Minister Mthethwa to present a continental position on Sites Associated with Memory of Recent Conflicts in Africa, at the UNESCO 44th World Heritage Session hosted by China

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24 Jul 2021

Today Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, will attend the Extended 44th Session of the World Heritage Committee which is organised from Fuzhou (China) as an online meeting.

Minister Mthethwa – supported by other African countries - is expected to make an intervention that intends to ensure that African nations that have been on the receiving end of atrocities and oppression under colonial rule change the global narrative and improve education about their heritage sites. This will be realized through inscription of such sites based on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

For example, the Battle of Cuito Cuanavale represents for South Africa, Namibia and Angola one of the key turning points in the liberation struggle. Whilst this is so, western countries and the apartheid South African government of that time did not accept that they were defeated during this battle.

The Word Heritage Committee is constituted by the following 21 members: Australia, Bahrain, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Hungary, Kyrgyzstan, Mali, Nigeria, Norway, Oman, Russian Federation, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Thailand and Uganda.

Members of the media are invited to the 44th World Heritage Committee Session taking place virtually. Visit www.unesco.org to watch the proceedings.

The details of the session are as follows:

Date: 24 July 2021

Time: 10am-14h00 (CAT)

Venue: Virtual

Media Enquiries:

Masechaba Khumalo: Spokesperson (Minister)

Phone: 082 858 4415

Email: MasechabaK@dsac.gov.za

Issued by the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture