September is observed as the Heritage month where all South Africans are encouraged to celebrate their cultural traditions. The aim of celebrating this month is to ensure that heritage landscapes of all cultural groups is not suppressed, threatened but celebrated.
Midlands Region officials dressed in their stunning cultural outfits celebrated the National Heritage Day on 28 September 2017. Mr Gcina Hadebe, the Regional Director remarked on the significance of respecting one another’s culture. He was addressing the officials during the Heritage day proceedings, “We need to all respect each other; regardless of our cultural beliefs”. He said.
Mr. Hadebe further encouraged the officials to ensure that they serve the community with respect. “We need to ensure that we serve the community with respect by giving them the assistance they need”. He then thanked the organizers of the event for their hard work in ensuring that the event is a success.
Mr Dan Phoseka, who was the event Programme Director, delivered a brief background about King Cetshwayo. The day was full of fun and joy as people performed different activities. Ms Buhle Maphumulo, an Intern with Immoveable Assets section at the region recited a touching poem called ‘NgingumAfrika’. Officials also demonstrated their amazing aptitudes by performing the Zulu cultural dances.
Mr Thabo Letompa, uThukela District Director, was dressed in his Sotho outfit. He enthusiastically entertained the officials and guests by performing a traditional Sotho tribal dance. This special day revealed all hidden and or unknown talents as the officials were thrilled and moved to celebrate their cultural heritage.
Towards the end of the celebration, the Deputy Director for Immoveable Assets Management, Mr. PEM Shozi, conveyed a thanks giving message to all officials for making the day a success.
Heritage Day is important in our country as it recognizes different aspects of our culture and it encourages South Africans to celebrate their cultural heritage, the diversity of their beliefs and different traditions.