Steve Biko, OR Tambo hon­oured

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The Gov­ern­ment has planned a num­ber of cel­e­bra­tions dur­ing the month of Sep­tem­ber, “to help make the coun­try a bet­ter place for all” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from

The Gov­ern­ment has called on all cit­i­zens, civil so­ci­ety or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­nity groups, to part­ner in build­ing so­cial co­he­sion and na­tion build­ing this month.

The Gov­ern­ment Com­mu­ni­ca­tion and In­for­ma­tion Sys­tem (GCIS) on Tues­day said var­i­ous ini­tia­tives will un­fold this month which are aimed at cel­e­brat­ing the demo­cratic gains that South Africa has made since 1994, which will also drive the na­tion to­wards the work that needs to be done to ad­dress the chal­lenges that still face the coun­try. Among th­ese ini­tia­tives is the Re­mem­ber­ing Steve Biko event. Gov­ern­ment will com­mem­o­rate the 40th an­niver­sary of the death of Steve Biko in de­ten­tion un­der the theme: “Cel­e­brat­ing our lib­er­a­tion her­itage and the legacy of black con­scious­ness”.

This icon of South Africa’s Black Con­scious­ness move­ment self­lessly ded­i­cated his life to the fight for free­dom and his sac­ri­fice con­trib­uted to bring­ing about a free and demo­cratic South Africa.

Her­itage month

Also this year, Her­itage Month will be com­mem­o­rated un­der the theme “The Year of OR Tambo: Cel­e­brat­ing Our Lib­er­a­tion Her­itage and Democ­racy.” The fo­cus will be on pro­grammes of na­tion build­ing and so­cial co­he­sion.

Through­out the com­mem­o­ra­tions, South Africans are en­cour­aged to visit a cul­tural in­sti­tu­tion and play an ac­tive role in af­firm­ing, pro­mot­ing and pre­serv­ing it.

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