This year’s Heritage Month, the National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) together with the Northern Cape Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and the Sol Plaatje Municipality will be hosting the Golden Shield Heritage Awards 2017 (GOSHA) for two consecutive years in Kimberley, Mittah Seperepere Convention Centre on 15 September. As part of the build-up events to the Awards, on Tuesday, 12 September an Imbizo will gather the Platfontein community in !Xunkhwesa Combined School followed by a 4 km Cultural Parade on Wednesday, 13 September in Kimberley from the Harry Oppenheimer Gardens with stops to sites that are significant to the Northern Cape’s liberation heritage.
The build-up events towards Heritage Day on 24 September will be hosted under the Heritage month’s overall theme: The year of OR Tambo: Celebrating our Liberation Heritage.
‘Importance of promoting & preserving Heritage, culture and arts towards social cohesion’ will be the topic for a Heritage Imbizo/Lekgotla which will be hosted 15 km outside of Kimberly in Platfontein on 12 September. In an effort to promote social cohesion among community members, the ! Xu and ! Xhwe, the imbizo will seek to fostering the importance of each cultural groups heritage and mutual respect and learnings from each other.
On Wednesday, 13 September the Northern Cape communities are invited to take part in an educational and entertaining Cultural Parade that will comprise of a 4 km walk that will resume at the Harry Oppenheimer Gardens with stops at sites that have a significant value to the Northern Cape’s liberation heritage, back to the Harry Oppenheimer Garens. As part of the entertainment, there will be theatrical dance, Brass Steel bans, Traditional Dance, Drum majorettes and some Marimba band from the following performers; Amandla Danca Teatro ZA; Hands ON; Bailombo !Xun Dance Group; Nakawana Khwe Dance Group; Letshego Primary School; St Cyprians School.
“September is a month where we celebrate and embrace our rich heritage and culture as a nation with diversity for unity and nation building. It’s important for the department to empower our communities through the arts and rich heritage of our province, said Adv. Sonwabile Mancotywa, CEO of the NHC.
The Heritage month’s activities will be finalised with the annual Golden Shield Heritage Awards 2017 where the ‘Champions of heritage’ contributing to the protection, preservation and promotion of the country’s heritage will be honoured for their immense contribution.
The Awards will be hosted under the theme ““Celebrating Cultural & Heritage Champions in the 100 years of Oliver Tambo”. Categories for this year’s awards are as follows: National Living Treasure; Local Government Commitment; Preferred Heritage Destination; Young Heritage Activist; Academic Excellence; Voice of Heritage; Heritage Corporate Citizen; Liberation Heritage Steward; Heritage Education; and Heritage award recognizing people with disabilities.
Mancotywa concluded “let us continue to protect and promote our heritage by embracing it everyday, so that Heritage and Culture are not only taken seriously only during Heritage Month. Let us make heritage part of us, so that we are there is social cohesion and unity amongst us as a nation.”
Issued by: National Heritage Council (NHC) in conjunction with the Northern Cape Department of Sport, Arts and Culture and Sol Plaatje Municipality
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