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SALGA Comommerates Heritage Day: 24 Septmber 2017

Posted: 22 September 2017


South Africa is a nation that emanates from a historical past wherein, among others, culture, tradition, and language were employed as apparatuses to perpetuate internal unfair discrimination, divisions, and conflict. 

Since 24 September 1995, the first Heritage Day was celebrated by the country and the nation approached the Day from a perspective of employing race, culture, and language as enablers of national reconciliation, national cohesion, and national building. 

The government defined heritage as everything that the people inherit. These include culture, history, wildlife, monuments, artwork, literature, music, folklore, languages, culinary traditions, and more. 

Heritage is a powerful tool that is relevant and usable to augment and reconcile a fragmented historical past and to promote unity in diversity and inclusive social cohesion of South Africans into a better future. 

Every year, the Department of Arts and Culture declares a special theme for the Heritage Day for the nation. This year's theme is 'Reclaiming, restoring and celebrating our living heritage' and this declaration is within the context of the year 2017 which marks the centenary of the birth of Oliver Reginald Tambo, a colossus who strode the world leaving a lasting African print.

SALGA through its portfolio dealing with Arts, Culture and Heritage, is partnering with relevant entities in order to continue to craft, register and advance the cause. It does this by, among others, working towards a uniform model for local government meant to address issues related to, funding, regulatory and legislative framework, institutional arrangements, capacity building, and development of human capital.

SALGA encourages all municipalities and South Africans in general to celebrate the Day by, amongst others, visiting heritage sites; studying the history of South Africa’s heritage including the flag and national symbols; celebrating music and art generated from different cultures, traditions and languages of South Africa; organizing talks and lectures on the importance of the South African heritage and living ‘botho’ and being participatory in sport and recreation.

 Let us celebrate our heritage.

 Happy Heritage Day!

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