Celebrating Heritage Month South Africa

Heritage Month is celebrated annually in September.

Heritage Month in September and Heritage Day on 24 September in particular is celebrated annually to mark our nation’s diverse culture and heritage. This year the celebrations will take place virtually due to the devastating COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2021 theme for Heritage Month is “Celebrating South Africa’s living human treasures”. The question of living human treasures is very relevant since it is acknowledged that most of what still needs to be excavated, coded and stored is available from the many living archives. The pandemic has exposed many realities in our country such as poverty, inequality, unemployment and gender-based violence (GBV). During Heritage Month we will work to create awareness around GBV, and how we can fight it by inculcating positive societal values.

Government calls on all South Africans to use Heritage Month to foster greater social cohesion, nation building and a shared national identity.

The celebration of Heritage Month has created a conducive environment for all people to embrace and celebrate what was inherited or bequeathed to us by our forebears.

We call on all South Africans to support the culture of reading and incorporate it into their daily lifestyles.

It is important to encourage your children to visit a library and start reading at an early age so that they grow up with the passion for reading as this develop a broader vocabulary and increased general knowledge.

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