The 2019 National Heritage Day celebration will take place in the Northern Cape, in the Siyanda District Municipality, in Upington. The choice of the District has a historical and heritage significance since this year has been declared “the International Year of Indigenous Languages” by the United Nations.
It is an honour to be here to commemorate National Women’s Day in the birthplace of one of our greatest heroes, Isithwalandwe Seaparankoe Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati. Mama Ruth was a stalwart of the liberation movement, a freedom fighter and a committed gender activist.
Within two days we mark the birthday of President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, an icon of our liberation and a world renowned statesman. I am reminded by his insightful words when he observed that: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.”
We extend our warmest greetings to all of you here present, on this year where we celebrate 25 years of democracy. Our artists continue to make us proud especially across our national borders.
We are gathered here to celebrate the day we won our freedom. We are gathered here in the Eastern Cape – in the land of heroes and legends – to recall the battles that were fought, the setbacks that were suffered and the great victories achieved along our march to democracy.
As of Friday, the 12th of April 2019, Cyclone Idai had cut a deadly swathe through Malawi, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe, and the World Bank currently estimates the damage and repair thereof at these three countries at a cost of TWO BILLION US DOLLARS. This estimate is for recovery costs for the infrastructure and livelihood impacts.
I extend my warmest greetings to all of you present in this summit. We have gathered here for the next two days to answer the fundamental question of what will be the contribution of the Creative and Cultural industry, particularly the film sector in developing the South African Story and thus contributing to the efforts of Nation building and Social Cohesion.
Let me take this opportunity to thank and acknowledge my counterparts from the various BRICS Countries responsible for culture for making time amid competing and pressing issues in their countries to attend and take part in the 3rd BRICS Culture meeting here in South Africa.
Fellow Africans, I extend my warmest greetings to all of you. I stand before you today to do just one important assignment, to outline the South Africa Cultural Season programme as part of Department’s Africa Cultural Seasons Programme.
I have the honour to address this august body, the United Nations General Assembly for the first time as President of the Republic of South Africa.