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NC govt to unveil monument

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The monuments will be erected to commemorate Heritage Day

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THE NORTHERN Cape provincial government is set to commemorate Heritage Day by unveiling a monument in honour of Kgosi Galeshewe, Kgosi Luka Jantjie and Kgosi Toto in Kuruman this week.

The monument will be erected at Kuruman’s tourism attraction site, the First Eye in the John Taolo Gaetsewe District.

It will be commemorated under the theme: “The Year of OR Tambo: Celebrating Our Liberation Heritage and Democracy”.

Premier Sylvia Lucas is scheduled to address the event.

The unveiling of the monument was yesterday preceded by cleansing of the Langeberg Rebellion. The cleansing ceremony took place at Magwagwe Village in Kuruman.

The Department of Sports, Arts and Culture will also showcase an exhibition on the 120th anniversary of the Langeberg Rebellion of 1896/7 at the Batlharos Tribal Office.

According to department spokesperson, Conrad Fortune, the Langeberg Rebellion of Resistance, also known as Ntwa ya Bana ba Mokgothu, is one of several important African uprisings that occurred in the southern subcontinent during the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

“During the month South Africans are encouraged to come together to share, celebrate and showcase their cultural heritage. Government will use National Heritage Month and the promotion of cultural institutions as a vehicle for nation building, social cohesion, national reconciliation, moral regeneration and economic and social development,” Fortune said.

“It is also a platform for communities to showcase different aspects of South Africa’s diverse heritage. South Africans are encouraged to take pride in the country’s cultural institutions and play an active role in affirming, promoting and preserving it.”