Status and Purpose of the Concert held at the South African
High Commission in London on 16 November 2004
QUESTION NO: 1754
PUBLISHED IN INTERNAL
QUESTION PAPER NO 38 OF 4 NOVEMBER 2005
Mr D H M Gibson (DA) to ask
the Minister of Foreign Affairs:
(1) (a) What was the purpose of the
concert held at the SA High Commission in London on 16 November 2004, (b) what
was the total cost, (c) how many guests were invited, (d) who was invited and
(e) on what was the money spent;
(2) Whether the Government secured private
donations to help fund the concert; if so, (a) from which entities were such donations
acquired and (b) what was the total amount donated by each entity? N2362E
(1) Purpose of the function held at the SA High Commission in London
on 16 November 2004?
There was no concert held at the High Commission on
16 November 2004. However, the Mission held events: a unity gala to celebrate
10 years of freedom in South Africa held in the Barbican, London on 16 November
The unity gala was in a form of a Classical Music Concert, involving
the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra, Imilonji KaNtu Choir and the Durban Serenade Choirs
in partnership with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and was held at the Barbican
in London on 16 November 2004.
This function formed part of the celebrations
of the 10th anniversary of freedom in South Africa, which was celebrated all over
the UK throughout 2004, and also coincided with the centenary celebration of the
London Symphony Orchestra, and the 20th anniversary of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic
Orchestra. The concert also formed part of the cultural co-operation initiatives
between the United Kingdom and the Republic of South Africa. The Concert featured
the Imilonji KaNtu Choir and the Durban Serenades, along with solo performances
from soprano Linda Buckhosini and tenor Bongani Tembe. This was seen as an opportunity
to showcase South African talent in the UK and as an expression of solidarity
and co-operation between the two countries. This was especially significant as
the classical and operatic domain was previously inaccessible to black people
in South Africa during the Apartheid era. Both President Mbeki and Prime Minister
Blair supported the event in writing, and the letters of support were published
in the programme.
(2) Total Costs incurred
The total cost incurred
in London for the function was £150 929.
(3) Number of Guests.
Approximately 1 700
(4) Who was invited
Categories of guests included:
paying public (tickets were available through the Barbican for the
public) and invited guests from lists provided by the sponsors and the High
(5) Funds spent
- chiors and Orchestra|| 73 533|
(including flowers, refreshments etc.) ||18 910|
of Food and Drink - reception ||4 339|
(Approval of Contracts)||528|
*This includes production costs, cost of programme, concert
(1) Donations received for the function.
(2) Entities which funded the function.
- Budget Group
- P& O Nedloyd
- BHP Billiton
- Department of Arts and Culture SA.
(3) Total amount