Thank you for joining us on this important occasion to celebrate the National Heritage Day and the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of Mdantsane Township.This year we celebrate Heritage Day under the theme—“Reclaiming, Restoring and Celebrating Our Living Heritage”.
As we conclude another important milestone in the calendar of our country that of celebrating the women’s month, we begin the month of September to celebrate our cultural heritage.
We gather on this day every year to celebrate the heroism of women who marched to the Union Buildings on 9 August 1956.The year 2013 is special as we are marking 100 years of women’s struggles for liberation from all forms of oppression in this country, under the theme; “A Centenary of Working Together towards Sustainable Women Empowerment and Gender Equality”
From today until the end of the month, the government and the people of South Africa will be commemorating Women’s Month under the theme: “A centenary of working together towards sustainable women empowerment and gender equality”
It is a great pleasure to welcome you to the inaugural Can Themba Memorial Lecture. This is a very important milestone in pursuit of our mandate of recognizing and celebrating individuals who have made exceptional contributions in the development of the South African arts, culture and heritage sectors.
I must say right from the outset that I am pretty humbled by the confluence if not the conspiracy of coincidence that have conjured the possibility that we should launch this historic public private partnership in Polokwane - a land of myths and legends; the land of breathtaking scenery and landscape; a land of rich African cultures and ancient civilisations; and of course home to the mopani worm, the exquisite cycad and the majestic baobab tree.