Gauteng Premier Makhura celebrates Africa Day

2016-05-25 13:10
Gauteng Premier David Makhura and MECs at the African Day celebrations in Yeoville. (Iavan Piljoos, News24)

Gauteng Premier David Makhura and MECs at the African Day celebrations in Yeoville. (Iavan Piljoos, News24)

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2016-05-25 12:43

Gauteng Provincial Government and the Africa Diaspora Forum together hosted a joyous and colourful Africa Day celebration in Yeoville on Wednesday. Watch. WATCH

Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier David Makhura and members of the executive council (MEC's) took to the streets of Yeoville on Wednesday to take part in Africa Day celebrations hosted jointly by the Gauteng government and the Africa Diaspora Forum.

Africa Day is celebrated on May 25 across the continent.

Representatives and ambassadors from countries including Nigeria, Gabon, Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Togo and Ghana joined the celebrations. 

As part of the festivities, a parade started at the Yeoville Recreation Centre and saw a police band play songs including "Loslappie" by Kurt Darren as the musicians marched to the beat through the streets.

Spokesperson for the Premier Phumla Sekhonyane said the Africa Diaspora Forum was made up of non-South Africans that live in the country. 

"Gauteng is South Africa's melting pot. We established this forum so that we ensure that we promote cultural diversity," Sekhonyane said.

A procession of children from various cultural backgrounds carried the flags of countries from across the continent during the parade. 

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