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2018 State of the Nation Address

The State of the Nation Address (SoNA) will be delivered during a joint sitting of the two Houses of Parliament (National Assembly and National Council of Provinces) on 16 February 2018 at 19h00.

The 2018 theme is: “Making your future work better – Learning from Madiba”.

The State of the Nation Address will be broadcast live on: DStv Channel 408, SABC TV, eNCA, ANN7, SABC radio stations and Parliament’s YouTube Channel.


President-Elect Cyril Ramaphosa to be sworn In by Chief Justice

15 February 2018

Following his election by the National Assembly today, Thursday 15 February 2018, President-Elect Cyril Ramaphosa will be sworn in at 5:00 pm today by Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng.

The swearing-in ceremony will take place in the Media Centre of The Presidency precinct at Tuynhuys, Cape Town.

Enquiries: Tyrone Seale
(Acting Spokesperson for the President-Elect)
Cell: 083 575 7440

Color Me Africa Fine Arts at the 2018 Harlem Fine Arts Show

15 - 18 February 2018
Historic Riverside Church
91 Claremont Avenue
New York NY 10027
Between 120th and 121st Streets

The four-day traveling exhibition and sale of contemporary paintings, sculpture and photography is the largest of its kind featuring art from the African Diaspora. The exhibition will feature a South African Art Exhibition and sale of works of fourteen South African Artists:

• Bongekile Z.M. Bengu • Caelyn Robertson
• Izak Fourie • John Adams
• Joy Meyers • Leila Flaherty Fanner
• Lioda Conrad • Lisette Forsyth
• Ndabuko Julukani Ntuli
• Phulani Liebenberg
• Sharon Berry-Ellis • Vanessa Berlein
• Edith Schmidt • Wilhem Schmidt

The theme of this year’s annual HFAS multi-city tour, “The Healing Power of Art,” will showcase and celebrate African Americans in the medical field and raise awareness about medicine as a career choice for young people.

Admission is $25, with varying prices for special events. Follow the Harlem Fine Arts Show on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtags #HFASNYC

For more information about the event , please visit:

The Africa-USA Unity Music Concerts 

The Harlem Salvation Army Temple 
540 Lenox Avenue, New York, New York
Saturday 17 March 2018, 6:00 pm 

New Hope Baptist Church
12 Aaron B. Samuels Boulevard, Danbury, CT 06810
Friday, 23 March 2018, 6.00 pm – 9:00 pm  
Brought to the US by the World Missions Organization, a tax exempt nonprofit organization with tax deductible donations, these concerts mark the rare coming together of a remarkable mix of American and South African artists with the purpose of raising funds to benefit: 

  • El-Zabad Academy Christian School, serving poor communities near Sharpeville in the Gauteng Province, South Africa, and
  • The Siyazigabisa Home, an orphanage in Tembisa, Gauteng, South Africa 

Musicians from South Africa include Mahalia Buchanan, Xolani Mdlalose, Phindile Phewa and Mpho Mngomezulu. 

Local musicians include Ntombikhona Dlamini , Pastor Chaka Ngwenya, Sipho Hlongwane, and SAHAVO (South African Harlem Voices). Music Director Jimmy Mngwadi.

Tickets: Early Bird $20 per person and $35 at the door. 

For more information please visit World Missions Outreach. Purchase tickets online at Ticket River.

Father of South African jazz, Mr. Hugh Ramapolo Masekela, has passed away. The musician had been battling prostate cancer since 2008. May his soul rest in peace. #RIPHughMasekela.

Public Events:

Hugh Masekela Heritage Park
Friday, 26 January 2018 to Thursday, 1 February 2018
10:00 am to 6:00 pm daily
Hugh Masekela Heritage Park
Zoo Lake, Parkview, Johannesburg

Heitada Alex! –Going Home
Friday, 26 January 2018, 1:00 pm
Sankopano Community Centre
Corner 12th Avenue and Selborne Street
Alexandra, Johannesburg

Hugh Masekela Musical Memorial

Sunday, 28 January 2018, 12:00 noon
University of Johannesburg
Soweto Campus
Chris Hani Road, Soweto

Chief of staff to the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Harlem leader, and a key strategist behind civil rights protests in the 1960s

The Reverend Wyatt Tee Walker has been a long-time friend of South Africa. He helped supervise South Africa's first fully representative elections in 1994, when Nelson Mandela's rise to power ushered in the end of the apartheid regime. One of Nelson Mandela's stops in New York City as President of South Africa was the worship service at Canaan Baptist Church of Christ.

In 1999, The Rev. Tee Walker was instrumental in establishing the Sisulu-Walker Charter School (named for Dr. Walker and the South African anti-apartheid leader Walter Sisulu).

South African actor John Kani, star of Marvel Comic's movie, "Black Panther," in New York City

24 January 2018

Wesgro, in partnership with South African Tourism and South African Airways, hosted veteran South African actor John Kani who stars in Marvel Comic's "Black Panther."

Photo credit: Andrei Jackamets

Photo credit: Andrei Jackamets

Among actors appearing with John Kani in the movie are Oscar winners Lupita Nyong’o and Forest Whitaker, Winston Duke, Sterling K. Brown and a few South Africans.

isiXhosa is one of the official languages used in the movie.

Black Panther premieres on 16 February 2018.

Consul General Mathula Nkosi and South African actor John Kani. Photo credit: Andrei Jackamets

Pocket Guide to South Africa 2016/17

Complete document

Editor: Elias Tibane
Tel: +011 27 (12) 473-0069

An Evening with Brand SA CEO



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