Recognising champions of heritage

Promoting our values, norms and traditions practiced by African people, is quite important to us as the National Heritage Council of South Africa. We endeavour to preserve and promote our rich, cultural and diverse heritage. We cannot achieve the goal all by ourselves for this colossal responsibility. It is through the annual Golden Shield Heritage Awards (GOSHA), where gratitude is shown to organisations and peoplewho take pride and contribute selflessly in the preservation, interpretation and promotion of South Africa’s diversely rich cultural heritage.

On the 25th of this year’s Human rights’ month, the NHC in partnership with the Limpopo Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC), hosted the 8th annual Golden Shield Heritage Awards at Meropa Casino in Polokwane. Over 200 guests attended the ceremony, including finalists of the awards, dignitaries from local department of Sport, Arts & Culture, local municipalities and South Africa’s heritage activists. 

Winners in the 7 categories that were nominated by the public, were presented with their awards, certificates and cheques to the value of R20, 000 cash with each runner up receiving R10,000. 

“Congratulations to this year’s winners. Continue doing the great work in our communities, to preserve our heritage for the future generations. It makes me proud to see a variety of generations being recognised at these awards, especially the youth. It comforts me that our generation is in safe hands and will continue to live on”, says Dr LNdivhoniswani Lukhwareni, Chief Executive of the NHC.

The Ubuntu Award went to  the World renowned, Peter Gabriel who was recognised with the Ubuntu Honour for his initiative of the World of Music, Arts and Dance (WOMAD) movement founded in 1982 to drive job creation and cultural tourism whilst featuring unique and high-quality performances in iconic venues. The movement promotes equality and dignity to all humanity through fundraising. Most importantly, this movement staged the first concert that started the Release Mandela Campaign.

Gabriel was part of The Elders which was launched by Nelson Mandela in 2007.  In recognition of his many years of human rights activism, he received the Man of Peace award from the Nobel Peace Prize laureates in 2006, and Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. 

Peter Gabriel will be presented with his Ubuntu honour award in October 2022, further details will be shared on NHC’s social media pages.

“I’m become very emotional when I have to think about the great work that the NHC is doing in making South Africa appreciate and embrace our cultures, our languages, our heritage, so that one day we can be the Japans, Chinas of this world where when you step on that earth, you are believing and hearing their heritage!” said the 2022 Heritage Education winner, Ms Ntokozo Mbuli.

Winners of the 2022 Golden Shield Heritage Awards

WINNERS 

SUMMARY OF WORK IN HERITAGE

National Living Treasure 

 

Dr. Mashudu Rubson Dima

Province: Limpopo

The 81 year-old Dr Mashudu Rubson Dima is a traditional healer and founder of a non-profit and community-based organization called AFYEMD. He works with schools, youth in communities, academic researchers on aspects of indigenous knowledge, culture, and cultural biodiversity. Dr Dima advocates for the value of indigenous knowledge systems, the significance of preserving nature as well as aspects of indigenous healing and medicinal plants. Through his programmes, he has created space of intergenerational learning and dialogue. He has contributed to decolonizing community health care services regarding the traditional way of managing diseases and cultural practices which might have an impact on the management of diseases such as HIV and Aids. He has been practicing as an indigenous healer for 60 years. Dr Dima has worked with different Universities at international and local levels on Indigenous Knowledge Systems, with social workers in Vhembe district as well as different government departments.

Preferred Heritage Destination

Cape Muslim & Slave Heritage Museum

Province: Western Cape

The CAPE MUSLIM & SLAVE HERITAGE MUSEUM is at the Cape Castle of Good Hope in the Western Cape. It narrates an unedited history of the Cape by exploring the arrival of the Portuguese and Dutch; their interaction with the indigenous San and Khoi people of South Africa. The museum has become a platform which creates the awareness of both the past and living history, depicting both the historic and current events which have impacted the country as a whole and the broader Cape Town area. It showcases exhibitions, one thousand five hundred (1,500) paintings, artifacts, photographs and relics; presentation and tours of Cape Muslim and slave history.

Young Heritage Activist

Njabulo Mahlangu

Province: Gauteng

Njabulo Mahlangu is a 22 year old young man. At the age of 6, he was already on the international stage performing folk dances and music. He inherited this intangible knowledge from his family community organisation. In 2014, he decided to adventure on his own journey by starting a safeguarding traditional games project and African cuisine snack bar called JamFood. In 2016  Njabulo was invited to Germany (Bonn) by the Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development as a young South African ambassador to address the topic of cultural diversity and

preservation of history on indigenous knowledge globally. Annually on  the 16th  of June, he organises an event   bringing together  parents and children  to cook African cuisine and play  indigenous games.

Voice of Heritage

Mukundi Lambane 

Province: Limpopo

Mukundi Lambane is the founder and director of Ambani Africa, an Edtech company that offers technology-enabled African language content. The start-up teaches young learners mother-tongue through gaming and augmented reality, an interactive experience of a real-world environment, making it a fun learning resource. The company offers a free app that uses gaming to teach young learners African languages and culture. The app features isiZulu, isiXhosa, Sepedi, Setswana, Tshivenda, Xitsonga, Shona and Swahili. The company also has augmented reality books that come to life in different languages.

Corporate Heritage Management

 

Tintswalo Khoza

Province: Limpopo

Ms. Tintswalo Khoza is traditional healer who uses bones to communicate with her ancestors and balances between being a traditionalist and a travel consultant. After working 10 years for big travel companies, in 2013 she decided to open her own travel agency in Thohoyandou with the aim of growing Vhembe tourism focusing on  the promotion of culture and heritage. In 2014 she co-hosted the first ever Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape & Heritage celebration event, where  2500 people  from the 43 municipalities in Vhembe District attended. The event was a true success which gave her the confidence to promote heritage tourism to international markets.

Liberation Heritage Steward 

Susie Panther

Province:  KwaZulu Natal

Susie Panther is an 80 year old cricketer. She travelled worldwide to campaign for freedom, democracy, Human rights, justice, nation building and Peace during the years of apartheid. Susie also empowered disadvantaged women, girls and boys in cricket.

Heritage Education

Ntokozo Mbuli 

Province: Gauteng

Ntokozo Mbuli is currently the Producer of a hybrid nature-culture series that highlights the importance of indigenous knowledge, titled IMVELOGY on SABC 2.  The show teaches about the value of indigenous knowledge and our cultural traditions and practices. It further explores how indigenous knowledge can be used to protect and conserve the natural world.  Each episode of a series focuses on a specific clan in a journey of historical and cultural discovery. It draws  knowledge from the elders, cultural history experts and African language academics, to bring us a greater understanding of how exactly our roots are aligned with conservation.

 

 

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