South African Cultural Observatory

Heritage Day

BY 25.09.23

On #HeritageDay2023, we reflect on and celebrate the rich tapestry of cultures that make our country so beautiful and diverse. Today and all days, let's embrace our roots, share our traditions, and cherish the bonds that connect us all.

In the spirit of promoting our national #culture and all #cultures it’s important to note that the creative sector is one of the primary spaces where diversity is explored, and contemporary heritage created. 

In this, #DYK creative occupations in #SouthAfrica show continued transformation?

Black African, Coloured and those of Indian/Asian origin, make up 86.7% of people working in cultural occupations in South Africa compared to 83.6% in 2017.” – Economic Mapping of the Cultural and Creative Industries in South Africa 2022, SA Cultural Observatory

Cultural and sports impact on the economy can and should be measured, valued Cultural and sports impact on the economy can and should be measured, valued

GOVERNMENT strategic foresight is a powerful thing when it takes flight. Take the Mzansi Golden Economy Strategy (2011) – which gave birth to the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO), hosted by Nelson Mandela University since 2015 – for example.

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Research week Research week

Nelson Mandela University hosted their second annual Research Week on 11-15 September 2023 as part of their continued effort to foster engagement and partnership to contribute to the research culture within the institution.

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Honouring Mandela - A Day To Give Honouring Mandela - A Day To Give

On Mandela Day, Gelvandale High School hostel received assistance from the South African Cultural Observatory, Nelson Mandela University, and other various organizations.

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SAMA Professionalisation Workshop 21 - 22 August 2023 SAMA Professionalisation Workshop 21 - 22 August 2023

The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) took part in a discussion with the stakeholders in the Museum industry on the professionalization of heritage in South Africa. The discussion was aimed at finding ways to professionalize the work Museums do in SA. The Museum stakeholders would like their work to be qualified by SAQA so that when they enroll students, they (students) can come out with a qualification that is graded.

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Cultural and sports impact on the economy can and should be measured, valued Cultural and sports impact on the economy can and should be measured, valued

GOVERNMENT strategic foresight is a powerful thing when it takes flight. Take the Mzansi Golden Economy Strategy (2011) – which gave birth to the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO), hosted by Nelson Mandela University since 2015 – for example.

Minister Zizi Kodwa unveils new award ceremony: “The South African Creative Arts Awards” Minister Zizi Kodwa unveils new award ceremony: “The South African Creative Arts Awards”

The South African Creative Arts Awards will be the be most desired recognition and cultural recognition in the South African creative industry. The Department of Sport, Arts and Culture intends to hold the South African Creative Arts Awards annually.

Research week Research week

Nelson Mandela University hosted their second annual Research Week on 11-15 September 2023 as part of their continued effort to foster engagement and partnership to contribute to the research culture within the institution.

Honouring Mandela - A Day To Give Honouring Mandela - A Day To Give

On Mandela Day, Gelvandale High School hostel received assistance from the South African Cultural Observatory, Nelson Mandela University, and other various organizations.

SAMA Professionalisation Workshop 21 - 22 August 2023 SAMA Professionalisation Workshop 21 - 22 August 2023

The South African Cultural Observatory (SACO) took part in a discussion with the stakeholders in the Museum industry on the professionalization of heritage in South Africa. The discussion was aimed at finding ways to professionalize the work Museums do in SA. The Museum stakeholders would like their work to be qualified by SAQA so that when they enroll students, they (students) can come out with a qualification that is graded.

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