Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture and Communication and Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Arts and Culture of South Africa, signed on 11 July 2016 at the Palais de l'Élysée, a cultural cooperation agreement between France and South Africa for the next three years (2016-2019).

This agreement marks a new stage in cultural relations between the two countries, with a focus on cultural industries, including film, animation, music and multimedia. France and South Africa share the same ambition for development.

This new cultural agreement aims to be inspired by the successes of the French-South African Crusader Seasons 2012-2013, which this year is reflected in an exhibition on the French painter Henri Matisse, inaugurated tomorrow in Johannesburg.

This signature is part of the State visit to France of Jacob Zuma, President of the Republic of South Africa, on the occasion of the commemoration of the Centenary of the Battle of Delville Wood in the Somme.

On the occasion of this state visit, François Hollande, President of the Republic, handed over to Jacob Zuma the sound archives of the Nelson Mandela trial in Rivonia (1964), the digitization of which had been entrusted to the National Audiovisual Institute (INA), demonstrating the trust between the two countries and the excellence of the INA’s restoration and digitization skills.