South Africa: President Ramaphosa to address heritage day celebrations

President Cyril Ramaphosa will on Thursday virtually deliver the National Heritage Day keynote address under the theme ‘Celebrating South Africa’s Living Human Treasures’ in recognition of the country’s living human treasures, who symbolise fountains of knowledge, customs and traditions.

This year’s Heritage Month is dedicated to the living human treasures, namely Dr Esther Mahlangu, Mama Madosini Latozi Mpahleni and Mama Ouma Katrina Letsau. With three books having been launched, recognising the efforts of the three great women, who have distinguished themselves in their chosen fields of artistic occupation, putting South Africa on the global cultural map.

As part of the celebrations and in their honour, three books have since been launched, which acknowledge the efforts of these great women, who have been illustrious in their chosen fields of artistic occupation, putting South Africa on the global cultural map.

Lately,government has promoted South African indigenous knowledge holders, who have been producing goods and services within local communities but have not received national or international acclaim and recognition.

Heritage Month is also being directed towards highlighting the fight against gender-based violence and femicide in the country.

As part of raising consciousness across society, government will continue to facilitate dialogues and hold panel discussions on gender based violence, aimed at sustaining positive behavioural change.

Heritage Month is a platform to promote the rich and diverse indigenous knowledge systems of South Africa.

It’s an opportunity to create awareness around the scourge of GBV and encourage the country’s living human treasures to champion the care of women and girl children within communities, and expose learners and youth to the richness of South African indigenous heritage.

It also seeks to advance the profile of South Africa’s outstanding indigenous knowledge holders as moral compasses in communities, promote the appreciation of and economic potential of products, goods and services made by indigenous knowledge holders, and enhance social cohesion and nation building through indigenous knowledge.

This year’s national day celebrations will also highlight the vastness and richness of indigenous knowledge systems represented by rites of passage, festivals, music, crafts, science, innovation, knowledge and our relations with the universe.

The celebrations will be televised on major news channels and streamed live across social media platforms.

Liberty Pazvakawambwa

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