Dress up for Heritage Day

Friday, September 23, 2016

Pretoria - Government has called on citizens to promote their African identity by dressing up in their traditional outfits, to share knowledge of cultures and learn a new African language as part of celebrating the country’s living heritage.

South Africa will mark Heritage Day on Saturday. 

Communities have been encouraged to observe the day as an opportunity to take pride in their unique rich culture and celebrate the African identity in its entirety.

“Heritage Day is not only a day for South Africans to gather for braai or parties, but it is a significant occasion to showcase our great diversity and celebrate our uniqueness,” said the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Acting Director General, Donald Liphoko.

This year celebrations will be hosted at Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley, Northern Cape, under the theme, “Celebrating our Human Treasures by Asserting our African Identity”.

The programme of the National Heritage Day Celebration will include a keynote address by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as well as a diverse cultural programme embracing different cultures through music, poetry and dance.

A cultural exhibition showcasing various tantalising indigenous foods will also be on offer. 

As part of Heritage Day celebrations, the Department of Sport and Recreation is hosting the 2016 National Indigenous Games Festival from the 24 - 28 September 2016 at Seshego Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo.

Teams from all nine provinces are expected to participate in the Games, a family occasion which promises a vibrant carnival atmosphere.

South Africans can support the #LivingMyHeritage campaign by adding a profile picture wearing your traditional attire http://twibbon.com/Support/livingmyheritage-2. – SAnews.gov.za   

 

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