South Africans celebrate their heritage

South Africans celebrate their heritage

South Africans across the country are celebrating and embracing their different cultures today.

President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the country's official Heritage Day programme in Upington in the Northern Cape.

This year's festivities take place under the theme, 'Celebrating South Africa's literacy classics in the year of indigenous languages.'

Ramaphosa will use the opportunity to open a new library before making his official address.

The United Nations General Assembly has declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

"Twenty-five years after South Africa’s transition to democracy, the Bill of Rights in the Constitution guarantees freedom of linguistic, cultural and religious association as part of promoting and maintaining social solidarity and cohesion," said the Presidency in a statement issued on its official website.

Ramaphosa will officially open the Sandile Present Community Library ahead of addressing the nation at the Mxolisi Jacobs Stadium.

"At the Sandile Present Community Library, the President’s Reading Circle, which encourages all citizens to become enthusiastic readers, will host a session in which President Ramaphosa and learners will read in an indigenous language."

The main Heritage Day celebrations are due to start at 11am.

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