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03 May 2011

DAC Director General

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr. Paul Mashatile, on the appointment of the New Director-General

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Mr. Sibusiso Samuel Xaba as the Director-General of the Department of Arts and Culture. Mr. Xaba is currently the Head of Gauteng Planning Commission in the office of the Gauteng Premier. Among the posts he has held in the past includes: Head of Department: Economic Development, Gauteng Provincial Government; Deputy Director General: Economic & Development Planning, Department of Finance and Economic Development; Chief Director: Development Planning, Department of Finance and Economic development; Executive Director: Urban Sector Network and Director: Land Development, National Department of Land Affairs.

One of Mr. Xaba's notable achievements is that he played a critical role in the development and implementation of the Gauteng Growth and Development Strategy whose main aim was to reposition the Gauteng economy away from its traditional reliance on heavy manufacturing to focus on smart industries.

Mr. Xaba brings to the Department of Arts and Culture a wealth of experience that will strengthen the Department's mandate on social cohesion and the focus of unleashing the potential of the arts, culture and heritage sector to contribute to the New Growth Path. I welcome Mr. Xaba and wish him the best in his new job. I have no doubt that the Department will reach greater heights under Mr. Xaba’s leadership. I also wish to thank the Acting Director-General, Ms Veliswa Baduza for holding the fort during and keeping the Department on track.

Enquiries: Percy Mthimkulu 082 389 2684/Mack Lewele 082 450 5076

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