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Minister Lamola to deliver a keynote address at the Partners Against Piracy Launch

23 March 2022

The Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Ronald Lamola, will tomorrow, Thursday, 24 March 2022, deliver a keynote address at the maiden launch of the South African chapter of the Partners Against Piracy (PAP) to be held at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg.

This initiative is a convergence of key stakeholders with a common objective of making a positive socio-economic contribution to conversations affecting their creative sectors while ensuring that these industries advance into sustainable, credible as well as a profitable craft.

The emergence of the Partners Against Piracy movement emanated from the resolution of the Copyright Coalition of South Africa (CCSA) to be an anti-piracy champion in the country under its banner, following an anti-piracy workshop and information session held earlier this year. This emulates similar awareness campaign initiatives established in Kenya, Zambia, Malawi, Angola and Botswana.

Partners Against Piracy driven by the CCSA and supported by Industry stakeholders seeks to shed light on the scourge of piracy that has devastated the creative industry globally, including South Africa, where it manifests itself through creative products being purloined and illegally disseminated in inter alia the film, publishing, broadcast and music industries. These piracy activities deprive relevant stakeholders of due recognition as well as revenue which ought to accrue to the creative value chain as legally mandated by copyright laws.

The primary role of PAP will be copyright protection and related issues, including evaluating the impact of piracy on the local creative economy, sports fraternities, lost revenue to sporting codes and its professionals, artists as well the government. The PAP initiative further aims to promote a Pan-African offensive to curb content piracy in all its manifestations geared towards protection of lives, livelihoods of creatives and broadcast personnel while fostering responsible consumption of all products which contribute to and enhance the creative eco-system across Africa.

Details of the Minister’s Keynote address are as follows:
Date: Thursday, 24 March 2022
Time: 12h40
Venue: The Ballroom, Monte Casino Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg.

Media Confirmations: Lerato Monethi 072 898 0079

Enquiries: Chrispin Phiri Ministry Spokesperson 081 781 2261

Issued by the Ministry of Justice and Correctional Services