‘Join hands to cel­e­brate’

MEC launches Her­itage Month at mu­seum

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Depart­ment of sport, re­cre­ation, arts & cul­ture (Ds­rac) MEC Bulelwa Tun­y­iswa launched Her­itage Month un­der the theme, “The Year of Nel­son Rholih­lahla Man­dela: Ad­vanc­ing Trans­for­ma­tion of South Africa's Her­itage Land­scape”, at the Amath­ole Mu­seum, in King Wil­liam’s Town on Mon­day.

The pro­gramme paid trib­ute to the self­less role played by South Africa’s in­ter­na­tion­ally recog­nised icons, such as Tata Nel­son Man­dela and Mama Al­bertina Sisulu.

Tun­y­iswa in­di­cated that “the two stal­warts of South Africa’s lib­er­a­tion strug­gle and pioneers of the coun­try’s free­dom and democ­racy laid a solid foun­da­tion for all of us – black and white – to co­ex­ist and live in peace and har­mony in an en­vi­ron­ment that pro­motes na­tional rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, unity, so­cial co­he­sion, so­cial jus­tice and so­cio-eco­nomic pros­per­ity.

“We also need to be re­minded that this is the birth month of the late “Mother of the Na­tion”, Win­nie Madik­izela-Man­dela, who also would have cel­e­brated her 82nd birth­day on Septem­ber 26. May their souls rest in eter­nal peace,” said Tun­y­iswa.

She said there would be events rolled out by the provin­cial gov­ern­ment, state en­ti­ties, mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties and cul­tural in­sti­tu­tions in cel­e­bra­tion of Her­itage Month.

“Our her­itage has mas­sive po­ten­tial to boost tourism and thus con­trib­ute to em­ploy­ment op­por­tu­ni­ties for many peo­ple, par­tic­u­larly youth and women.

“Let us all join hands to cel­e­brate, pro­tect and mar­ket our rich her­itage for the ben­e­fit of cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” said Tun­y­iswa.

Eastern Cape provin­cial leg­is­la­ture deputy speaker Mlibo Qo­boshiyane, who was among the dig­ni­taries at­tend­ing the event, ap­plauded the depart­ment for launch­ing the Her­itage Month at the mu­seum.

“This is my first time at this mu­seum and it has a rich his­tory that needs to be show­cased so the Eastern Cape and the whole coun­try can know our cul­ture and her­itage. How­ever there’s a need for more of our cul­tural as­sets to be pre­served and also ex­hib­ited in these mu­se­ums,” said Qo­boshiyane.

An over­view of Id­abi Lenku­l­uleko eQonce was ex­hib­ited on the day.

The ex­hi­bi­tion in­te­grates lo­cal his­tory, which in­cludes the Bhisho Mas­sacre, as well as pieces on icons, such as Steve Biko, Mapetla Mo­hapi and Steve Tsh­wete. It also cov­ers lo­cal sport.

Pic­ture: Sup­plied

RE­MEM­BER­ING OUR HER­ITAGE: MEC Bulelwa Tun­y­iswa oulines Her­itage Month ac­tiv­i­ties at the Amath­ole Mu­seum on Mon­day

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