South African Cultural Observatory

Institutional Partners


Hosted by

Nelson Mandela University

in partnership with



We are proud to be associated with

CSIR our future through science International Library of African Music
National Film and Video Foundation The Market Theatre
The Playhouse Company William Humphreys Art Gallery
Freedom Park  
State Theatre Sahra 
PACOFS Msundusi
Museum National Museum
National Arts Council of SA  Business and Arts South Africa
PAN South Africa Language Board  South African Library for the Blind
Die Afrikaanse Taalmuseum & Monument  KwaZulu-Natal Museum
National Library of South Africa  National English Literary Museum
BlindSA   
 Human Sciences Research Council  Nelson Mandela Museum
Arts Cape  Iziko Museums of SA 
Luthuli Museum  
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Business and Arts South Africa appoints incoming CEO 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.

Minister Mthethwa Interaction with the Creative Industries 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.

Music in Africa Foundation honors Eric Wainaina 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.

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

New administrator joins SACO team 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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