We are Happy to Announce the launching of our website during Heritage month. Read about Heritage Month and why it is important to all South Africans…
“Heritage Month is celebrated annually from 1 to 30 September .
Heritage Month recognises aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and intangible: creative expression such as music and performances, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the popular memory.
This year’s theme is: “Our indigenous knowledge, our heritage: Towards the identification, promotion and preservation of South Africa’s living heritage”, and the main Heritage Day celebrations will be held in Vleifontein, Makhado in Limpopo. The event will be a cultural fair that will showcase and promote South Africa’s heritage such as indigenous foods, craft, dance, music, instruments and objects.
Key activities for the month include the launch of the National Book Week on 3 September 2015 at Parktown in Johannesburg; the unveiling of the Matola Raid Memorial and the Interpretative Centre in Maputo, Mozambique on 11 September as well as the unveiling of the sculpture of Chief Bhambatha on 22 September in Greytown, KwaZulu-Natal.
Various heritage sites and infrastructures in South Africa are named after the liberation struggle icons, e.g.:
The Sol Plaatjie Municipality in the Northern Cape
The Nelson Mandela Museum in the Eastern Cape
Luthuli House in Gauteng
Shaka Zulu Airport in KwaZulu-Natal
Tshwane Municipality in Gauteng
Steve Biko Memorial in the Eastern Cape.
South Africa is also home to eight of the 981 World Heritage Sites which are recognised by the United Nations Educational and Scientific Organisation as places of outstanding cultural and historical importance.
These sites are:
Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape in Limpopo
Robben Island in the Western Cape
Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng
the Cape Floral Region in both the Western and Eastern Cape
Vredefort Dome in the Free State
uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
Isimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu- Natal
Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape in the Northern Cape.
The sites offer a diversity and abundance of cultural and natural values that encapsulate the value systems of the country.”
~ excerpt from gov.za/heritage-month-2015