South Africa’s heritage can boost unity

25 September 2015

Living heritage could help to promote a positive African identity in a globalising world, Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa said at the official National Heritage Day celebration held in Limpopo on 24 September.

One nation

“We are called upon as a nation to embrace each other’s cultures, to practise each other’s cultures, to learn and understand each other’s languages, so that we can speedily increase the cohesion that we are trying to build,” he said.

This year’s Heritage Day had the theme “Our indigenous knowledge, our heritage: towards the identification, promotion and preservation of South Africa’s living heritage”. “We have rich diversity and culture. Let us display to the world that indeed we are a cohesive, one nation,” he said.

Song and dance

Heritage Day was observed with colourful traditional clothing and performances.

Limpopo Premier Stanley Mathabatha said a “celebration of this nature in this part of our country is always a blend of colour, song and dance”.

Colourful clothes

South Africa’s colourful clothing is on full display at the National Heritage Day celebration in Limpopo on 24 September 2015. (Image: SAnews.gov)

Song and dance

Traditional songs and dance are on display at the National Heritage Day celebration in Limpopo on 24 September 2015. (Image: SAnews.gov)

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa said the performances showed the rich heritage of South Africa.

Source: SAnews.gov