The National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC), an entity of the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, will commemorate World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture through a virtual public dialogue on Friday, 22 January 2021. The focus of the dialogue will be “Food as a tool for social cohesion: Fire side conversations in communities”.

The virtual public dialogue will be live-streamed through the NHC’s social media platforms – Facebook, YouTube and Microsoft Teams.

In 2019, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) proclaimed 24 January as the World Day of African and Afro-Descendant Culture. The day aims to annually celebrate the cultures of the African Continent and African Diaspora around the world. It also coincides with the adoption of the Charter for African Cultural Renaissance in 2006 by the Heads of State and Government of the African Union.

Ms. Louisa Mabe, the Acting CEO of the National Heritage Council will facilitate the dialogue with a panel including speakers from around the African continent:


  • Ms Elizabeth Nasubo (Kenya)
  • Dr  Biggie Samwanda (Zimbabwe)



Date: Friday, 22 January 2021

The event will be live-streamed on the following platforms: Microsoft Teams (allows for direct participation); Facebook and YouTube channels of the National Heritage Council

Microsoft Teams link to Join on your computer or mobile app

Click here to join the meeting

Time: 10h00 – 12h00


For Enquiries and Media Interviews or additional information, please contact:

Ms Linda Shilakwe

(012) 748 3949/ 082 6577 064/




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