22 Jun Solomon Mahlangu Memorial Lecture keynote Address by Adv S Mancotywa
Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa, CEO National Heritage Council
Presented at the Solomon Mahlangu Memorial Lecture, Nkonkobe Municipality
Fort Beaufort Town Hall, 23 June 2015
Programme Director, Honoured Guests, Ladies and Gentlemen, Comrades and Friends, on behalf of the National Heritage Council (NHC), I would like to thank you for the invitation to deliver this very important Solomon Mahlangu Memorial lecture during Youth Month.
In the time available, I intend to briefly share with you the mandate of the NHC and its role in terms of heritage and social cohesion; discuss Solomon Mahlangu and his place in South African history; then conclude with remarks on what this icon means for us today – especially for the youth of today.
The National Heritage Council is a public entity responsible for preservation of the country’s heritage. Since our establishment in 2004, we have managed to place heritage as a priority for nation building and national identity. The important areas that the NHC focuses on are:
- Policy development for the sector to meet its transformation goals.
- Public awareness and education.
- Knowledge production in heritage subjects that were previously neglected,
- Making funding available to projects that place heritage as a socio-economic resource.
Overall, the NHC plays an important advocacy and coordinating role on heritage matters in SA. As the NHC we pride ourselves on being at the forefront of promoting social cohesion and nation building in South Africa. We strongly believe that arts, culture and heritage can be the glue that binds society together. When it comes to issues of heritage, the youth have a very special role to play.
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