Cel­e­brat­ing our her­itage

Vuk'uzenzele - - Sport, Arts Culture -

the Month of Septem­ber is a time­for South Africans to come to­gether to share, cel­e­brate and show­case our cul­tural her­itage. South Africa's cul­tural her­itage not only con­sists of facets dis­cussed but many oth­ers; such as cul­tural vil­lages, land­marks (stat­ues and monuments) and en­doge­nous rites and ac­tiv­i­ties.

Her­itage in­cludes ev­ery­thing that has been in­her­ited in­clud­ing cul­tures, cus­toms, lan­guages, his­tory, na­ture re­serves, parks, lit­er­a­ture, mu­sic, art and build­ings – to name a few.

The theme this year is: Cel­e­brat­ing Our Cul­tural and Her­itage In­sti­tu­tions. The call is for all South Africans to not only cel­e­brate but also pro­tect our rich and di­verse cul­tural her­itage.

South Africa’s dis­tinc­tive ecosys­tems, wildlife, unique moun­tains, and nat­u­ral land­scape make South Africa a world in one coun­try.

The coun­try is home to nine of the 981 World Her­itage Sites which are recog­nised by the United Na­tions Ed­u­ca­tional and Sci­en­tific Or­gan­i­sa­tion as places of out­stand­ing cul­tural and his­tor­i­cal im­por­tance

These sites are the Fos­sil Ho­minid Sites of South Africa, Maloti-Drak­ens­berg Park, Ma­pun­gubwe Cul­tural Land­scape, Vre­de­fort Dome, Richtersveld Cul­tural and Botan­i­cal Land­scape, Robben Is­land Mu­seum, iSi­man­gal­iso Wet­land Park, the Cape Flo­ral Re­gion Pro­tected Ar­eas and the ‡Khomani Cul­tural Land­scape.

The sites of­fer a di­ver­sity and abun­dance of cul­tural and nat­u­ral val­ues that en­cap­su­late the value sys­tems of the coun­try.

So on 24 Septem­ber make sure you go out and en­joy mu­sic events, dress up in tra­di­tional out­fits, at­tend the­atri­cal per­for­mances and ap­pre­ci­ate South Africa’s rich cul­tural and nat­u­ral her­itage.

Her­itage Month is a time for all South Africans to em­brace our rich cul­tural di­ver­sity.

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