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People of Limpopo celebrates Heritage Day

By Elvis Tshikhudo

About 5000 people from all corners of the Limpopo Province gathered at Lephephane Village Mapantsula Sport Ground in the Greater Tzaneen Municipality to celebrate National Heritage Day in South Africa on 24 September 2014. The theme of this year’s Heritage Day was “Celebrating 20 years of Democracy: Tell Your Story that Moves South Africa Forward”.

Heritage Day is one of South Africa’s newly created public holidays and its significant rest in recognising aspects of South African culture.  The day’s events are powerful agent for promulgating a South African identity, fostering reconciliation and promoting the notion that variety is a national asset as opposed to igniting conflict.

In his address, the Premier of Limpopo Mr Chupu Stanley Mathabatha said in the language of former President Nelson Mandela “when our government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation”. Chupu said Limpopo is a melting pot of cultural diversity that constitutes a significant portion of our shared heritage.

According to Premier Mathabatha in the language of one of our most celebrated poet and anti-apartheid activities, Mzwake Mbuli we know that ‘people need not to look the same in order to be equal, neither do we have to look like tooth or like eggs in order to be equal’.

He appealed to community to produce films, to write songs, books and poem about our past twenty years of our freedom and democracy. He said government is committed to using art and cultural to overcome the economic and political barriers that continue to define the face of our nation.