Africa Month launched in Pretoria

Minister of Arts and Culture urges South Africans to take pride in their culture during the launch of Africa Month in Pretoria.

The Minister of Arts and Culture, Nathi Mthethwa has urged all South Africans regardless of race or colour to take pride in their identity and culture.

Speaking during the launch of April as the Africa Month, Mthethwa said this would help all South Africans to be true to themselves. “We need to embrace, appreciate and promote our African identity, history and culture,” said Mthethwa. The launch took place at Freedom Park in Pretoria on Wednesday night.

Mthethwa said it was sad to note the country is still confronted by challenges of prejudice and stereotypes, including racism, Afrophobia and sexism.

The time has come for Africa’s renewal to be taken to a higher level by the continent’s highly gifted creatives: poets, writers, intellectuals, musicians, chefs and artists.

“The launch of the Africa Month Cultural Festival Programme contributes to increasing our self-knowledge and understanding,” he said. He said Africa Month will draw from the strength of existing Pan African festivals throughout the continent.

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