Statement By Ms Doreen Nxumalo On Macufe

20 October 2009

The African National Congress appreciates with a deep sense of pride, the successful conclusion of a 12 day African Cultural Festival on 11 October 2009 of the 12th Mangaung African Cultural Festival (MACUFE).

MACUFE is a significant event on our cultural calendar showcasing the best in African music, arts, dance and theatre. Culture plays a critical role in promoting social cohesion, and a sense of unity and belonging within our diverse democratic society. Our arts and culture can play a crucial role in nation building, reconciliation and the development of a new national identity and ethos reflective of our new democracy.

This festival was designed not only to entertain but it is also government’s vehicle to develop artists in all disciplines; to give exposure to new and unknown artists; to empower SMME’s and to promote tourism in our beautiful province.

Since its launch in 19997, MACUFE became one of the biggest cultural festivals on the continent with international acclaim, hence this year only it has enticed more than 140 000 people from South Africa and surrounding countries to the Free State.

The African National Congress supports government efforts to encourage, promote and support all cultural activities that celebrate the rich and diverse cultural heritage of all South Africans.

I thank you!

Doreen Nxumalo, MP
Tel: 021 403 2727