Let’s embrace our heritage – Heritage Month 2018

Let’s Embrace our Heritage

The month of September also marked as the annual Heritage month, is a start of a new cycle as evident in nature, the environment starts to be green and blossom after the Winter season. This year’s Heritage month is themed: The year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: Advancing transformation of South Africa’s heritage landscape.

The organisation’s events and activities during this Heritage month will be in line with the theme where Heritage will be instilled, reclaimed, protected and preserved for a nation proud of its identity.

See the events calendar during this Heritage month:






1 Sep, 18h00 – 06h00  

Mission Stations Heritage Celebration
In partnership with the Queenstown & Lesseyton Circuit 302 the NHC will host the Lesseyton Methodist Seminary (1883 – 1916) Alumni Commemoration Service and Revitalisation of its rich cultural Heritage for all South Africans.

Queenstown, Eastern Cape

11 Sep, 09h00

Awarding Funding to Community Heritage Projects
Recipients from all provinces will officially receive their grants from the NHC for their heritage projects. The NHC assist community heritage initiatives with funding, annually, to implement projects ranging from heritage education, research, documentaries, publication and community celebrations.

Freedom Park, Salvokop

20 Sep, 10h00

Official declaration of The Great Place in Mqhekezweni
This site has been recently declared as a national heritage site for its significance in the heritage landscape. It is the first royal place to be declared a heritage site that is associated with the Resistance & Liberation Heritage of South Africa. It is a place where Nelson Mandela spent the longest part of his life as a free person.

MqhekezweniGreat Place, Mthatha, Eastern Cape

14 Sep, 18h00

Golden Shield Heritage Awards
In these annual Heritage Awards, the National Heritage  Council recognises institutions, projets and persons who are champions of heritage. They are honoured and rewarded for their work that reflect best practices in protecting, promoting, preserving, conserving and interpreting such heritage for awareness and educational purposes.

Kimberly, Northern Cape


African New Year celebration
The Afrikan New Year’s Day launch based on the Kemet Calendar will be launched in partnership with Zindzi Mandela Foundation and Freedom Park.
The launch of the Afrikan Calendar emanates from research work done by the Zindzi Mandela Foundation with heritage practitioners and historians who reached a conclusion on a date that is supposed to be celebrated as the “Afrikan New Year’s Day”, the 23rd of September. This month is also celebrated as the National Heritage month and the 24th day marks the National Heritage Day for the people of South Africa.

Freedom Park
Salvokop, Pretoria


National Heritage Day Celebrations The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa hosts the celebration under the theme of “The year of Rolihlahla Nelson Mandela: advancing transformation of South Africa’s Heritage landscape”.

Kokstad, KwaZulu Natal

29 – 30 Sep

South African Traditional Music Achievement Awards (SATMA). The annual SATMA will again recognises traditional musicians, DJs, poets, comedians and journalists whose works promote cultural pride.

Mahikeng, North-West Province

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