‘Do not forget your roots’

2016-09-28 06:00
NTHAKOANA MAKOE (left), mayor of the Setsoto Local Municipality, with Mathabo Leeto, MEC for the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, as she addresses people during the provincial Heritage Day Celebration in Ficksburg on Sunday (25/09).  Photo: Tladi Moloi

NTHAKOANA MAKOE (left), mayor of the Setsoto Local Municipality, with Mathabo Leeto, MEC for the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, as she addresses people during the provincial Heritage Day Celebration in Ficksburg on Sunday (25/09). Photo: Tladi Moloi

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FICKSBURG. Z Free Staters came in their numbers to celebrate the Free State provincial Heritage Day at the Ficksburg Showgrounds on Sunday (25/09).

Even though the event was celebrated a day after Heritage Day (24/09), people responded positively.

Traditional groups from across the province and Lesotho were lined up to entertain those in attendance.

The Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation commemorated Heritage Day through a series of activities aimed at fostering social cohesion in communities, as well as recognising and celebrating the cultural wealth of the nation.

This year, the department commemorated Heritage Day under the theme: Celebrating Human Treasures by Asserting our African Identity.

Mathabo Leeto, the MEC for the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, said it was important to celebrate heritage by making sure that people do not forget their roots.

She said they should not forget where they came from.

“We, as the people of the Free State and as South Africans, should be proud of our culture. We should use this month to build a united nation because we know that we want a non-sexist and non-racial community. We should make sure that we live in a province where everyone’s culture is respected.”

She also urged those in attendance to be proud of their colour.

“There is this irritating thing of calling people ‘yellow bones’ when they are light in complexion. Statements like that make people feel uncomfortable with who they are.”

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