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BY 17.12.20

Jerusalem wins Master KG big internationally

Limpopo-born musician Master KG continues his global domination and beat Nicki Minaj, Jason Derulo and Dua Lipa to bring home the Song of the Year Award at the annual NRJ Music Awards in France. This is award is for the song Jerusalem which got people across the world dancing to the South African tune.  The awards are presented by a French radio station to honour musicians across the globe.

This award follows several wins from all over the globe for Master KG.

The “Jerusalema” YouTube video has more than 260 million views and people worldwide have taken part in the “Jerusalema” dance challenge. The song has managed to get 143 million Spotify streams 18.5 million listeners from 92 countries.

He recently made it onto American rapper and business mogul, Jay-Z's Tidal 2020 playlist

Days of Cannibalism scoops top award

South African film-maker Teboho Edkins' documentary Days of Cannibalism won a top award in the documentary competition section of Egypt's El Gouna Film Festival last month. The film was awarded the El Gouna Golden Star for Documentary Filmwhich comes with a cash prize of $30 000 (about R450 000).

Minister Nathi Mthethwa Approves The Eastern Cape Name Changes Minister Nathi Mthethwa Approves The Eastern Cape Name Changes

The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa has decided to uphold the 23 name changes in the Eastern Cape as gazetted by the Department on 23 February 2021.

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The SA Cultural Observatory - Measuring and Valuing SA’s Cultural and Creative Industries The SA Cultural Observatory -  Measuring and Valuing SA’s Cultural and Creative Industries

The SA Cultural Observatory was established primarily to undertake economic research for the cultural and creative industries. We publish our reports in various media platforms, including this newsletter, to benefit as many cultural practitioners as possible.

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International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development 2021 International Year of Creative Economy for Sustainable Development 2021

Are you hosting an event, discussion, debate, conference or any other celebratory happening to mark the UN's 2021 International Year of the Creative Economy for Sustainable Development? Let us know about it and we will add it to our database of events happening throughout the year. Your event will also be logged in our report to the United Nations General Assembly.

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The Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture Mr Nathi Mthethwa has decided to uphold the 23 name changes in the Eastern Cape as gazetted by the Department on 23 February 2021.

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On 21 June 2021, a uniquely South African documentary, The State of the Arts – The Forgotten Industry, was released to coincide with World Music Day.

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The SA Cultural Observatory was established to undertake economic research for and about the cultural and creative industries in SA. We publish our reports in various media platforms, including this newsletter, with a view to empower industry stakeholders with information that we hope they will find useful, informative and can be relied upon when making decisions about the sector.

Executive Direction - June 2021 Executive Direction - June 2021

Stats SA’s latest quarterly labour force survey (1st quarter 2021) shows that South Africa’s unemployment rate, using the expanded definition of unemployment, increased by 0.6% to 43,2% in the first quarter of 2021. The figure is even higher amongst the youth (15 -34 years), with unemployment rate reported to be 46,3% for the same period.

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The French Embassy and French Institute in South Africa (IFAS) have initiated a mapping study of the creative and cultural industries in South Africa, with an initial focus on the museum and fashion sectors.

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