Sport, Arts and Culture launched the digital integrated heritage week during Dubai Expo Exhibition , 11 Oct

The Dubai Expo South African Pavilion opened on October 1, 2021. Culture and identity is the focus of the entire month of October 2021. The month of December 2021 is dedicated to sporting events, and the EXPO will conclude on March 28, 2022, with a commemoration of a South African National Day.

 

Some of the Dubai Expo events will be shown in South Africa via a live connection to the Dubai Expo and vice versa (Being at two places at the same time). A week-long integrated heritage program is one such initiative that will be exhibited across the country.

 

The heritage week event is set to begin on October 11, 2021, at the Freedom Park Museum and Heritage site in Tshwane, and will be followed by a discussion discourse and a magnificent performance by South African legend Wouter Kellerman. The National and World Heritage Sites, Origins of Humankind, Liberation Heritage, included movies on Libraries, and the last day, 16 October 2021, will exhibit the week long major overview; they will be displayed at Dubai related to South Africa.

 

Freedom Park was chosen as the hosting venue primarily because it provides visitors with a unique and exceptional opportunity to experience and appreciate South African history, to walk where ancestors have walked, and to learn from the shared heritage as brothers and sisters of South Africa’s diverse nation.

 

In the mind’s eye, Freedom Park resurrects ancient warriors who roamed the planes of Southern Africa; it remembers the thousands of men and women who bore the yoke of slavery, as well as a people and a culture that were nearly obliterated by genocide. Above all, it demonstrates a country that is not afraid to make the greatest sacrifice in order to achieve the remarkable (Woza Nawe Uzozibonela, loosely translated as “Come and see for yourself”). It is the beating heart of all that is South African—history, spirituality, and heritage—the focal point for learning about this land of promise in all its variety.

 

One of the Park’s goals is to become a significant visitor destination capable of attracting large numbers of people from the local, national, continental, and worldwide levels. The Park adds to Gauteng’s critical mass of globally recognized attractions and helps to establish Tshwane as a cultural tourism destination.

 

Cultural heritage resources are significant because they contribute to the present economy and have the potential to benefit future generations. Furthermore, incorporating technologies into heritage programs raises the worth of heritage in terms of economic growth.

 

Cultural heritage has an economic development value in South Africa since it comprises structures such as art and craft goods, traditional cuisine and dwellings, monuments, traditional festivals, military museums, history museums, cultural and historical places and events, among others. Numerous legacy initiatives to honor notable liberation struggle figures through monuments, sculptures, museums, or naming of buildings and regions with names have been launched in recent years, and the Expo serves as a platform to showcase South Africa’s cultural heritage to the rest of the world.

 

Participation in the Expo, whether in Dubai or South Africa, is a chance to demonstrate to the world and the local community the importance of promoting and conserving history. The values of respect for culture and heritage are emphasized within the country through various heritage programs, such as the African Liberation Heritage Programme, which will include a photographic exhibition of African Liberation Heritage in South Africa, among other activities in which other African countries will participate. Exhibition on the Matola Raid Monument and Interpretive Centre, which serves as a focal point for the whole SADC Liberation Heritage Route (Angola: Cuito Cuanavale/Viana Camp/Luanda). Lesotho’s Maseru Raids, Botswana’s Gaborone Raids, Swaziland’s Manzini/Mbabane Raids, and Tanzania’s Kongwa/Morogoro/Mazimbu/Dakawa Raids) are investigated. The VOC Collection is on display in the Archives Collection at the Memory of the World Register, National Symbols, and Libraries exhibition. The Dutch East India Company (VOC: Verenigde Oostindische Compagnie) was the largest and most remarkable of the early modern European trade corporations active in Asia, formed in 1602 and dissolved in 1795.

 

Around 25 million pages of VOC documents have been saved in archives in Jakarta, Colombo, Chennai, Cape Town, and The Hague. The VOC archives contain material pertinent to the history of hundreds of Asia’s and Africa’s former local government and commercial areas, making them the most thorough and broad source on early modern global history available elsewhere. Tanap’s website, www.tanap.net(link is external), has further information. 2003 was the year of submission, 2003 was the year of inscription, and 2003 was the year of publication. The Netherlands, India, Indonesia, South Africa, and Sri Lanka are among the countries engaged.

 

An exhibition on the Rivonia Trial, with an emphasis on Criminal Court Case 253/63 (State against Mandela and others) (2007). The Rivonia Trial was the first time the state used its powers under the 1960 Acts that banned the African National Congress (ANC) and the Pan Africanist Congress (PAC) to arrest and prosecute the top leadership structure of the largest internal anti-apartheid organization involved in the struggle for a democratic South Africa. This trial provided Nelson Mandela with the chance to address the people from the dock about the ANC’s ideals and aspirations. The court battle resulted in leaders like Nelson Mandela being imprisoned on Robben Island and other prisons until their release in the 1990s.

 

Audiovisual content is a vital source of knowledge on South Africa’s history during the previous century, depicting the important turning events in the battle for liberation from the apartheid regime. Due to the country’s sophisticated infrastructure and a semblance of democratic procedure, the foreign media were able to hold up a mirror for the world to observe what was happening within South Africa during the Apartheid government. Some native filmmakers were also able to capture numerous subtleties of the country’s developing history. However, it is important to note that many of the local residents, both black and white, never saw that film and are still uninformed of what transpired in the land of their forefathers’ and their own birth. This DOXA collection is one of the most significant remnants of SA’s political history in the country. The year of submission was 2007, the year of inscription was 2007, and South Africa was engaged.

 

The CODESA is also on display during the show. The inaugural plenary session of the Convention for a Democratic South Africa (CODESA) took place on December 20, 1991, at the World Trade Centre in Kempton Park, to negotiate a way out of apartheid and to build a seamless transitional path towards democracy. Negotiations to abolish apartheid began in 1990, with Nelson Mandela and several political prisoners released from Robben Island jail. These negotiations lasted until 1993, a year before the country’s first democratic elections, in which all South Africans had the right to vote for the party of their choice to govern the nation. On April 27, 1994, the first democratic elections were held, and the ANC was victorious, with Mandela becoming the republic’s first democratically elected president. De Klerk became his deputy in order to create a government of unity, together with the ANC’s Thabo Mbeki, who followed Mandela and served two terms. This collection was recently digitized in order to provide SA and the rest of the world with access to it.

 

The Rebirth of Democracy is symbolized through national symbols such as the Coat of Arms, the new South African flag, the constitution, and the National Anthem, as well as new prospects. The exhibition also comments on South African Libraries and the Book Sector: one of the financing options targeted at altering urban and rural community library infrastructure, facilities, and services is the community library conditional grant (primarily targeting previously disadvantaged communities). The exhibition also discusses the inclusion of innovative elements in libraries, such as the founding of the South African Library for the Blind. A exhibit of South African classics is also on show, as is a short talk.

 

In addition, displays on South Africa’s National and World Heritage Sites will be included at the Dubai Expo. An Exhibition of National and World Heritage offers Expo visitors and the community back home through social media platforms an experience ranging from historical and culturally significant locations such as Robben Island, where Nelson Mandela spent 27 years, to valuable natural locations such as the Vredefort Dome, the Cape Floral Region (which protects the country’s small but vital fynbos), and,

 

In South Africa, ten Heritage Sites have been designated as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Five of the 10 sites are cultural, four are natural, and one – the Maloti-Drakensberg Park – is a combination of the two (cultural and natural).

 

The week-long Heritage integrated programme is a virtual journey for the South African community and a physical journey for Dubai expo visitors, providing an interactive exploration of South African history and heritage through some of the country’s key national heritage sites, and demonstrating how each of these sites has contributed to the shared humanity and the shared past. The following are some major topics that will be highlighted during the experience:

 

“the origins of life on Earth”;\

“our oldest ancestors”;

“the rise of modern humans and advanced intellect”;

“archaeological legacy”;

“South African colonialism”; and

“apartheid and the battle for independence.

Some of the most important locations and artifacts are being showcased using emerging digital technology. 3D digital models, virtual reality tours, video, and 3D printed things will be included.

 

South Africa is also regarded as the Cradle of Humankind, where all civilisations began. The evidence for some of the early hominid species developing in South Africa is the explanation for this. It is thought that some of the earliest stone tools were made in South Africa as the species Homo evolved.

 

Heritage sites around the country give witness to the regulated use of fire. The Wonderwerk Cave in South Africa’s Northern Cape provides the first clear evidence of fire usage 1 million years ago. These events in South Africa millions of years ago might have resulted in the advancement of technology, science, art, culture, religion, and so on.

 

The world would not exist as it does now if it were not for these early advances and the growth of the Homo genus, and we would never have considered space travel as a future goal.

 

The media is invited to cover the formal opening and discussion conversation. Wouter Kellerman, a South African icon, will perform during the event.

 

Source: Government of South Africa

Western Cape Cultural Affairs and Sport opens Hessequa Municipality sports facilities

Yesterday, together with Minister Tertuis Simmers, Mayor Grant Riddles, different sporting codes, cultural groups and the community, Minister Anroux Marais officially opened two new sport stadia in the Hessequa Municipality. At just below R10 million each, the new Slangrivier and Melkhoutfontein Sport Stadia is now open to the communities it serves.

 

At the official opening, Minister Tertius Simmers said, “These openings demonstrates how we’re ensuring that residents live in communities where they have access to all amenities. We’re not paying lip service to the delivery, instead it is clear for all to see. Not only is a new integrated human settlement on the horizon in Melkhoutfontein, where 539 serviced sites will be delivered in 2023, but the Slangrivier residents recently received a further 29 title deeds. This brings the number of households in this community that are now fully-fledged and legal homeowners to 239. The Western Cape Government and its partner in the local sphere is delivering in a tangible manner to empower residents and to holistically improve and change people’s lives in the Hessequa area”.

 

During the keynote address, Minister Anroux Marais said, “The provisioning of key facilities is critical to increase safe participation and development in sport and recreation. In providing these sport facilities, the Western Cape Government creates an enabling environment for local, provincial, national and even international events to take place with the aim of developing sporting talent at different levels while augmenting the wellbeing of the communities we serve. We are indeed grateful to all who had a hand in the success of this much needed openings, particularly as we are faced with the most trying times in South African sport and the world over. We trust the community will take ownership of these facilities proudly brought to them by the Hessequa Municipality as promised by Mayor Grant Riddles since its initial proposal in 2018. I look forward to the sporting talent that will be honed at these facilities and the social inclusion it will now foster for all who call it home”.

 

Source: Government of South Africa

Chris Hani District celebrates Heritage Day through community outreach campaigns

WHITTLESEA – On Thursday, 23 September 2021, various awareness campaigns and celebrations were held in the Chris Hani District.

 

Whittlesea Colonel Keys and Management participated in an awareness campaign at the Dongwe Community Hall. The focus was to educate young men from local schools on the causes of gender-based violence and femicide and also to discuss interventions to address this scourge.

 

Cofimvaba and Bridge camp a tribal meeting was held at Qamata Traditional Service Centre, whereby general crime related issues were discussed. The Station Commanders, Lieutenant Colonel Nqapi and Captain Mniphika and their management  sensitized the community about vigilantism and especially Mob Justice which indicated an increase in incidents, recently. The meeting was chaired by Chief Zwelabantu Matlaizima.

 

Cala Cala SAPS members participated in a Heritage day breakfast event, this morning. The Station Commander, Lieutenant Colonel Spambo and his team celebrated their rich culture and the diversity in their beliefs and traditions.

 

Source: South African Police Service

Cape Town voted best city in Africa, hotels scoop top spots

As Mayor of this beautiful city, it gives me great joy to see the hard work of our residents and business owners rewarded with global recognition.

 

The Cape Grace, The Silo Hotel, and Ellerman House took the first, second and third spots respectively, with the One and Only hotel taking fifth place in the World Travel and Leisure’s ‘World’s Best’ awards.

 

Cape Town was rated as the best City in Africa and the Middle East. It was followed by Marrakesh, Jerusalem, Fez, Dubai, Tel Aviv, Abu Dhabi, Petra, Muscat and Essaouira, completing the top 10.

The City of Cape Town prides itself on good governance and providing an enabling environment for businesses to thrive. Tourism provides major employment and skills development opportunities for our residents and we have always supported this industry wherever possible. In 2020 we helped local businesses bounce back after a tough national lockdown that left almost no business untouched, and we continuously fought for the easing of lockdown restrictions to help businesses and save livelihoods.

 

In 2020 the City distributed over 13 000 Covid-19 toolkits to SMMEs, 10 000 kits for informal traders, thousands of masks and sanitisers, signage to help small businesses open safely after the hard lockdown and launched a number of business support programmes. To see these hotels acknowledged on the global stage is testament to the resilience of Capetonians and our commitment to looking after our future and always bouncing back stronger than before.

 

Many other independent organisations have acknowledged the good governance and resilience of the City of Cape Town. The Ratings Afrika sustainability survey of July 2020 acknowledged Cape Town as the most financially sustainable metro in South Africa, which was capable of absorbing the financial shock of the Covid-19 pandemic. The accolades announced this month is testament to this acknowledgement.

Some of the comments from travellers (listed below) outline why Cape Town is a firm favourite.

Every year for our World’s Best Awards survey, T+L asks readers to weigh in on travel experiences around the globe — to share their opinions on the top hotels, resorts, cities, islands, cruise ships, spas, airlines, and more. Hotels were rated on their facilities, location, service, food, and overall value. Properties were classified as city or resort based on their locations and amenities. This year, readers strongly favoured South Africa — the top five city hotels are all in Cape Town and Jo’burg.” –

“This coastal city has a tendency to make even the most wanderlust-fueled traveler consider settling down. Survey responses provide more than enough evidence for this. ‘One of the most beautiful places on earth,’ wrote one reader, with another saying, ‘I’d definitely retire here!’ A third had a similar reaction: ‘When my husband and I arrived, we both immediately thought…should we move?’ Known for its temperate climate and prime position between mountains and sea, this city is a draw for travellers seeking a mix of urban exploration and nature experiences — with outdoorsy excursions like a hike up Table Mountain or a tasting tour of the winelands within easy reach before dinner and drinks on the waterfront.”

 

Source: City Of Cape Town

President Ramaphosa to lead countrywide celebrations of Heritage Day

President Cyril Ramaphosa will lead the countrywide celebrations of Heritage Day on Friday.

 

The President will join a virtual ceremony hosted by the Western Cape province under the theme: “The year of Charlotte Maxeke: Celebrating South Africa’s Intangible Cultural Heritage”.

 

Government has declared 2021 as the “Year of Charlotte Mannya Maxeke” to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of the pioneering human rights activist whose legacy has paved the way for generations of anti-apartheid and present day social activists working for the improvement of socio-economic conditions for all South Africans.

 

According to the Presidency, endowed with abundant diversity of indigenous knowledge, languages and beliefs, South Africa’s intangible cultural heritage cements the identity and belonging of all its people.

 

These attributes are expressed in language, arts, customs, religion, clothing and food and the preservation of our natural habitat.

 

The national motto, “All diverse people unite” reflects the national values tolerance and respect for human, social and cultural rights.

 

“Heritage Day 2021 will celebrate the human treasures and living legends who are the repository of traditions and culture, knowledge and accumulation of intellectual capital,” said the Presidency.

 

President Ramaphosa will address the virtual Heritage Day celebration that will be broadcast on major news channels and government digital platforms from 12:00.

 

Source: South African Government News Agency