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What does your heritage mean to you?

September is Heritage Month, while Heritage Day is celebrated on 24 September

POLOKWANE – September is Heritage Month, while Heritage Day is celebrated on 24 September.

Polokwane residents share what heritage means to them as South Africans.

Calvin Moleshe says Heritage Day is a crucial public holiday as it recognises different aspects of South Africa’s cultures.

“This really does encourage South Africans to celebrate their cultural heritage, the diversity of their beliefs and their different traditions.”

Calvin Moleshe.
Calvin Moleshe.

Tebatso Mathibe says he loves celebrating the day because everyone is able to showcase their cultures.

“Heritage Day helps us celebrate our cultural diversity since we have different traditional beliefs, music, foods, attire and cultures in our country. This really means a lot to us and to the new generation as well because they are able to learn more about their cultures.”

Tebatso Mathibe.
Tebatso Mathibe.

“This is a time when we are able to celebrate the cultural diversity of our beautiful country. Our indigenous music and food is what defines our heritage the most, I think, because lots of people express their beliefs through them,” is Leeroy Mashego’s opinion.

Leeroy Mashego.
Leeroy Mashego.

Kefilwe Shongoane says her heritage really means a lot to her and she thinks Heritage Day should be respected.

“People from all over the country should showcase their cultures, especially when it comes to food, clothes and music.”

Kefilwe Shongoane.
Kefilwe Shongoane.

Emmanuel Mashaba agrees with Kefilwe that Heritage Day should be respected as it reminds Africans of their cultures.

“I think this day is a wonderful day for everyone to celebrate their cultures. The elders should teach the younger generation what this day means to them so they don’t lose their cultures,” Emmanuel says.

Emmanuel Mashaba.
Emmanuel Mashaba.

“Sometimes we as South Africans forget where we came from. I think this day helps us to remember our heritage and where we actually belong,” Jane Makgopa says.

Jane Makgopa.
Jane Makgopa.

 

 

 

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