Describe the main features of the policy/measure:
The revised White Paper aims to addresses the challenges of inequality, poverty, unemployment and persistent divisions based on race, gender, economic and other factors of exclusions. The intention is to effectively contribute to building a cohesive and united society in which everyone has access to arts, culture and heritage, resources, facilities and opportunities framed by the following objectives:
- Firstly, to align the revised White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage with the core mandate of the Ministry of providing arts, culture and heritage services, facilities, funds and resources; contribute to addressing poverty and job creation; and promote social cohesion and nation-building by providing access, resources and facilities to all who live in South Africa, with special attention paid to injustices and imbalances of the past.
- Secondly, to base the revised White Paper on Arts, Culture and Heritage on the fundamental right to culture, artistic creativity, language, and intellectual and artistic freedom as enshrined in the Bill of Rights in the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa (1996); The National Development 7Plan: Vision for 2030 (2011); the African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights (1981); the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance (2006); the UNESCO Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001); the Convention for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003); Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005); and the African Union’s Agenda 2063 (2014).
- Thirdly, to harness art, culture and heritage as creative, innovative, educational social development practices with the economic capacities for transforming South Africa into an inclusive society based on actual equality.
- Fourthly, to reconfigure the existing art, culture and heritage sector and the policies underpinning it to eliminate duplication and hasten transformation to enable the accelerated transformation and optimal performance of the sector in relation to current social, educational and economic policies.
Website of the policy/measure, if available:
What are the results achieved so far through the implementation of the policy/measure?:
The White Paper has been approved in 2019 and its implementation has started. In implementing the policy, it is anticipated that the overall impact on the creative economy will be:
- Positioning the arts as a valuable contributor to economic growth and job creation.
- Stimulating economic development.
- Creating linkages with creative industries across the African continent as well as internationally to seek exchanges and enrich South African arts, culture and heritage practitioners and businesses.
- Promote sustainability across the arts, Culture and Heritage sector.
- Raising the profile of South Africa as a destination for cultural consumers and increasing tourism (visitor) volume and spend.
- Building the professional capacity of the sector.
- Improving the production and dissemination of local content.
Partner(s) engaged in the implementation of the measure:
|Name of partner||Type of entity|
All national and provincial departments responsible for Arts, Culture and Heritage
All Arts, Culture and Heritage entities of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture
Has the implementation of the policy/measure been evaluated?: