Limpopo celebrates Heritage Day

Mokwakwaila- The Limpopo Provincial Government, led by Treasury MEC Seaparo Sekoati who was representing Premier Stanley Chupu Mathabatha, has joined the rest of the country in commemorating an annual Heritage Day.

This year’s commemorations were held on Saturday, 24 September 2022, at the Mokwakwaila Stadium in the Greater Letaba Municipality under the theme: “Celebrating The Legacy Of Solomon Linda And South Africa’s Indigenous Music”

September marks the annual Heritage Month in South Africa, and it is used to celebrate and promote the country’s rich heritage.

Heritage Day also give us a chance to appreciate the immense cultural wealth of our nation and citizens are encouraged to celebrate the day, by esteeming the heritage of many cultures that make up our nation.

Notably, the Limpopo Province is one of the richest provinces when it comes to the diversity of cultural heritage.

It is the home of great Mapungubwe which is South Africa’s first City of Gold that flourished back in the 12th century.

MEC Sekoati has urged the youth of Limpopo to embrace their rich heritage.

“Young people are the future, and the future belongs to our young people. It is therefore important that our young people are well familiar with their own history so that they can have a proper claim to the future. Please Young people, let us preserve and protect this Heritage with all we can.”

Sekoati also hassled at the fact that the older generation is concerned at a manner in which today’s generation of young people is distancing themselves from heritage matters.

He said it is extremely dangerous for the youth to want to define themselves in terms of where they want to be without seeking relationships with who they are.

“I always say that no matter how many degrees one may have, you remain illiterate if you don’t know your own history. Without this knowledge of history, one is just like a tree with dead roots. The future for such a tree is bleak.

The MEC also urged parents to promote their native languages at homes instead of permitting their children to speak their ‘’own’’ languages with a twang accent.
He has called on parents to not take part in tendencies to extinct the native languages.

“It is more painful to hear our children despising our own African languages. The Truth is that our languages are facing a real possibility of extinctions; very soon if we don’t act swiftly, we will have no young people speaking Tshivenda, Xitsonga or Sepedi.