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NC gears up for heritage celebrations

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Deputy president David Mabuza is expected to lead Heritage Month commemoration in Upington on September 24.

Deputy President David Mabuza. File photo: ANA/Motshwari Mofokeng

DEPUTY president David Mabuza is expected to lead Heritage Month commemoration in Upington on September 24.

He will hand over a newly built library to the community before addressing the main celebrations where there will be a diverse cultural performance showcasing the heritage of South Africans.

Government services will also be provided on site prior and post the formal event at the Mxolisi Dicky Jacobs Stadium in Upington, where the national Heritage Day celebrations will take place.

The commemoration will celebrate literary classics written in indigenous languages.

The spokesperson for the national Department of Arts and Culture, Zimasa Velaphi, said various activities were being held in preparation for the event.

“During Heritage Month, we celebrate, honour, and pay special tribute to the authors of South African literary classics and our indigenous languages. All South Africans should join forces to celebrate, preserve and promote our languages,” said Velaphi.

She added that Heritage Month presented an opportunity to showcase the richness of African languages.

“This month should remind us as South Africans to celebrate our languages, our national identity and our unity in diversity. It is through multilingualism that we can truly aspire to achieve social cohesion.”

Velaphi said that national, provincial and local libraries were hosting exhibitions of indigenous language authors.

“All pupils and members of communities must join their local libraries, celebrate South African writing, and form book clubs to encourage a culture of reading and sharing of ideas.

“The Department of Arts and Culture encourages artists and authors to take part in readings during this month and beyond. It also encourages all South Africans to buy a book and to read a book during this month and beyond, to celebrate literature and the wisdom contained in our languages and to tell the South African story in all our languages.”

Velaphi also encouraged South Africans to buy books written by local authors.

“Each one of us should make a culture of reading, writing and the buying of local books our business. Government encourages the acknowledgement and recognition of South African living literary legends and all those authors who have written classics in indigenous languages.”

She stated that an indigenous games festival would be held in Polokwane from September 22 to 27.

“A Heritage Month dialogue will take place on September 23 in Upington at 6pm,” she added.

Velaphi said International Translation Day would be celebrated on September 30.