Minister Nathi Mthethwa to activate Africa Month At The Women’s Living Heritage Monument, Pretoria

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03 May 2019

The month of May marks Africa month - a moment for the continent to pause, reflect, commemorate and celebrate our Africanness, and to promote the African Agenda that embraces peace and stability, democracy, non-racial, non-sexist, unity and prosperity. The Month of May has been declared Africa Month, to celebrate the founding of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963, it was on this date that  25 May was declared Africa Day as a symbol of unity amongst all Africans.

The month of May has also been dedicated to building a caring nation in pursuit of promoting a lasting peace and prosperity in the country and the rest of the continent.

Minister Nathi Mthethwa will activate the 2019 Africa month celebrations under the theme, “Celebrating 25 years of Democracy: Building a Better Africa and a Better World”, on 4 May at the Women’s Living Heritage Monument in Pretoria following the successful celebration of the Africa Carnival & Festival held on 1 May 2019 in Durban which kick started the Africa month programme.

Africa Month recognises aspects of African culture, which are both tangible and intangible: creative expression such as music and performances, our historical inheritance, architecture, language, food, practices and culture. Various events will be staged throughout the country to commemorate this month. The Department will contribute to Africa month celebrations through a variety of cultural activities.

“In this journey towards African self-renewal, I also wish to remind us of the brilliant thoughts and speeches of a pioneer, Pixley ka Seme who already in 1906, called for the “regeneration of Africa”. The time has come for Africa’s renewal to be taken to a higher level”, stated Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Members of the Media are all invited to join this activation scheduled to take place as follows:

Date: Saturday, 04 May 2019

Time: 10h00

Venue: Women’s Living Heritage Monument, Pretoria


Cultural music and performances will form part of the activation.

Media RSVPs: Petunia Lessing, cell 066 301 4645 / email:

Media Enquires: Asanda Magaqa, cell: 082 572 3232 /


Issued by the National Department of Arts and Culture