Nathi Mthethwa launches #HERITAGEMONTH2020
Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa, hosted a media launch for Heritage Month on Monday.
Heritage month is an annual celebration, in the month of September, which recognises the different cultures in South African and diversity in creative expressions.
As this week marks the commencement of Heritage Month under the theme “Celebrating South Africa’s living human treasures”, Mthethwa emphasised how important it is to celebrate this month.
“As the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture, it is our responsibility to ensure that there is proper observance of the national commemorative program of government, inclusive of the national days, as determined by the Public Holidays Act of 1994, and of which the Heritage Day is one,” he said.
Mthethwa also spoke about the Gender-Based Violence, saying no GBV will be tolerated this month going forward.
“We must be quite forceful and unequivocal about our stance against all forms of GBV during this month and beyond, particularly given the fact that GBV exponentially spiked during the hard national lockdown, as women and girls found themselves in an entrapment with their abusers, and without much reprieve,” he said.
He also urged people be aware of the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 outbreak as they observe this heritage month.
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