Making histories with South African Fashion week – Zeitz

South Africa’s Zeitz Mocca Museum of Contemporary Africa will from 14 November to 07 January 2019 premier an exhibition featuring 21 South African designers in celebration of the 21 years of  South African Fashion Week (SAFW).

The Zeitz Mocca Museum collects, preserves, researches and exhibits modern art from Africa and its diaspora – opened on 22 September 2017 in Cape Town.

The exhibition, held under theme “21 years: making histories with South African Fashion Week” will show a micro-history of SA fashion, in reclaiming the absent years of the African fashion week.

“ Fashion much like art, reflects a broader political, cultural, technological and creative changes, and this survey exhibition offers an opportunity to showcase some of the conceptual developments in post-apartheid South Africa,” says a statement released by the Zeitz Museum.

The exhibition will further provide an opportunity for critical panel discussions, digital activations/interventions and experimental workshops.

Attendees will get an opportunity to see a feature of  21 ensembles from 21 popular South African designers – Amanda Laird Cherry, Black Coffee, Clive, Ephymol, Floyd Avenue, Guillotine, House of Ole, Lunar, Loxion Kulca, Mantsho, Marianne Fassler, Naked Ape, Rich Mnisi, Roman Handt, Selfi, Sheila Madge, Siesllsabelle, Sindiso Khumalo, Strangelove, Superella and Thebe Magugu.


By: Kgothatso Nkanyane

Image source: Zeitz Mocca Museum of Contemporary Art Design 

BRICS Ministers of culture agree to increase cultural cooperation

BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) Ministers of Culture on Wednesday, signed a declaration in Johannesburg, South Africa after months of consultation. South Africa’s Ministers of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa hosted Ministers from BRICS countries at the Cradle of Humankind, Maropeng.

Minister Mthethwa hosts BRICS Ministers of Culture at The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, Maropeng

The declaration is set to increase cultural cooperation among members of the bloc. Members of the bloc will be accelerating cooperation in fashion, animation and culture. The South African Minister called for a speedy implementation of the declaration.

“This declaration is a clear signal of where we want to go and areas where we want to go and areas where we emphasise and practical steps we need to take. Cultural cooperation cannot be overemphasised, that should be the medium of our engagement. We need to engage on this continuously, said Mthethwa as reported by Xinhua news agency.

The Ministers agreed to engage the BRICS New Development Bank to fund arts and culture programmes .

“We need to move speedily and instruct the working group to begin work. Cultural diplomacy has to be accelerated. This must not be confined to the boardroom but should go to the people”, said South African Minister of Arts and Culture.

The Ministers also agreed to institution-institution cooperation – BRICS cooperation of museums and galleries.


Source: Gulftoday

Minister Mthethwa hosts BRICS Ministers of Culture at The Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site, Maropeng

The Arts and Culture Minister, Mr Nathi Mthethwa  hosts a delegation of BRICS Ministers of Culture to provide a strategic leadership and guidance on how governments can best strengthen collaborations amongst member states, market access, and to promote cultural diplomacy for a broader Government socio-economic agenda. The event forms part of the 10th BRICS Summit recently hosted under the theme, ’ BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity  in the 4th Industrial Revolution”.

The BRICS Ministers of Culture  meeting will take place on Wednesday, 31 October 2018 at the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site in Maropeng, Gauteng.

Amongst other objectives, the Ministerial session will deliberate on the implementation of Cultural Agreements, strengthening of Bilateral Relations, reinforcement of cultural and people-to-people relations, expansion of trade as well as  the promotion of cultural diplomacy.

Led by Minister Nathi Mthethwa,  the BRCIS Ministers of Culture are also expected to adopt and  sign the declaration of the BRICS Ministerial meeting on Culture –Maropeng  Declaration. Prior to this session, the Department of Arts and Culture will on Tuesday, 30 October 2018 host the BRICS senior officials meeting as a precursor to the Ministerial meeting.


Issued by: South Africa’s Department of Arts and Culture


BRICS designers made a splash at the South Africa Fashion Week (SAFW)

Brazil, Russia, India and China showcased their designs at the 2018 South Africa Fashion Week (SAFW). Celebrating 21 years of Fashion, the 2019 winter, autumn fashion week was held at Sandton City from the 23-27 October.

Related story: BRIC fashion designers to participate in the 2018 SA Fashion Week

The five day event for the first time included a category featuring designers from the group of the fastest growing economies, BRICS. The BRICS designer collections were showcased on the second and third day of the prestigious fashion gathering.

Members of the coalition during the 10th BRICS Summit, held in Johannesburg, South Africa – pledged to collaboration beyond politics and economics. Talking to Independent Media, Bridgette Radebe, Chairperson of the Black Business Council and President of the South African Mining Development Association said “when BRICS was created it was focused towards arts and culture, economics, business with a political action integration.”

Here are some of BRICS designers of showcased their designs;


Helen Rodel is loyal to actuarial design that is purposed to change the human state of mind. Designs handmade garments, tropical in nature – reflective of her home country Brazil.  


Irina Stetsko is a brand founded by Irina Stetsco, a Russia culture and Art University graduate, who creates limited collections each month which are successful among women living active lifestyles.


Ka-Sha is a brand founded by a London College of Fashion graduate, Karishma Shahani Khan in 2012. The brand focuses on design as a form of storytelling, told through clothing that celebrate multi-layered cultures and ever-changing social landscapes.


Xiong Ying is the founder of a leading Chinese contemporary fashion brand, the Fashion Gaia. The brand draws inspiration from nature and incorporates it with modern and traditional designs. 


South Africa

Palesa Mokubung is the founder of the Mantsho fashion label. Mokubung led the pack of BRICS designers at the SAFW. Her designers according to SAFW are inspired by African cultures and elements.


Image Source: SA Fashion Week


By Kgothatso Nkanyane

BRICS looking into art and humanitarian cooperation

China’s President Xi Jinping, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, Brazil’s President Michel Temer and Russia’s President Vladimir Putin pose for a group picture at the BRICS summit meeting in Johannesburg, South Africa, July 26, 2018. REUTERS/Mike Hutchings

Russia’s President, Vladimir Putin said on Friday that members of the BRICS bloc can collaborate in many spheres. Collaboration in art and in humanitarian affairs is being investigated said Putin.

He further said “be it in the field of finance or economic partnerships, BRICS brings meaningful content to various areas. Art and humanitarian cooperation are all possible.

“We are thinking about it and we will discuss with our colleagues and look at agendas in this direction.”

The Russian President said all this in interaction with Indian and Russian young innovators. India Prime Minister, Narendra Modi and Putin were interacting with 20 talented students, 10 from India and another 10 from Russia – the students are currently part of a collaboration workshop in ITT-Delhi.

 “We can work together in many areas like artificial and intelligence and human intelligence,” he added.


Source: Sify finance

Official Statement by SA Government on Heritage Day 2018

Heritage Day on 24 September recognise and celebrates the cultural wealth of our nation. South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day.

South Africa celebrates Heritage Day under the theme: “The Year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Advancing transformation of South Africa’s heritage landscape.”

South Africans are encouraged to visit these institutions to contribute to their sustainability and relevance in addressing societal problems. Citizens are also encouraged to participate in community dialogues which will be held at these heritage institutions.

Communities are encouraged to safeguard and protect our cultural heritage and institutions for future generations.

We must work to ensure that our diverse cultures and heritage reflect all our identities without any distortions.

South Africans should take pride by living in a country with the following eight declared World Heritage sites:

Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Robben Island
  • Maluti-Drakensberg Park
  • Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
  • Cape Floral Region Protected Areas
  • Vredefort Dome
  • Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
  • Khomani Cultural Landscape

These sites are of great significance to all South Africans and should be preserved for the future generations.

Follow the conversation using #HeritageDay

(Source: GOV.ZA)

South Africa to introduce Kiswahili as a school subject from 2020

The South Africa basic education department will be adding three more subjects to the school curriculum from the year 2020. The subjects Kiswahili, Marine Studies and Computer Coding will become part of the school curriculum, a decision that was approved by the South African Council of Education Ministers.

As reported by, the subjects will be made available to public, private and independent schools. Minister for basic education, Angie Motshekga stated when talking about the addition of Kiswahili as another education language, it has the power to expand to countries that never spoke it and has the power to bring Africans together.

The learning of Kiswahili by South African School kids will help to create social strong bond among fellow Africans from an early age. Kiswahili being an official African Union language could also help decolonizes the Africa and become common language of the African people among the multiple languages spoken on the continent and around the world if widely adapted.

Reports from the state that in terms of Marine studies, the education department will cooperate with Two Oceans Aquarium to develop the curriculum. The Marine Studies subject will include segments of biology, oceanography, environmental sustainability and human interactions with the ocean.

The last subject to be added to the curriculum is computer coding not much detail was revealed to exactly what will be include in the computer coding program. But it’s believed the addition of computer coding is part of the planning in getting South Africa ready for the 4th industrial revolution.

By Mokgethi Mtezuka


BRICS Cultural Cooperation: South African living in China

One of the key aspects of the BRICS partnership is the cultural cooperation between the five countries.  This has led to citizens from the five countries finding employment and getting to study full-time in different BRICS countries. The BRICS Journal team sat down with a student from the Wuhan University in Wuhan, Hubei, China, to find out about the cultural experience for a South African living in China.

Thamsanqa Ngcezulla, a 23-year-old from Welkom, South Africa, got a scholarship four years ago to go study in China, where he is currently studying BCOM Accountancy at the Wuhan University. He highlights how excited he was at first to move to a different country, but the anxiety kicked in when he finally arrived there, a new environment, new country, different language and different overall experience at only 19 years old. One of the key challenges for him was the language barrier, he had to start first with learning Chinese at University before he can proceed with the rest of his course.

One of the advantages for him being in a foreign country was being surrounded by 119 students from his country who were also part of the scholarship program. The first thing that was emphasised when they got to China was that “you should never say no when a Chinese person offers you something”, Thamsanqa highlights how giving Chinese people are and they always ready to share with the next person, refusing their offer is offensive to them. Another highlight for Thamsanqa in his four year stay in China was their love for the Chinese culture, everywhere you go their music is played, they wear traditional attires and they celebrate their food.

The young man also stated that every time he visits South Africa for school holidays, he cannot wait to get back to China because of the warm and accommodating nature of the Chinese people. Once he got used to the food and finding familiar brands in the Chinese store, it became easy for him to feel at home in China, highlighting that he is always impressed by the Chinese technological advances, the convenience of the sub-ways and how affordable things are in the country. In a few years he will be finished with his qualification and stated that if he does get a chance to stay longer in China he will use it.

(By Ntsikelelo Kuse)

Culture through Dance – BRICS Journal Issue 6

Dance is one of the purest expressions of self and identity. Whether it’s the proudly joyful umhlanga dance of South Africa, the vibrant bursting colors of the dragon dance of China, the breathtaking and nuanced bharatanatyam of India, the dizzying athletic display of Russia’s kalinka or Brazil’s sensual wildly passionate samba we see them and

immediately recognize in them the people they represent and if we look close enough we find a little bit of ourselves. With BRICS reaching the decade milestone we must move beyond the cold stoic numbers of economic prudence and engage with each other in an increasingly human manner. What better way than saying let us dance and dance and dance!

(Find the Picture Essay on BRICS Journal Issue 6)

Brazil’s Museum burns down destroying 200 years of Knowledge

Rio’s National Museum (Portuguese: Museu Nacional) burnt down yesterday. The museum which has stood for 200 years housed a collection of Egyptian, Greco-Romanartifacts and some of the first fossils discovery in Brazil.  According to The Guarding the Museu Nacional is the oldest and high-ranking historical and scientific museum in the country.

The fire started after the museum closed on Sunday, there has not been any report of injuries or deaths but the loss of historical and cultural artifacts is immeasurable. Environmental Minister Marina Silva has called the destruction of the museum a ‘lobotomy of the memories of Brazil’.

The destruction from the fire was made worse due to the fire trucks running out of water and the fire hydrants in area having no water supply. It’s not clear exactly how the fire began, but the build was old fill with flammable materials there were cuts to funding and the museum had fallen behind on it repairs and maintenance, reports The Guardian.

Some of the item destroyed in the fire includes a 12,000 year-old skeleton and the oldest in the Americas, fossils, dinosaurs, and a meteorite found in 1784 and other items brought to brazil which signaled its independence from Portugal.

Source:  The Guardian