We meet here this evening as part of the initial stages of a month-long programme focusing on Africa for the month of May.
We gather here tonight to launch the Africa Month Cultural Festival Program. We gather here at this special and sacred Freedom Park heritage and memorial site. It is one of those rare cultural sites in this country and continent. It stands as a testament to African history, heritage and struggle.
The year 2015 has been declared the 'Year of the Freedom Charter' celebrating it's 60th anniversary. One of the key clauses of the Freedom Charter states 'All shall enjoy equal human rights'.
What Has Been Done? We have gathered here today, from all corners of our country in order to answer one question: how much progress have we made in nation building and social cohesion?
We are gathered today not to bury an artist but to witness the beginning of an important journey where the cultural and creative sector will take its fate and future into its own hands. This is a significant development worth celebrating.
No one knew better the struggle for equal human rights for all than this leader of our people. Human Rights 2015 is commemorated under the theme, “Celebrating the Freedom Charter, Enjoying Equal Human Rights for All.”
The occasion to celebrate the lives of the South African liberation struggle stalwarts, Malume Kotane and Uncle J.B Marks, offers us an opportunity to reflect on the common histories shared by the peoples of Russia and South Africa.
In his State of the Nation Address,President Zuma stated that “From this year, schools must also practice the African Union anthem, in preparation for the celebration of Africa Month in May, as we implement the African Union decision in this regard”.
It is indeed a great honour and a privilege for me to stand here before you today. The occasion to celebrate the lives of the South African liberation struggle stalwarts, Moses Kotane and John Beaver (J.B.) Marks, offers us an opportunity to reflect on the common histories shared by the peoples of Russia and South Africa.
As we grow into a mature democracy that turns 21 in April this year, the memory and legacy of our stalwarts, Moses Kotane and JB Marks remain pivotal to telling our own stories and celebrating our heroes.