South African Cultural Observatory
Department of Arts and Culture

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Nelson Mandela University

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Rhodes University

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University of Fort Hare

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University of Kwazulu-Natal

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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

Executive Direction - From the desk of...

New directions: Five years, five key goals

PASSIONATE creative economy champion and researcher, Unathi Lutshaba, has been appointed Executive Director of the South African Cultural Observatory after a consortium of Universities led by Nelson Mandela University won a five year tender to ensure South Africa’s creative economy is well mapped, understood and analysed. Here are her key goals for the next five years.

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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

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

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 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).

University of Leeds: Post Doctoral Fellowship

ARE you an experienced creative practitioner and researcher, with experience of conducting practice-led research? Do you have a track record of professional creative practice, with the ability to employ narrative formats that have the capacity for reproduction/dissemination? Do you possess excellent interpersonal and team-working skills and the ability to work with colleagues from academic institutions and non-academic organisations?

BASA Award winners announced at laid back event

TAKING place at Jozi’s fresh, new downtown venue, Victoria Yards, Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) announced the winners of the 21st BASA Awards, partnered by Hollard, earlier this month in September.


Word from DAC

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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A New European Agenda for Culture - Working Document

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Progress Report: Updates on CO achievements

Meet the new SA Cultural Observatory Executive Director

MEET the new SA Cultural Observatory Executive Director Unathi Lutshaba. Miss Lutshaba is a passionate economist and sociologist. She was recently appointed into the role of Executive Director of the South African Cultural Observatory, after two years as its Research Manager.

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