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HERITAGE CELEBRATION IN THE 20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY

In the midst of 20 years of democracy, the NHC officially celebrated its 10th anniversary on 08 April. The long-awaited Heritage Transformation Charter was handed over to the Arts and Culture Ministry at the Ditsong Cultural History Museum as part of the anniversary milestones.   Heritage activists witnessed the acceptance of the Heritage Transformation Charter […]

David Stuurman’s return postponed

The plan to repatriate the human remains of David Stuurman from Sydney in Australia was anticipated to be realised during the month of April when South Africa launched celebrations of its twenty years of democracy on the 27th April 2014. The National Heritage Council (NHC) which was facilitating the repatriation, convened a meeting with the […]

Sobukwe and Mahlangu honoured by UNISA

The University of South Africa (UNISA) renamed its landmark buildings in Pretoria after two struggle icons, during the Freedom month–April, to mark 20 years of democracy. The Vista Building will be named after Robert Sobukwe and the Vudec Building after Solomon Mahlangu. Sobukwe, the first President of the PAC and Mahlangu an MK Freedom fighter […]

International Monuments and Sites Day – 18 April

The world celebrated International Monuments and Sites Day on 18 April 2014 under the theme “Heritage of Commemoration”. The latest addition to the international monuments in South Africa is the towering statue of President Nelson Mandela at the historic Union Buildings in the capital city Pretoria. This day, which is now celebrated the world over, was traditionally known […]

1985 LANGA MASSACRE MEMORIAL LECTURE – HUMAN RIGHTS DAY

On 18 March, Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa CEO of the NHC gave an address at the Langa Massacre memorial lecture at Uitenhage, Eastern Cape. The fallen heroes and heroines who were killed on 21 March 1985 at Maduna Road, in KwaLanga, Uitenhage, where paid tribute to on the day. Not much is known about this historic incident that […]

Human Right’s Day celebrations in the 20 years of freedom

APHO SISUKA KHONA – 20 YEARS OF DEMOCRACY AND THE 1985 LANGA MASSACRE: WHAT DO THESE MEAN FOR US TODAY?   Memorial Lecture by Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa CEO, National Heritage Council 18 March 2014 Nelson Mandela Bay Metropolitan Municipality   1. Introduction Progamme Director, Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Comrades and Friends, I wish to […]

Freedom fighter – Fanele Mbali launches a book

‘In-Transit Autobiography of a South African Freedom Fighter’ was launched on March 26 in Mthata where the CEO of the NHC, Advocate Mancotywa gave an address. “Today South Africa is a new society built on a foundation of freedom and democracy. This was fought for by heroes like Fanele Mbali who selflessly gave their lives […]

Elliot Four Monument launch

On April 11th, the Elliot Four memorial will be unveiled by President Jacob Zuma with the families of the victims at Elliot in the Eastern Cape from 10h00. This honour is incorporated by the National Heritage Council as part of the Liberation Heritage Route initiative which traces and recognises the historical events, places and people […]