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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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.

World Conference on Creative Economy 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.

EU Directive on Copyright in the Digital Single Market 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.

SACO to share important creative research at workshops 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.

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