Learn about each other’s cultures – Cyril Ramaphosa

2014-09-24 13:43

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South Africa has a rich and proud heritage that should be celebrated, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has said.

“What we saw here, various cultures of our country is what we are all about as South Africans,” Ramaphosa told hundreds gathered at the James Motlatsi stadium in Orkney today.

“This is what we need to promote, applaud and celebrate.”

He was delivering the keynote address during the Heritage Day celebrations at the stadium.

He encouraged South Africans to learn about each other’s cultures to better understand them and to contribute to nation-building.

“We are united in our diversity ... In the various languages we speak. Let us learn each other’s cultures and history. Let us try to speak each other’s languages,” he said.

Earlier, the crowds showcased their cultural clothing and traditions as part of the celebrations.

Xhosas dressed in umbhaco, Tsongas in their xibelani and Zulus in their amabeshu.

The crowd chanted and ululated as everybody showed off their dance moves.

The sounds of trumpets and drums resonated in the stadium and the crowd danced along.

Dignitaries such as North West Premier Supra Mahumapelo and Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa attended the event.

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