Minister Nathi Mthethwa activates Africa Month at Women’s Living Heritage Monument, 4 May

Minister Nathi Mthethwa to activate Africa Month at the Women’s Living Heritage Monument, Pretoria

The month of May marks Africa month – a moment for the continent to pause, reflect, commemorate and celebrate our Africanness, and to promote the African Agenda that embraces peace and stability, democracy, non-racial, non-sexist, unity and prosperity. The Month of May has been declared Africa Month, to celebrate the founding of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963, it was on this date that 25 May was declared Africa Day as a symbol of unity amongst all Africans.

The month of May has also been dedicated to building a caring nation in pursuit of promoting a lasting peace and prosperity in the country and the rest of the continent.

Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa will activate the 2019 Africa month celebrations under the theme, Celebrating 25 years of Democracy: Building a Better Africa and a Better World, on 4 May at the Women’s Living Heritage Monument in Pretoria following the successful celebration of the Africa Carnival & Festival held on 1 May 2019 in Durban which kick started the Africa month programme.

Africa Month recognises aspects of African culture, which are both tangible and intangible: creative expression such as music and performances, our historical inheritance, architecture, language, food, practices and culture. Various events will be staged throughout the country to commemorate this month. The Department will contribute to Africa month celebrations through a variety of cultural activities.

In this journey towards African self-renewal, I also wish to remind us of the brilliant thoughts and speeches of a pioneer, Pixley ka Seme who already in 1906, called for the regeneration of Africa. The time has come for Africa’s renewal to be taken to a higher level, stated Minister Nathi Mthethwa.

Source: Government of South Africa