Contribute to sustainable economic development and enhance job creation by
preserving, protecting and developing South African arts, culture and heritage
to sustain a socially cohesive and democratic nation.
The Department of Arts and Culture derives its mandate from the following
the Heraldry Act (1962)
the Culture Promotion Act (1983)
the National Archives and Record Service of South Africa Act (1996)
the Legal Deposit Act (1997)
the South African Geographical Names Council Act (1998)
the Cultural Institutions Act (1998)
the National Council for Library and Information Act (2001)
the National Heritage Resources Act (1999)
the Use of Official Languages Act (2012).
Broadly, this legislation mandates the department to:
develop and promote arts and culture in South Africa, and mainstream its role in social development
develop and promote the official languages of South Africa, and enhance the linguistic diversity of the country
improve economic and other development opportunities for South African arts and culture nationally and globally through mutually beneficial partnerships in order to ensure the sustainability of the sector
develop and monitor the implementation of policy, legislation and strategic direction for the identification, conservation and promotion of cultural heritage.
The Estimates of National Expenditure (ENE) sets out the detailed spending plans of each government department for the coming year.
National Treasury, departments and commitees are busy with different things depending on the time of year: