‘Mother of all parties’ to honour heritage

2010-09-24 00:00

SOUTH Africa’s success in hosting the 2010 Fifa Soccer World Cup will be celebrated with the “mother of all parties” at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban today as part of National Heritage Day observations.

Arts and Culture Minister Lulama Xingwana announced this in a press briefing at the ANC’s national general council (NGC) being held at the International conference Centre.

Xingwana said the theme of the celebration will be the success of the World Cup and the legacy of the month-long tournament.

“We will be saying a big thank you to all the people of South Africa.

“It is important to sustain the spirit of ubuntu that was prevalent during the World Cup,”said Xingwana.

“We supported Bafana Bafana all the way and supported all other African teams, which proved that the majority of the people of this country do not have a problem with people from other African countries.

“Let’s continue with the spirit of the World Cup,” Xingwana said.

She said all South Africans should rally behind the national flag and other national symbols as the country celebrates its heritage.

Xingwana said the tournament is an opportunity for people everywhere to celebrate and show ubuntu toward one another.

The celebrations start at 10 am with inter-faith prayers, a fly-past by the air force, a guard of honour of the South African National Defence Force and a 21-gun salute.

KwaZulu-Natal Premier Dr Zweli Mkhize will make a welcoming address and Xingwana will then introduce the keynote speaker of the day, President Jacob Zuma.

Xingwana said people from all over the country have been invited. The NGC delegates will gather at the Moses Mabhida Stadium after the council concludes its business today.

The formalities will be followed by a cultural World Cup thanksgiving festival featuring many of the country’s top musical groups and artists.

“Expect this to be the mother of all parties,” Xingwana said.

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