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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

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.

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.


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Minister Mthethwa at unveiling of Nelson Mandela statue at UN

MINISTER of Arts & Culture, Nathi Mthethwa was in New York on Heritage Day as part of the celebrations for a handover of a 1.9m statue of Nelson Mandela to the United Nations. The statue of South Africa's first democratically-elected president Nelson Mandela was unveiled as part of a Mandela Peace Summit which coincides with Heritage Day in South Africa. The statue is a gift from South Africa to the international community and is a symbol of humanity and reconciliation.

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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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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.

Nelson Mandela University wins coveted SACO contract Nelson Mandela University wins coveted SACO contract

NELSON Mandela University together with a consortium of three university partners have been awarded a multi-year contract to advance the operations of the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) and support the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC).

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