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