The National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) will be leading and participating in several heritage celebration programmes with various stakeholders and communities in the month of September 2018.
In line with government’s programme to celebrate the centenary year of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu, the 2018 Heritage Month will be celebrated under the theme “The Year of Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela: Advancing Transformation of South Africa’s Heritage Landscape”.
The celebrations entail a month-long programme of activities aimed at addressing issues of transformation, promotion and preservation of South Africa’s rich and diverse heritage, national identity, nation building and social cohesion in various communities and localities across the length and breadth of the country, both in rural and urban areas.
The NHC kick-started its programme with a celebration at the historic Lesseyton Methodist Church in Queenstown on 1 September to welcome #HeritageMonth. The church held a night Virgil to harmonise and unify its community through celebrating its heritage. Adv. Sonwabile Mancotywa (middle) and the Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Thabang Makwetla (right) addressed the event.
Other key events in this heritage month include the Golden Shield Heritage Awards which showcase and celebrate individuals and organisations who excel in various categories of heritage work. The awards will be held in partnership with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and the Sol Plaatje Municipality in Kimberly on the 14th September 2018.
Speaking about this year’s heritage celebrations, the NHC CEO, Adv Sonwabile Mancotywa said “September is a month where we celebrate and embrace our rich heritage and culture as a nation with diversity for unity and nation building.”
He further said “let us continue to protect and promote our heritage by embracing it every day, so that heritage and culture are not only taken seriously only during Heritage Month. Let us make heritage part of us, so that we are there is social cohesion and unity amongst us as a nation.”
The CEO of the NHC will be available for interviews to further expand on this year’s theme and programme for the Heritage Month.