South Africa celebrates Nelson Mandela’s legacy through Sport and Culture

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10 Nov 2014

The Department of Arts and Culture in partnership with the Department of Sports and Recreation South Africa will host the Nelson Mandela Sport and Culture Day on Saturday, 22 November 2014. On this day, the nation will converge at the south lawns of the Union Buildings in Pretoria to celebrate the life, values and legacy of South Africa’s first democratically elected President, the late Tata Nelson Mandela.

The Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day, aptly named The UNITE 2.0 Campaign: One Man, One Nation, One Celebration is aimed at mobilizing the society to emulate President Mandela’s unwavering commitment to justice, equality, non-racialism, social cohesion, nation building, selflessness and service to humanity. The day also serves to demonstrate the unique power of sport and culture to UNITE the nation.

In his statement during the launch of the event, Arts and Culture Minister, Mr. Nathi Mthethwa hailed the campaign as a perfect platform that brings both arts and sports people together. “More than just an event, the Nelson Mandela Sports and Culture Day expresses South Africa’s diverse cultural, artistic and linguistic heritage. It will serve to promote patriotism, nation building and social cohesion.”

"The campaign serves as a lead event in the relay to Reconciliation Day Celebrations and provide continual recognition of the international Nelson Mandela Day”, said Minister Mthethwa.

Leading up to the event, both Departments will host a National Colloquium on Tuesday, 18 November 2014 at UNISA. The Colloquium seeks to initiate a dialogue among youth on nation building and social cohesion.

On 22 November 2014, the nation will witness an exhilarating music extravaganza consisting of 67 performances (musicians, poets, comedians, dancers and drummers), 27 Creatives (crafters, designers, technical trainees, and visual artists) and 5 young filmmakers. The numbers 67, 27 and 5 symbolise Mandela’s number of years of service to humanity, number of years in prison and number of years as President of South Africa respectively.

The exciting line-up of artists will include amongst others, Zakes Bantwini, Kurt Darren, the Parlotones, the Mahotella Queens, Sibongile Khumalo, Ladysmith Black Mambazo, Sfiso Ncwane, Naima Mclean, Phuzekhemisi, AKA, Beatenberg, Desmond and the Tutus, Zahara, Karen Zoid, Lira, Zandile Mzazi, Mzwake Mbuli, Gcina Mhlophe, Botlhale, Kryptonite and  Di Tswina Tsa Ngwato.

The concert starts at 12:00 until 19:00 and admission is free of charge.

Enquiries     : Teresa Magidela 0 72 222 3169 email: TeresaM@dac.gov.za