote the official
languages of South Africa and enhance linguistic diversity
4. Cultural Development and International Relations: Improve economic and other development opportunities for South African arts and culture nationally and globally, through mutually beneficial partnerships thereby ensuring sustainability of the sector
5. Heritage Promotion: Develop and monitor the implementation of policy, legislation and strategic programmes for the identification, conservation and promotion of cultural heritage for socio-economic development and social cohesion
6. National Archives and Library Services: To guide, sustain and develop the archival and library and information resources of South Africa so that good governance is supported, socio-economic development is sustained and citizens are empowered through full and open access to these resources
The South Africa Language Bill is being developed in order to comply with the Constitution which requires the national government to regulate the use of official languages. The draft Bill was developed.
The South Africa Language Practitioners Council Bill will provide statutory regulations specifying the qualifying criteria for language professionals and practitioners. The Bill and the business case thereon was completed.
South African Community Library and Information Service Bill – which creates norms and standards on Libraries and promote co-operative governance between the spheres of government, has been developed and is being consulted on.
Cultural Laws third Amendment Bill – it will enable the Department and statutory institutions to better achieve their strategic objectives. This Bill has to be subjected to further consultation.
DAC used the 2010 World Cup platform to showcase South African and African arts, culture and heritage
5700 Multilingual Soccer Terminology Booklets were developed, printed and distributed at various entry points – an achievement which proved to be very valuable for the 2010 Soccer World Cup
Fan Parks were supported by various performing artists
Exhibitions of visual arts and crafts were displayed – i.e. Pace 2010 Exhibition (arts and craft sourced from different parts of Africa)
Popularising our National Symbols
Popularising the singing of the National Anthem
A travelling exhibition of all the National Symbols and National Orders took place at most host cities;
“Fly the Flag Project” - to create the hype around the World Cup
people were encouraged to display SA flags in their vehicles, businesses, stadiums, houses, etc.
Municipalities displayed flags of all participating countries in the streets of hosting cities
Geographical Name Changes:
Played a role in standardizing geographical names and engage the citizens of South Africa on issues of geographical names
Name changes were effected in some provinces (i.e. Mpumalanga and KZN) and some municipalities. 18 names were approved over all
A discussion document on the national coherent strategy on geographical name change was developed and tabled at TIC
The draft strategy for festivals was developed and presented to the TIC. Further consultations are underway
Annual National Oral History Conference was held in Mpumalanga. 15 interviews were conducted on families’ lineage
Interventions that promote dialogue
Social engagement and community mobilisation campaigns on issues of social cohesion and nation building were conducted in Easter Cape, Western Cape and Mpumalanga
Key challenge with this intervention was the lack of resources (human and financial) from the provinces to execute dialogues
National Symbols and National Orders: National symbols and National Orders are promoted as they form the core of the national identity, national building and social cohesion.
500 000 hand held flags were distributed during the 2010 FIFA World Cup
Various publications and exhibitions were staged at different venues such as Benoni Museum, Graaf Reinette Museum, University of Stellenbosch and Shanghai Expo.
National Symbols and National Orders
Flags In Every School Project was an undertaking to ensure that flags are erected in schools, and that the local communities feel that they are part of the nation. 355 flags erected in schools.
The National Orders Ceremony was conducted on the 27th April 2010
Community Arts Centres
These serve as a vehicle to social cohesion and nation building. At the same time they provide short-term jobs especially in the technical services, hospitality, security, etc.
Strategy and draft Framework for CAC’s developed, Centre of Excellence could not be developed due to budgetary constraints.
National Creative Industries Skills Academy: The Academy will become a “Center of Excellence”, providing a platform for artists to perfect their skills. Concept for the Academy was developed and the situational analysis was conducted.
SA New Plays Writing Programme was launched by the Minister on the 25th January 2011.
Purpose is the development and promotion of special skills for writing and to create regular platforms for publishing.
A selection of 20 emerging playwright benefited from workshops held in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Workshops and exhibitions for Fashion Fusion programme was held.
The Heritage Human Resources Development strategy to promote skills development in the Heritage sector has been completed.
Provision of Bursaries
119 postgraduate were awarded bursaries to promote skills development in the language profession.
The DAC engaged international partners to:
provide platforms and opportunities for young creatives across the various disciplines/sectors
showcase, network and participate in international events, seminars and conferences
2 Treaties and 1 bilateral agreement were signed regionally and internationally
Industry survey by Publishers’ Association of South Africa revealed the following:
SA book sector has R5 billion net turnover per annum
Publishing industry employs 3000 people full time and over 2400 freelancers
More 7000 employed in the printing industry
A process to reposition arts and culture as a contributor to job creation and economic growth was initiated
Focus on creative industries development and expansion
Commitment to strengthening the film industry
A further R130 million made available to NFVF to increase production of local films
DAC facilitates access to international networking platforms – thus facilitates the international recognition and acknowledgements of SA artists, e.g.
William Kentridge received the coveted Kyoto Award for arts and philosophy in November
Adrian Kohler and Basil Jones received the prestigious Tony Award for their play “The War Horse”
Xoliswa Sithole won the BAFTA and a Peabody Awards for her documentary “The Orpans of Nkandla”
Showcasing of the South African arts and culture was also achieved through the following platforms:
FESPACO in Burkina Faso from 25th February - 6 March.
FESAMN festival of Black Arts in Senegal from 10th - 31 December 20110
SIAO International Craft Festival in Ouagadougou from 29th October - 7th November 2010
Shanghai 2010 World Expo
Hosting of the 1860 Commemoration of the arrival of Indian indentured labourers in South Africa
Commemoration of the 30th year Anniversary of the Matola Raid in Mozambique and the unveiling of the designs for the Monument and the Interpretive Centre
Completion of the Museum component of Freedom Park and Construction for //hapo completed
Upgraded and declared as heritage sites the graves of Ma Charlotte Maxeke, Ma Lillian Ngoyi, and Ma Helen Joseph
Site of Ncome handed over and construction has commenced
Sarah Bartmann Design unveiling and site clearance completed in August 2010.
National Liberation Heritage Route (NLHR) - Launched in 2010 - this is a network of creative sites nationally and within the SADC region and the AU showcasing development of a National and Continental Liberation Route
Routes and places were identified.
Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH)
An audit on Intangible Cultural Heritage in South Africa is in progress - the aim of this initiative is to:
identify the location and status of ICH in SA
develop a register for development and preservation of the ICH
currently 20% of desktop research and accessing existing databases was done.
The National Archives
Support and guide records and information management procedures across government to ensure that the records are permanently preserved in the Archives
The National Film, Video and Sound Archives hosted the Federation of International Film Archives Congress – the theme was indigenous Film Collections
National Digitisation Strategy now completed. The policy will:
provide national guidelines on the complex issues of the digitisation of heritage resources; and
the use of digitisation to improve access to our heritage collections as learning resources.
Promotion of indigenous languages
Translation and editing of documents into and from all official languages and foreign languages
557 documents completed in African languages;
64 in Afrikaans;
285 in English; and
580 in foreign languages.
The DAC has initiated the establishment of a National Centre for Human Language Technologies that will facilitate the development of HLT applications for African Languages, especially the previously marginalised languages as required by the National Language Policy Framework
Promotion of the culture of reading and writing
Establishment of new community libraries (10) and upgrade existing ones (56) through the Conditional Grant.
African Women Writers’ Symposium held at the Windybrow Theatre in August 2010
Established the National Book Week in September
Department operated on the approved Strategic plan for 1 April 2010- March 2011
The Audit Committee and Internal Audit Unit was in place and fully effective and more four( 4) meetings were held in the period under review
Audit committee operates in accordance with approved and written Terms of Agreement.
The Audit Committee is satisfied with the quality of the quarterly reports prepared, however noting issues raised by Auditor General.
The Audit Committee has reviewed and discussed the Annual Financial Statement with Auditor General and Accounting Officer and concur and accepts conclusion thereof.
Unqualified Audit Report
Attention has been drawn upon the following
Unaudited supplementary schedules.
Underspending of the allocated budget.
Presentation of the reported performance information (predetermined objectives).
Relates to shifting of Earmarked funds from 2010 FIFA World Cup budget = R25,677,298
and = R16,091,505
during 2008/9 financial year.
The department incurred irregular expenditure of R64,047,000 as the expenditure incurred related to previous years.
An investigation conducted by the Special Investigation Unit representing the bulk of this irregular expenditure has not been finalized as yet.
Vat verification was not done in the 2008/9 financial year which amounts to R200,000.
Employees remunerated without employment contracts amounts to R376,000.
Establishment of SPE at Down Town Studio Music Hub in 2009/10 financial year amounts to R3,000,000Irregular expenditure (cont..)
Irregular expenditure (cont…)
Amount appropriated for capital expenditure was utilized to defray current expenditure in 2008/9 financial year = R5,900,000.
Irregular expenditure (cont…)
An investigation conducted by the Special Investigation Unit of this fruitless and wasteful expenditure has not been finalized as yet.
Fruitless and wasteful expenditure
The Department performed reasonably well considering the challenges experienced in 2010/11.
92% of the budget was spent
Reporting on predetermined objectives
Issues of concern raised by the AG
High vacancy rate
Under-expenditure on some projects