Heritage Day: A call for inclusion and diversity amongst all South Africans

On September 24, Heritage Day, we honour and celebrate the cultural riches of our country.

Celebrating a distorted notion of unity in diversity during South Africa’s heritage month – Mail & Guardian (for subscribers) 

Mpumelelo Ncube writes about the cultural celebration of Heritage Day for the Mail & Guardian. However, Ncube believes the country is celebrating our diversity through its origins and cultures, but we are being detached from it. The price for this celebration is that we are losing what has made us a multi-cultural and diverse nation.

Heritage month: Diverse people can be united – The Citizen 

Lunga Simelane argues that the South African society is diverse in terms of languages, cultures, religions, tribes, politics, and nations, among others. However, in order to achieve unity, we require clarity of thought and extensive tolerance for one another’s differences. These are the prerequisites for achieving unity in diversity.

Heritage day: A reminder of the communal promise to work towards an equality for all country – Mail & Guardian (for subscribers) 

On Heritage Day and beyond, South Africans should try to deal with the complexity of our transformation journey. This will help us keep our community promises to create a society where everyone has dignity, freedom, justice, and equality. This should be the “heritage” we pass onto the future generation. 

Calls for society to use Heritage Month to learn more about their cultures – SABC

Siyambonga Matanzima, king of the Abathembu baseRhode in the Eastern Cape, urges South Africans to utilise Heritage Month to learn more about their customs and traditions. He thinks this will aid the country’s battle against societal ills such as gender-based violence.

Image credit: Flickr 

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