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Premier encourages youth to know their culture

By Maanda Mulaudzi

No matter how many degrees one may have, you remain illiterate if you do not know your own history, Premier of Limpopo Chupu Mathabatha said this on the occasion of the Dzata Commemoration Heritage, held at Dzata Heritage site, in Vhembe District on the 17th of September 2015.

 

Dzata is a place, which for many decades served to preserve the rich history of the Vhavenda people and played host to great leaders like Dimbanyika and many more.

Premier Mathabatha further said that Dzata Heritage Day should remind all of us the urgency to reject the importation of foreign cultures and traditions. Our colourful attire should instil a sense of pride in us. We have even forgotten the rich sound of our traditional music because of the domination of foreign sounds on our airwaves. We suffer from preventable diseases because we have abandoned easily accessible and healthy traditional food”he said.

If we are not careful our indigenous names will disappear and all our children will bear foreign names. Our languages are facing a real possibility of extinction, if we do not act swiftly, we will have no young person speaking Tshivenda, Sepedi or Xitsonga. This is so because we are all excited to take our children to those schools that do not teach our indigenous languages and we think that is cool”.

It can never be cool for a child to lose his or her identity, it is actual a tragedy of unimaginable proportions.

His Majesty King Toni Mphephu Ramabulana encourages youth to visit Dzata Heritage site in order to know their history. He said that Dzata Heritage would be celebrated annually and on week-ends so that many youth will get time to attend.