Northern Cape Department of Sport, Arts and Culture
Department: Sport, Arts & Culture
The Northern Cape Department of Sport, Arts and Culture is committed to the educational and social development of all people in the Northern Cape through the promotion of sport, arts and culture.
A department committed to creating a prosperous and empowered province, united in the advancement of its sport, heritage, arts and culture.
To serve all the people of the Northern Cape by promoting, protecting and developing sport and the diverse cultures of the province and, at the same time, acting as catalysts in development programmes, economic empowerment and other activities, thereby entrenching nation-building and social cohesion.
Purpose: To provide political and strategic direction for the department, as well as effective and efficient human-resource and financial management, and general support services.
- Provide efficient and effective administrative and logistical support to the MEC.
- Create an environment of efficient and effective performance within the department.
- Implement an effective communication strategy and deal with all special programmes.
- Facilitate the department's strategic planning and reporting cycles.
- Ensure sound human-resource, financial and corporate management in the department and in all directorates.
Programme 2: Cultural affairs
Purpose: To promote culture and to conserve and manage the cultural and historical assets and resources of the province by rendering services.
- Promote respect for cultural diversity and the advancement of artistic disciplines into viable industries.
- Accelerate the transformation of the country's heritage landscape by establishing and managing museum and heritage services.
- Promote multilingualism, redress past linguistic imbalances and develop the previously marginalised languages.
- Advance geographical name changes in the spirit of transformation, and nation-building through language standardisation.
Programme 3: Library and archives services
Purpose: To support key government goals of transformation, sustainable development, corporate governance and equitable access.
- Provide library and information services.
- Render records-management services.
Programme 4: Sport and recreation
Purpose: To provide assistance to provincial sport associations and other relevant bodies to stimulate the development of sport; to formulate inputs regarding sport policy and promote sport programmes; to stimulate and present capacitybuilding programmes; to control, promote and develop the provincial sport academy; to develop and contribute towards sport-marketing strategies; to facilitate the development of facilities with a view to improving the lives of the disadvantaged; and to promote and develop sport tourism through major events.
- Establish and support transformed institutional structures and identify, develop and nurture athletes to increase participation and excellence in sport.
- Provide sustainable mass-participation opportunities across the age spectrum to promote physically active lifestyles.
- Ensure active participation, development and training of all learners and educators, and identify talent in quality and sustainable sport and recreation programmes.
- Create an enabling environment for a successful hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup.
These are some of the major projects for the 2009/10 financial year:
Arts and culture
- Establish a music academy at Mayibuye Centre
- Band-development workshops
- Establish a dance academy at Mayibuye Centre
- Promotion of indigenous music and dance
Craft and visual-arts development programmes
- Establish an art centre and craft outlet at Mayibuye Centre
- Provincial craft training
- Establish a drama school at Mayibuye Centre
- Provincial acting and directing workshops
- Continue with the review of the Vukani Arts and Culture Festival
- Finalise the Community Art Centre Provincial Plan and the Arts and Craft Catalogue
- Conduct accredited sign-language training for government departments
- Activate the Mayibuye Language Laboratory
- Conduct a language audit
- Finalise the Language Policy Framework
- Intensify the name-change process
Museums and heritage
- Conserve, manage and upgrade 11 collections, and establish a new
collection at the Upington Museum.
- Continue the collaborative archaeological study of the material found in the Wonderwerk Cave, with the universities of Toronto and Jerusalem.
- Continue the collaborative study with the Cologne and Cincinnati zoos on the blackfooted cat.
Libraries and archives
Thus far, the following have been established:
- Three new libraries and an archives repository
- A service for the blind
- Fifteen educational toy libraries
Sport and recreation
- Finalise and implement the Provincial Sport Growth, Development and Transformation Strategy.
- Finalise the Sports Science Institute plans.
- Advance the Learn to Swim Programme.
- Upgrade and renovate swimming pools.
- Establish public viewing areas for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup™.
- Support 500
athletes through high-performance programmes.
- Train 40 administrators to receive Basic Sport Management Level One.
2010 Fifa World Cup™
- Lobby potential 2010 Fifa World Cup™ qualifying teams to set up base camp in the province.
- Establish a provincial dance troupe for participation at World Cup associated events.
- Encourage municipalities to invest in public viewing areas and events during the Confederations Cup and the World Cup.
- Ms Pauline Williams, MEC
- Mr AF Joemat, Head of Department
Key contact people:
- SU Vallabh, Manager: Corporate Services
- AB Hall, Manager: Museums and Heritage
- P Modise, Manager: Cultural Affairs
- A Andrews, Chief Financial Officer
- J Villet, Manager: Libraries and Archives
- D Mdutyana, Manager: Sport and Recreation
- A Jinnah, Manager: 2010 Fifa World Cup™
Physical address: 22 Abattoir Road, Ashburnham, Kimberley 8301
Postal address: Private Bag X5004, Kimberley 8300
Tel: +27 53 807 4700
Fax: +27 53 807 4600