Media release

South Africans called to assert their African Identity and promote their diverse culture for Heritage Day

23 September 2016

23 September 2016

As tomorrow marks ‘Heritage Day, government calls on all citizens to promote their African Identity by dressing up in their traditional outfits, to share knowledge of cultures and learn a new African Language as part of celebrating our living heritage.

This year, celebrations will be hosted at Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley, Northern Cape, under the theme “Celebrating our Human Treasures by Asserting our African Identity”.
Communities are encouraged to observe Heritage Day As an opportunity to take pride in their unique rich culture and celebrate an African identity in its entirety.

“Heritage Day is not only a day for South Africans to gather for braai or parties, but it is a significant occasion to showcase our great diversity and celebrate our uniqueness” said the Acting DG of GCIS, Mr Donald Liphoko.

The programme of the National Heritage Day Celebration will include a keynote address by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa as well as a diverse cultural programme embracing different cultures through music, poetry and dance. A cultural exhibition showcasing various tantalizing indigenous foods will also be on offer. 

As part of Heritage Day celebrations, the Department of Sport and Recreation is hosting the 2016 National Indigenous Games Festival from the 24 - 28 September 2016 at Seshego Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo. Teams from all nine provinces are expected to participate in the Games, a family occasion which promises a vibrant carnival atmosphere.
Support the #LivingMyHeritage campaign by adding a profile pic wearing your traditional attire

Media accreditation for Heritage Day event
Members of the media who applied for accreditation to cover the National Heritage Day taking place in Kimberley are advised to collect their accreditation cards at Mayibuye Multipurpose Centre, Hulana Street, and Galeshewe. Times are as follows:-
•    23 September 2016 from 09h00 to 19h00
•    24 September 2016 from 07h00 to 11h00

NB: All media will be required to bring ID Book and Press Card or letter from the editor when collecting accreditation card. For accreditation enquiries, contact James Mathibeng, 078 802 8851/ Morapedi Sekhoane 078 944 0200.

Donald Liphoko
Cell: 082 901 0766
Issued by Government Communications and Information Systems

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