Em­brace your her­itage

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ON 24 SEPTEM­BER, Her­itage Day, the na­tion will show its true colours, from vi­brant Nwenda and Sh­weshwe fab­ric to bright im­ib­haco and xi­belani dress.

South Africa’s rich his­tory and cul­tural di­ver­sity has been cel­e­brated each Septem­ber since 1996, when Her­itage Month was in­tro­duced in an ex­plo­sion of colour­ful tra­di­tional at­tire and lively indige­nous dance.

In or­der for so­ci­ety to be co­he­sive, it is im­por­tant for its mem­bers to know who they are and learn about who oth­ers are as well.

The South African gov­ern­ment uses ev­ery Septem­ber as an op­por­tu­nity to en­cour­age cit­i­zens to learn about each other’s cul­tures and cel­e­brate their dif­fer­ences. It aims to: • In­stil pride in the na­tion for its rich and di­verse cul­tural her­itage; • Con­tinue with a na­tional process of unit­ing and rec­on­cil­ing all South Africans ir­re­spec­tive of race, creed, gen­der, sex­ual orientation or re­li­gion;

• Con­tribute to ed­u­cat­ing South Africans and the en­tire world on the rich­ness and sig­nif­i­cance of cel­e­brat­ing the na­tion’s her­itage;

• Cre­ate a plat­form in which South Africans can have de­bates on the na­tion’s her­itage as far as its iden­ti­fi­ca­tion, doc­u­men­ta­tion, pro­tec­tion, pro­mo­tion and preser­va­tion is con­cerned; • Pro­mote na­tional iden­tity that is self-con­scious of its lib­er­a­tion her­itage; and • Pro­mote unity in di­ver­sity among all sec­tors of the South African so­ci­ety.

The trans­for­ma­tion of the her­itage land­scape

This year’s Her­itage Month is cel­e­brated along with the cen­te­nary of the birth of the first demo­crat­i­cally elected Pres­i­dent, Nel­son Rolih­lahla Man­dela, and will fo­cus on the trans­for­ma­tion of the South African her­itage land­scape.

Her­itage is both tan­gi­ble and in­tan­gi­ble. Tan­gi­ble her­itage refers to build­ings, his­toric places, arte­facts and mon­u­ments, while our in­tan­gi­ble her­itage refers to at­tributes that we have in­her­ited from the past gen­er­a­tions, such as lan­guage and knowl­edge.

Some of the tan­gi­ble things we can cel­e­brate this Her­itage Month:

• Free­dom Park, Pre­to­ria,

opened in 2004;

• Nel­son Man­dela Mu­seum in Mthatha, opened in 2002;

• Luthuli Mu­seum, Groutville, KwaZulu-Natal, opened in 2004;

• Re­burial of Sarah Bart­mann in Hankey, East­ern Cape in 2002; and the • Nel­son Man­dela Statue, Union Build­ings, Gaut­eng, un­veiled in 2013.

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