Minister launches heritage month

2018-09-12 06:00
Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa and, storyteller, Gcina Mhlope at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa and, storyteller, Gcina Mhlope at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site.PHOTO: lethiwe makhanya

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MINISTER of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, says it’s about time people go back to their heritage in order to help the country deal with problems, such as domestic violence.

Mthethwa said this at the Nelson Mandela Capture Site in Howick on Saturday where he officially launched Heritage Month and unveiled programmes that his department will host in commemorating this month.

The theme for this year is “The year of Nelson Mandela: Advancing transformation of South Africa’s Landscape”.

The minister said that one of the programmes will be to turn the house of late ANC activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, into a heritage site.

“Since it is her birthday on September 26, we will use this day to rebuild her house and turn it into heritage site. We will do this as part of celebrating her birthday and remembering her and the good things she did for this country,” Mthethwa said.

“We will also be looking at the national book week that will start on September 3-9. We want to ensure that reading and writing is taken seriously.

“We want our people to know their languages, that is why we have books that are now written in different languages.”

Mthethwa also condemned the abuse and the murder of women, saying it is against South African heritage.

“It is not in our heritage to have people who beat and kill defenceless woman.

“It is time now that we go back to our heritage where a boy knows that he needs to protect his sister, mother and any other women and not harm them,” he said.

“We need to teach male children the essence of ubuntu [humanity]. If we can do that, the country will produce better men and not those who go around hating and abusing women.

“If a girl or a woman is scared or terrified, they must not be scared to come to you [men] for help.

“We need to push this campaign until people know their heritage.”

Speaking about National Book Week, Mthethwa said they have decided to bring back old books that are written in different languages so that people will be able to read in their own languages.

He said this will help in making sure that citizens do not forget where they come from.

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