Cel­e­brat­ing Her­itage Month – to­gether, we are stronger

Public Sector Manager - - Message from the Minister -

This month we cel­e­brate the won­der­ful blan­ket of cul­tures that knits to­gether our coun­try. Her­itage Month is a time to re­flect on the val­ues and tra­di­tions that shape each of us and how we have cre­ated one coun­try de­spite our many dif­fer­ent tra­di­tions. That we are able to cel­e­brate our dif­fer­ences as one peo­ple comes from the strength of the fab­ric that binds us.

The her­itage we cel­e­brate con­trib­utes to our sense of place, com­mu­nity and per­sonal iden­tity. It in­forms who we are and where we place our­selves in our na­tional iden­tity. Her­itage gives us per­sonal iden­tity, but taken to­gether the patch­work of tra­di­tions and shared ex­pe­ri­ences, cel­e­brates the na­tion we are build­ing on this an­cient con­ti­nent.

It was in the creation of our Con­sti­tu­tion, based on the Free­dom Char­ter drawn up by our peo­ple so many years ago, that we de­vel­oped a sin­gle iden­tity from our many cus­toms and tra­di­tions. The birth of our Con­sti­tu­tion, let us not for­get that this year we cel­e­brate 20 years of its ex­is­tence, came out of the un­der­stand­ing that ours is a na­tion rich with voices from many cul­tures.

The idea that we are all part of one com­mu­nity – so beau­ti­fully en­cap­su­lated in the term Ubuntu – has al­lowed us to grow into a na­tion. Look­ing back on our his­tory, on our strug­gle for democ­racy, we are aware of sac­ri­fices made, and of the hard work of so many un­named peo­ple. We are also aware of how nar­rowly we avoided the blood­shed that is so part of other his­to­ries, be­cause we all un­der­stood that we are stronger to­gether than apart.

A sense of com­mu­nity

It is fit­ting that I men­tion the Con­sti­tu­tion this month when we also cel­e­brate the work of pub­lic sec­tor em­ploy­ees.We in the pub­lic sec­tor have a part to play in shap­ing an African na­tion in­spired by an African sense of com­mu­nity.

Before we are pub­lic sec­tor em­ploy­ees we are African and we must be mind­ful of our cul­ture, val­ues and tra­di­tions.

We are for­tu­nate to live in a state of peace, where chil­dren can grow up dream­ing of be­ing pi­lots, doc­tors, car­pen­ters and artists. We live un­der the guid­ance and pro­tec­tion of a Con­sti­tu­tion that al­lows par­ents to strive with­out fear to make their chil­dren's lives mat­ter.

As em­ploy­ees in the pub­lic sec­tor, we must be mind­ful of our re­spon­si­bil­ity to be a help­ing hand to all South Africans. We must use the power our of­fice gives us re­spon­si­bly, to help build and shape a fu­ture we can all be proud of.

As we mark Pub­lic Ser­vice Month let us re­mem­ber the prin­ci­ples we should be guided by. We should put our peo­ple first; we must be guided by the prin­ci­ple of Batho Pele.

Let us learn from the ex­am­ple of the framers of our Con­sti­tu­tion. Re­mem­ber the in­equal­ity and dis­crim­i­na­tion of the past and work to­ward mak­ing it our his­tory. Do the small things that im­prove lives, work bet­ter. Above all work hon­estly and openly.

Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tions

Ayanda Dlodlo.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from South Africa

© PressReader. All rights reserved.