South African Cultural Observatory
How South Africa Can Grow Its Gaming Industry? How South Africa Can Grow Its Gaming Industry?

In 2018, the global gaming industry consisted of 2.3 billion consumers, who spent nearly US$ 138 billion on games. Research done two years ago showed that there were more than 11m gamers in South Africa.

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Highlights Of Some Of Our Research Produced Since October Last Year Highlights Of Some Of Our Research Produced Since October Last Year

The report was aimed at exploring South Africa’s cultural goods trade with selected African countries between 2007 and 2017, with reference to the current cultural policy environment at the continental and regional level affecting such trade. The UNESCO (2009) Framework for Cultural Statistics is used to identify cultural goods, with trade data sourced from UN Comtrade (2018). This study is thus important in the light of South Africa’s signing of the Agreement (AfCFTA) to establish the Continental Free Trade Area in July 2018.

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SA’s cultural goods exports growing faster than imports – research SA’s cultural goods exports growing faster than imports – research

A NEW report which set out to examine the growth and structure of South Africa’s cultural and creative industries trade between 2007 and 2016 has been released by cultural think tank, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO).

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Cape Town Carnival spinoffs in excess of R40m - report Cape Town Carnival spinoffs in excess of R40m - report

THE increasingly popular Cape Town Carnival is generating economic benefits for the city and creative industries, alongside social cohesion and stimulation of the creative economy.

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The Market Theatres scoops Festival accolades The Market Theatres scoops Festival accolades

THE MARKET Theatre is South Africa’s leading creative hub for creating and presenting thought-provoking, inspiring and original South African theatre of the highest standard. Both productions on the Festival’s fringe programme have won the Standard Bank Fringe Ovation Award.

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Esther Mahlangu’s new BMW artwork to be auctioned in London Esther Mahlangu’s new BMW artwork to be auctioned in London

ESTHER Mahlangu has again collaborated with BMW to develop a car that is as much artwork as it is luxury vehicle.

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From the stage to the boardroom: South African women make slow transition From the stage to the boardroom: South African women make slow transition

WOMEN in the creative and cultural industries still struggle to break through structural challenges which are limiting their equitable participation in the economic yields of the industry, Prof Jen Snowball and Amy Shelver discuss.

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Getting Generation Z to log off and listen Getting Generation Z to log off and listen

THE new age of smartphones has taken a lot of the attention of society away from natural surroundings and sounds.

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Amazon, Pandora to Gauge Music’s Value in the Internet Age Amazon, Pandora to Gauge Music’s Value in the Internet Age

INTERNET streaming of music is becoming the ‘next biggest thing’ globally. Consumers are no longer simply downloading music, but are now listening or watching music videos instantaneously online.

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Royal Heritage Festival Royal Heritage Festival

The Royal Heritage Festival (RHF) in Vhembe is described by organisers as Limpopo’s biggest music festival. The Festival began in 2012 and is now in its 5th year. The full name of the event is the Phalaphala FM Royal Heritage Festival. Phalaphala FM is a Tshivenda language radio station owned by the SABC, which can be received mainly in Gauteng and Limpopo provinces.

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