Official Statement by SA Government on Heritage Day 2018

Heritage Day on 24 September recognise and celebrates the cultural wealth of our nation. South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day.

South Africa celebrates Heritage Day under the theme: “The Year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Advancing transformation of South Africa’s heritage landscape.”

South Africans are encouraged to visit these institutions to contribute to their sustainability and relevance in addressing societal problems. Citizens are also encouraged to participate in community dialogues which will be held at these heritage institutions.

Communities are encouraged to safeguard and protect our cultural heritage and institutions for future generations.

We must work to ensure that our diverse cultures and heritage reflect all our identities without any distortions.

South Africans should take pride by living in a country with the following eight declared World Heritage sites:

Fossil Hominid Sites of South Africa

  • iSimangaliso Wetland Park
  • Robben Island
  • Maluti-Drakensberg Park
  • Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape
  • Cape Floral Region Protected Areas
  • Vredefort Dome
  • Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape
  • Khomani Cultural Landscape

These sites are of great significance to all South Africans and should be preserved for the future generations.

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(Source: GOV.ZA)

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