Minister of Arts and Culture

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South Africa
Minister of Arts and Culture
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Nathi Mthethwa

since 26 May 2014
StyleThe Honourable
AppointerJacob Zuma
Inaugural holderPallo Jordan
Formation29 April 2004
DeputyMaggie Sotyu
WebsiteArts and Culture

The Minister of Arts and Culture is a Minister of the Cabinet of South Africa who is responsible for overseeing the Department of Arts and Culture. The portfolio was created on 29 April 2004 on the appointment of the second Cabinet of President Thabo Mbeki, when the Arts, Culture, Science and Technology portfolio was divided into two.[2] As of 26 May 2014 the incumbent minister is Nathi Mthethwa and his deputy is Maggie Sotyu.


Apart from the Department of Arts and Culture, the following institutions also report to the minister:[3]

List of Past Ministers[edit]

Minister of Education, Arts and Science, 1949–1989[edit]

Name Portrait Term Party Prime Minister
J.H. Viljoen JHViljoen.JPG 1949 16 April 1958 NP D.F. Malan
(I) (II)
J.J. Serfontein JJSerfontein.jpg 16 April 1958 8 October 1961 NP Hans Strydom
Hendrik Verwoerd
(takes office after Strydom's death)
8 October 1961 1970 NP Hendrik Verwoerd
(I) (II)
B.J. Vorster
(takes office after Verwoerd's death)
1970 1981 NP B.J. Vorster
(I) (II) (III)
1981 1989 NP P.W. Botha
(I) (II)

Minister of Education and Culture, 1989–1994[edit]

Name Portrait Term Party Prime Minister
Piet Clase 1989 1991 NP F.W. de Klerk
Piet Marais 1991 10 May 1994

Minister of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, 1994–2004[edit]

Name Portrait Term Party President
10 May 1994 18 June 1999 ANC Nelson Mandela
(Government of National Unity)
Ben Ngubane 18 June 1999 29 April 2004 ANC Thabo Mbeki

Minister of Arts and Culture, 2004–present[edit]

Name Portrait Term Party President
Pallo Jordan 29 April 2004 22 April 2009 ANC Thabo Mbeki
Kgalema Motlanthe
(takes office after Mbeki resigns)
Lulama Xingwana Lulu Xingwana 2013 crop.jpg 22 April 2009 30 October 2010 ANC Jacob Zuma
(I) (II)
Paul Mashatile 30 October 2010 7 May 2014
Nathi Mthethwa 24 May 2014 Incumbent


  1. ^ "Determination salaries and allowances of the Deputy President, Ministers and Deputy Ministers", Proclamation No. 3 of 2015.
  2. ^ "Mbeki announces new cabinet". 29 April 2004. Retrieved 22 January 2010.
  3. ^ Annual Report 2009–2009 (PDF). Department of Arts and Culture. p. 8. ISBN 978-1-919965-11-6.

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