Department of Arts and Culture backs commemorative publication

By on February 24, 2014

In 1994, South Africa shook off the shackles of discrimination and inequality, paving the way for the country to become a unified and democratic example for the rest of the world.

To celebrate this milestone Topco Media will be launching the South Africa 20 Years of Success: Business & Government publication at the 13th Annual Oliver Empowerment Awards with the official backing of the Department of Arts and Culture.

“Our young nation has faced a myriad of challenges on the way, but has faced those issues head on. Topco Media is honored to be documenting South Africa’s miraculous growth from segregation to the thriving and empowered country it is today,” says Nick Krige, Group Editor of the 20 Years book.

The book is due to be launched at the 13th Annual Oliver Empowerment Awards at Emporers Palace in Gauteng on 25 April 2014. The Olivers, as the awards are affectionately known, is run in conjunction with Topco’s Impumelelo publication, which seeks to acknowledge and celebrate companies at the forefront of empowerment and transformation in South Africa. This makes it the perfect occasion to unveil South Africa 20 Years of Success: Business & Government.

“Over the last 20 years much has been done to address the inequality and hardships caused by the apartheid regime. This is not to say that South Africa has overcome all of its problems, there remain issues that need to be addressed, but celebrating 20 years of freedom is not about ignoring those issues or pretending they don’t exist. Celebrating 20 years of freedom is about recognising what we have accomplished as a nation and using that as a template to continue building our nation,” says Paul Mashatile, Ministers of Arts and Culture.

The Department of Arts and Culture has been tasked by government to be the driving force behind the 20 years of democracy celebrations, making its endorsement a significant feather in the cap of Topco Media’s South Africa 20 Years of Success: Business & Government book. “As the spearhead of government’s celebrations to commemorate 20 years since South Africa gained freedom and democracy in 1994, the Department of Arts and Culture fully endorse Topco Media’s 20 Years of Success: Business & Government publication, which I will officially launch at the 13th Annual Oliver Empowerment Awards where I will be a keynote speaker,” adds Mashatile.

The South Africa 20 Years of Success: Business & Government project has been officially endorsed by Brand South Africa and Wesgro. “When our democracy was born in 1994, it was a dream of the rainbow nation to have the privilege of living and doing business in a truly free and fair society. Since then, two decades have past, and we can look back upon our many successes with pride. We are honoured to endorse Topco media’s 20 year tribute publication,” says Nils Flaaten, CEO of Wesgro, the official Tourism, Trade and Investment Promotion Agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape.

Former Bafana Bafana, Leeds United and Kaizer Chiefs captain Lucas Radebe will be at the 13th Oliver Empowerment Awards for the launch of the book, making it an occasion worthy of a book celebrating the first two decades of our nation.

“On 27 April 1994, South Africa cast off the shackles of oppression once and for all and embarked on its journey of freedom and enlightenment. We wish Topco Media all the best in their endeavor to document the upliftment of our country,” says Miller Matola, CEO of Brand South Africa. 

To find out more about getting involved in South Africa 20 Years of Success: Business and Government publication contact Topco Media’s Group Editor Nick Krige on 086 000 9590 or email nick.krige@topco.co.za

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