Arts and Culture

National Department Budget for 2018-19

Vote purpose

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 legislation:

  • the Heraldry Act (1962)
  • the Culture Promotion Act (1983)
  • the National Archives and Record Services 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 Heritage Resources Act (1999)
  • the National Council for Library and Information Act (2001)
  • the Use of Official Languages Act (2012).

Broadly, this legislation mandates the department to:

  • preserve, develop, protect and promote the cultural, heritage and linguistic diversity and legacy of South Africa
  • lead nation building and social cohesion through societal transformation
  • enhance archives and records management structures and systems, and promote access to information
  • provide leadership to the arts and culture sector so as to accelerate its transformation.
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