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Select Committee On Education And Recreation Select Committee On Education And Recreation Presentation Transcript

  • Briefing on the Annual Report: Select Committee on Education and Recreation by the DDG Mr Themba Wakashe 05 September 2007
  • Outline of the Presentation
    • Purpose of the presentation
    • Vision and mission
    • Outline of the focus areas
    • Conclusion
  • Purpose of the presentation
    • This presentation provides a summary of the Annual Report of the Arts and Culture department for the period 01 April 2005 – March 2006
  • Vision and mission
    • The aim of the Department is to develop and preserve South African culture to ensure social cohesion and nation-building.
    • This includes amongst other things
      • the promotion of linguistic diversity in the country;
      • using arts and culture to promote social and economic development; as well as
      • the preservation and conservation of heritage.
  • The dept’s activities are divided into six programmes namely :
    • Administration
    • Arts and Culture in Society
    • National Language Services
    • Cultural Development and International Co-operation
    • Heritage Promotion
    • National Archives, Records, Meta-Information and Heraldic Services
  • Highlights-Administration Support to Arts and Culture Institutions
    • The department assists its public institutions. The following are the outputs for 2005/2006:
    • 76% of public entities have good and effective governance in terms of the PFMA and have received unqualified Audit Reports.
    • Transfers to public entities represents 60% of the dept’s budget. In promoting good governance 95% of strategic plans and reports were submitted on time in the same period.
  • Highlights-Administration…continued Arts and Culture Policy Review
      • The purpose of the Policy Review is to review the policy objectives and legislation to ensure coherence with current government priorities
      • Four consultative forums were held during the period under review. The forums were between the following stakeholders i.e. national and provincial government as well as public institutions.
      • This process culminated in a Policy Review Workshop.
  • Highlights – Arts and Culture in Society
    • Spearheaded the development and piloted arts and culture education and training models aimed at General and Education and Training phase. Funding was provided through the SA/Flemish bi-lateral.
    • Capacity building programme for 30 subject advisors was rolled out whilst 50 Arts and Culture Learning Area educators received formal qualification in ACE Arts and Culture programme in Gauteng.
    • It promoted arts as a viable economic vehicle for those who are on the margins of society like prisoners; youth; women and the disabled. The following campaigns have been launched namely Arts in Prison Project; Mosadi wa Konokono; National Youth Expressions Campaign etc.
    • Engaged government, civil society partners (like NRLF, NYC etc) and tertiary institutions to promote social cohesion and nation building.
  • Highlights – Arts and Culture in Society….continued
    • Celebrations of the International Day of the Disabled was held in North West Province. The DAC also provided support to the Design Indaba and People Alleviating Poverty (PAP) project, specialising in jewellery making, paper products and sewing. The African Decade song composed and developed by Babsy Mlangeni was profiled.
  • Highlights – National Language Services
    • The TISSA Project created 67 new jobs for professionals, that is 39 interpreters (36 Blacks; 2 Coloured; 22 males; 17 females and 13 disabled). The Project employed 83, 6% black persons and 89, 6% PDI; 28% of these are disabled persons; 50, 7% male and 49, 3% female.
    • Language Research and Development Centres were established, one for each of the official African Languages. 27 people have been employed, 14 females and 13 males. All of them are African. Of 7 centre managers already employed, 3 are African females and 4 are African males; of 6 coordinators (middle managers) 3 are females (all are African).
    • The DAC continued with development and promotion of literature in the previously disadvantaged languages of South Africa. Awards to 44 writers writing in all 11 official languages of SA were given in recognition of outstanding works of literature.
  • Highlights – National Language Services….continued
    • Bursaries were awarded to over 80 students pursuing studies in African languages in the fields of human language technologies, translation and editing, terminology management, language planning and interpreting.
    • To facilitate the development of spellcheckers, and to develop telephone-based and other text-based HLT applications. The HLT Unit has been established.
  • Highlights – Cultural Development, International Relations and Investing in Culture
    • The National Film and Video Foundation (was allocated R34, 720 million) The highlight for the sector was the nomination and winning of various international awards by local movies; Tsotsi won a Grammy Award for Best foreign Language film. Zulu love letter won the best actress (Pamela Nomvete) and the European Awards whilst Max and Mona won the best feature film.
    • It has p rovided support for emerging writers through the Xihlovo xa Vutivi Project. Published 21 books including Words Gone Two Soon: A Tribute to Phaswane Mpe and K. Sello Duiker, an anthology to which over fifty South African writers contributed.
    • The DAC used the Visual Arts Network South Africa National conference as an opportunity to liaise with the visual arts community to establish a working relationship. It has also sponsored events like èKapa sessions by Cape Africa on the visual arts in Africa and the diaspora; the Ciu Ning about the Rivonia Trial at the Apartheid Museum.
  • Highlights – Cultural Development, International Relations and Investing in Culture….continued
    • The development of a policy for the Design sector that includes an audit of the sector needs analysis has commenced. A project for the design developmental workshops has been piloted in 4 provinces (Gauteng; Free State; Kwazulu-Natal and Western Cape) and aims to come up with interventions to address the 2nd economy. It hosted the 2nd annual Arts and Culture Design Seminar at the Fashion Week.
    • The DAC hosted the African Film Summit and brought film representatives from across the continent as a program creating a shared vision for the sector within the continent and promoting NEPAD Cultural Industries objectives.
    • The DAC has managed successful interaction with SADC Ministers of Culture through the Colloquium of Ministers of Culture in the SADC region. The highlight was the establishment of the Forum of Directors-Generals of Culture in the SADC Region as a platform to implement the decisions and Projects approved by the Ministers of Culture.
  • Highlights – Cultural Development, International Relations and Investing in Culture….continued
    • The relationship with the Swedish has been successfully strengthened and developed through the funding of 23 joint projects. These focus on a transfer of skills and capacity building for some local organisations and communities through workshops and conferences.
    • Supports the implementation of Provincial Growth Development Strategy (PGDS), Integrated Development Plan (IDP), ISRDP/URP in poverty nodes and provincial priority areas. This support extended to government programmes in line with the EPWP and ASGI-SA. Funding for projects was provided to ensure alignment with national targets especially the involvement of at least women (60%), youth (30%) and disabled people (2%) within job creation initiatives directly benefiting the community.
  • Highlights – Cultural Development, International Relations and Investing in Culture….continued
    • Through this programme 1 612 job opportunities have been afforded to beneficiaries of which, 68 % are women, 43 % youth and 8.2 % disabled. A total of 196 154 of person days of work was afforded to beneficiaries of which 44 526 were training days. 120 permanent jobs created and 100 learners benefited from learnerships and skills programme.
    • A partnership has been developed with the MAPPP SETA and Dept of Labour for provision of accredited training through learnerships and skills programme that supported the implementation of the exit strategy through an increased skills base for subsequent increase in employability of beneficiaries.
    • This programme supported projects that used raw materials to ensure that the resources are eco-friendly and utilize environmentally sustainable harvesting or utilization patterns (the Griquatown Open Cast Mine and Kalgold Mine support Kgatlane Cultural Tourism Project in Griquastad in the Northern Cape).
  • Highlights - Heritage Promotion
    • The Heritage Day 2005 Celebration was held in Taung, North West and included a speech by the President as well the viewing and tasting of different types of indigenous foods from North West, Limpopo, Eastern Cape, Kwazulu-Natal and Boerekos.
    • This programme provided financial assistance to the Zindala Zombili National Traditional Dance and Music Competitions hosted by the African Heritage Trust. Zindala Zombili is a series of regional, provincial and national dance and music festivals. The National Festival celebrates the culmination of five months of regional and provincial competitions.
    • The partnership with the universities of Venda, Fort Hare and Zululand continues. Its mandate is to collect, preserve and promote indigenous music and oral history including the improvement of indigenous music instruments. Upon completion, a consolidated report of the findings will be published.
  • Highlights – Heritage Promotion….continued
    • The past year saw the SAGNC recommending the standardization of some geographical feature and mostly the correction of spelling for a number of geographical features in the Eastern Cape in particular e.g. Bisho to Bhisho, Dutywa to Idutywa, Mtata to Mthatha etc.
    • The 29th Session of the World Heritage Committee took place at the International Convention Centre in Durban. The highlight of the meeting for South Africa were: Inscription of the Vredefort Dome on the World Heritage List; Inscription of the Taung Fossil site as part of the Cradle of HumanKind site already listed; and the endorsement of the African Position Paper and the endorsement of the establishment of the African World Heritage Fund.
    • The National audit of art works is being conducted by the SAHRA. It’s a two-phased project. The first phase identifies state custodians of heritage resources, reviews the nature of their collections and inventories, as well as the skills base within the organisation responsible and reviews international heritage inventory systems in terms of technology, data recording standards and usability. The second phase comprises the development of a database system and the audit roll-out.
  • Highlights – Heritage Promotion
    • The Stone for Peace Association of Japan handed over the Stone for Peace to the Government of South Africa on 18 February 2006 at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Qunu, The Stone for Peace is a peace symbol handed over to Governments in an effort to promote peace.
    • The DAC has s tarted the process for the ratification of three UNESCO conventions and one protocol. The conventions are the convention on the protection of underwater cultural heritage; the convention for the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage; the UNIDROIT convention of 1995; The Hague convention of 1954 for the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict (26 March 1999).
    • The second Annual Albert Luthuli Memorial Lecture took place at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on 18 October 2005. Former President of Zambia K Kaunda, was the keynote speaker. A museum in Albert Luthuli’s honour was unveiled in Kwa-Dukuza in the Kwa-Zulu Natal.
  • National Archives, Records, Meta-Information and Heraldic Services
    • A project to renovate certain areas in the National Archives building was launched. The targeted areas include the Library, Reading Room, Sensitive Records Reading Room and the loading zone. This is expected to improve service delivery and security.
    • All records at the National Archives pertaining to Namibia before independence were repatriated to Namibia the final batch was sent to Namibia on 10 June 2005.
    • In partnership with the SABC and Media Orbes the Career Expo project was done in all provinces. It reached 1200 schools and covered 223 040 learners.
    • Pilgrims Rest Poverty Alleviation Project-The project received two grants (total R250 000) from the Poverty Alleviation Program of the DAC. Purpose of the project was to create order and implement proper preservation standards for the Pilgrims Rest Museum Archives.
  • National Archives, Records, Meta-Information and Heraldic Services….continued
    • Renovation of the Conservation Laboratory.
    • Phumani Paper Project- the Archive Paper and Products Project is a poverty relief project that aims to service the heritage sector by developing (in partnership with the NARS) appropriate archival paper, board and products.
    • Mali project- five trainees from Mali have been to South Africa for their second phase training under the guidance of the NARS.
    • National Oral History Conference was hosted by the National Archives in Birchwood Johannesburg in October 2005 where practitioners from all over the country gathered and elected an executive committee.
    • Compiled and published the second edition of A Directory of Archival Repositories in South Africa .
  • National Archives, Records, Meta-Information and Heraldic Services….continued
    • DAC Consultative Workshop on the Review of National Library and Information Service (LIS), Archives, and Heraldry Legislation was held .
    • Reconstitution of Legal Deposit Committee and appointment of new members was done, December 2005.
    • Designation by DAC Minister, as of 1 February 2006, of the Phuthaditjhaba Public Library as Official Publications Depository under the Legal Deposit Act, 1997.
    • Reconstitution of the National Council for Library and Information Services (NCLIS) was finalised.
  • Programme Performance 11,995 1,096,949 1,108,944 1,082,699 Total 4 75,180 75,184 72,740 6. National Archives, Records, Meta- Information and Heraldic Services 11,702 536.893 548,595 526,564 5. Heritage Promotion 80 159,763 159,843 165,995 4. Cultural Development, International Development and Investing in culture 21 58,549 58,870 67,757 3. National Language Service 178 194,716 194,894 197,944 2. Arts and Culture Society 10 71,548 71,558 51,699 1. Administration Over/Under Expenditure R’000 Actual Amount Spend R’000 Adjusted Appropriation R’000 Main Appropriation R’000 Programme
  • The surplus relates to 1,08% of actual expenditure against the voted funds for the 2005/2006 financial year. The majority of this underspending is due to ongoing capital works projects linked to the Public Entities. (R10,493,363.42). The details of the surplus are as follows: R’000 Current expenditure 296 Capital Works projects in process 10,493 Transfer payments: Khoi – San Project 1,171 Ad hoc transfer - second payments 35 Total 11,995 Programme Performance…continued
  • Actual Expenditure
  • Report of the Auditor General
    • Unqualified Audit Report.
    • Emphasis of Matter:
    • 1. Inadequate asset management
    • - Asset descriptions/barcodes were incorrectly
    • recorded in the asset register;
    • - Asset locations in the asset register is
    • incomplete/inaccurate;
    • - Research expenditure, professional fees and storage
    • costs are captured in the asset register;
    • - Assets physically identified cannot be located on the
    • asset register.
  • Report of the Auditor-General (Continue)
    • 2. Supply chain management (SCM)
    • The required number of quotations were not always
    • obtained;
    • Irregular expenditure of R3,351,308 which is disclosed in note 21 to the annual financial statements was incurred as no formal agreement exist between DAC and the service provider and no proper procurement process was followed;
    • Evidence pertaining to monitoring and evaluating of contracts, which is a pre-requisite for approval of payment, could not be submitted for audit purposes.
  • 3. Validity of non-financial performance information could not be verified - The department does not have a proper policy and procedure framework to manage the process to finalise their performance information as it was not submitted for audit purposes. (No quarterly reports for the period ended 31 December 2005 and 31 March 2006 could be submitted for audit purposes). Report of the Auditor-General (Continue)
  • Conclusion
    • The legislative mandate of the department is broad, covering a range of institutions and legislation. The primary legislative mandate of the Department comes from sections 16 and 30 of the constitution. A ctivities of the department are geared towards promoting these objectives. However in pursuit of these objectives the department encounters the following challenges :
      • Policy and Legislation Limitations
      • Human Capacity Limitations
      • Monitoring and evaluation and research
      • Integrated planning in the department
      • Budget reduction