Minister to launch Heritage Month

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa will today officially launch Heritage Month at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site, in Howick, KwaZulu-Natal.

September marks the annual Heritage Month in South Africa. Heritage Month recognises aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and intangible: creative expression such as music and performances, historical inheritance, language, the food people eat as well as the popular memory.

In line with government’s programme to celebrate the centenary year of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu, Heritage Month 2018 will be commemorated under the theme “The Year of Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela: Advancing Transformation of South Africa’s Heritage Landscape”.

At the centre of the 2018 Heritage Month celebrations will be the transformation of the heritage landscape, and in particular, the contribution made by the former President Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela.

During the launch, a month-long programme of activities aimed at addressing issues of transformations, promotion and preservation of South Africa’s rich and diverse heritage, national identity, nation building and social cohesion will be unveiled. –