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You are cordially invited to attend dialogues which will be discussing the importance of story telling in South Africa

The Commission for the Promotion and Protection of the Rights of Cultural, Religious and Linguistic Communities (The Commission), is an independent constitutional body established to strengthen South Africa’s constitutional democracy through the promotion and protection of the rights of cultural, religious and linguistic communities. The Commission is organising dialogues which will be discussing the importance of story telling in South Africa.

Dialogues Topic

“The importance of story telling in South Africa”

The CRL Rights commission held a National Consultative conference (NCC) from the 7th of February to the 10th of February 2013. The aim of the conference was to get views from Community Councils regarding important issues that the Commission should work on for the next 5 years. One of the issues that came out strong during the NCC was that of Story Telling. Community Councils argued that too much cultural knowledge is being lost due to devaluation of traditional story telling in South Africa.

Since one of the mandates of the CRL Rights Commission is to restore diminishing heritage; this research seek to evaluate best ways in which story telling can be preserved, protected and promoted, thereby making it valuable again. The research objectives are to; a) find out how story telling started. The research will then find out b) what the intention behind story telling was. Furthermore, the research seeks to c) find out who were the story tellers and listeners (audience), and the relationship between the two. The research will then d) try to find out what caused the devaluation of story telling in the modern days. Some people would argue that new forms of communication such as cell phones, television and radio caused this devaluation, yet we still find traditional stories being told by these Medias. Because of this; the research will then try to e) find out how new forms of communication might be used to tell indigenous African stories. Conclusions from the research will f) work on finding recommendations regarding how story telling can be preserved, protected and promoted amongst different cultures in South Africa.

·         Date:  22 May 2013

·         Time: 09:30- 14:00

·         Venue: Good News conference centre

                         King William’s Town

                         East London

For more information contact:

Mr Joseph Vuyani Ntabeni

CRL Rights Commission

Private Bag X 90 000



Tel:  011 537 7642/0786782766                                                

E-mail:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it  

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