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South African Cultural Observatory

The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) is a national statistical and socio-economic research project, established by the Department of Arts & Culture, with the purpose of developing a comprehensive cultural information system in South Africa. The South African Cultural Observatory is hosted by and based at the Nelson Mandela University, and co-hosted in partnership with Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare. The primary cultural domains, as idenitifed by UNESCO, such as arts, tourism, heritage, libraries and museums, are the main research focus of the SACO and such research will support the development of intellectual capacity across these sectors.

The key functions of the South African Cultural Observatory include the following:

  • Policy focused research (surveys, case studies)
  • Reviews of current programmes
  • M&E – impact of government spending
  • Collection of statistics (databases)
  • Physical and Online access
  • Networking, sharing, partnerships

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Research is the word: What's done, what's to come

THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory has a trove of research. Over the past three years we have generated research reports, monitoring and evaluation reports, a ground-breaking mapping study and more. We are intent on sharing this research widely and ensuring that the sector benefits, empowering through knowledge.

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Latest News

Business and Arts South Africa appoints incoming CEO

BASA has appointed current executive producer for the National Arts Festival (NAF), Ashraf Johaardien as the new chief executive of the organisation.

Music in Africa Foundation honors Eric Wainaina

Kenyan musician Eric Wainaina was feted with the 2018 Music In Africa Honorary Award at the opening of the Music In Africa Conference for Collaborations, Exchange and Showcases (ACCES) on Thursday night.

SACO to share important creative research at workshops

THE cultural and creative industries (CCI) are often misunderstood. Not anymore. The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has developed a baseline cultural information system to help practitioners, policy-makers and planners better understand the South African cultural and creative economy.

Playhouse to hold auditions for schools show

The Playhouse Company, an agency of the Department of Arts and Culture, is holding auditions for ‘Sizwe’s Triumph Over Sumdanger’.

New York ballet stars to dance in Cape Town

Principal dancers from New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theatre will be dancing at the Artscape Opera House from 15 to 18 November 2018.

SAMRO Foundation Offers Condolences to HHP’s Family & Music Industry

The SAMRO Foundation was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Motswako’s finest, Jabulani “HHP” Tsambo, on Wednesday, 24 October 2018. Tsambo, who was also affectionately known as “Jabba”, was a colleague, a friend and a a founding board member of the SAMRO Foundation.


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Minister Mthethwa Interaction with the Creative Industries

The creative and cultural economies are one of the fastest growing industries and should be at the centre of national strategic priority to unlock the wider socio- economic participation and inclusivity in the mainstream economy. The impact of commodity-dependent countries like South Africa has refocused attention on the urgency of economic diversification, revitalization and harnessing of human innovation in order to weather the economic storm.

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World Conference on Creative Economy

INDONESIA is planning to hold the first ever “World Conference on Creative Economy” (WCCE), involving stakeholders and representatives from governments, private sectors, think-tanks, civil society, international organizations, as well as media and experts in the creative economy.

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Open Source: Latest research for download

EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market

COPYRIGHT is a big issue in the digital age. The copyright debate is raging largely between the European Union (EU) and the big technology giants. EU lawmakers have been working for two years on proposed legislation aimed at updating copyright for the digital age.

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Progress Report: Updates on CO achievements

New administrator joins SACO team

THE South African Cultural Observatory welcomes Rene Derrocks to the team as the incoming new administrator. Rene has eight years’ experience in the tourism marketing environment.

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Jobs in the cultural and creative industries Jobs in the cultural and creative industries

CAREER and job opportunities are available in the cultural and creative industries. Currently Business and Arts South Africa, the Market Theatre Foundation (Windybrow Theatre) and Market Photo Workshop are looking for talented leaders to take their organisations into the future.

SACO 2 and the value of sustainability SACO 2 and the value of sustainability

The second iteration of the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) was launched at Rhodes University on 10 October 2018, indicating the sustainability of inter-university projects.

Nelson Mandela University, Rhodes celebrate award of SACO 2 tender Nelson Mandela University, Rhodes celebrate award of SACO 2 tender

NELSON Mandela University and Rhodes University are celebrating the institutional coup of the award of the South African Cultural Observatory tender by the Department of Arts and Culture to a consortium of four South African universities.

Fourth Annual Fruits of Democracy Awards Fourth Annual Fruits of Democracy Awards

THE Fruits of Democracy Awards, established in 2015, aspires to be a cultural marker in Nelson Mandela Bay where young movers and shakers of the Eastern Cape converge to be recognised for the excellence they display in the work that they do in different sectors.

Rhodes University joins consortium in SACO tender win Rhodes University joins consortium in SACO tender win

A FIVE-YEAR tender to run the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) has been granted to a consortium of universities including Rhodes University, Nelson Mandela University, University of Fort Hare, and the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

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