Cultural awards nomination

Pictured are, from left; Nikiwe Momoti (Director Archives and Record Management), Ria Olivier (winner of 2015/16 Neville Alexander Award for the Promotion of Multilingualism), MEC Annoux Marais, Thami Mbongo (winner of Best Contribution to Performing Arts: Drama) and Jane Moleleki (Director Arts, Culture and Language) at the launch.

Nominations for the 2016/2017 provincial cultural awards are now open, and people in the province can nominate people who have excelled in various cultural aspects.

On Thursday October 27, MEC for Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais officially launched the call for nominations, in Cape Town. The theme for the awards is Embrace Cultural Inclusivity.

The awards offer the people of the Western Cape an opportunity to acknowledge talent in their diverse cultural landscapes.

Nominees should have a talent for bridging diversity and nurturing tolerance.

Ms Marais described the awards as a “supporting tool for mutual understanding of and respect for unique backgrounds” that could solve current cultural difference and negative publicity.

She said the build-up to the award ceremony and the event would equip nominees, guests, stakeholders and social media followers with a sense of pride in their historic, traditional and linguistic heritage.

The award categories include Arts and Culture, Language, Heritage, Geographicla names, Museums, Libraries and Archives.

For more information and to nominate someone visit

“I trust nominations will soon be flowing in because it is indeed necessary to celebrate the successes in the Arts and Cultural sectors,” said Ms Marais.

The closing date for nominations is Friday November 25.