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Huge preparation underway to celebrate Heritage Day in South Africa

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By Ashok Ramsarup :: South Africans from all walks of life are hoping for peace following recent xenophobic attacks, high crime rate and unemployment. As South Africa observes Heritage Day, people are urged to join politicians, non-governmental organisations, religious and cultural leaders to join hands in unity in diversity and work for a better future in the fledgling democracy.

The Ministry of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs are making desperate efforts to encourage South Africans to celebrate their culture and diversity to intertwine into a rich tapestry in the democratic society free of evils.

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs  Nomusa Dube-Ncube said the department was aiming to keep the legacy of Nelson Mandela alive to boost tourism at the Mandela Capture Site in Howick in the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands where it had become a beacon of hope to all the people in the land.  Subsequently, Mandela became the first democratically elected president in 1994.

A new multi-million Rand Nelson Mandela Capture Site museum would be officially opened to the public.  Dube-Ncube said the Capture Site paints a picture of the political struggle and the long walk to freedom began Madiba was captured in 1962.

History shows that Mandela was arrested with his friend Cecil Williams whilst they were en-route to visit Nobel Laureate ALBERT LUTHULI who was ANC President at the time.  Mandela wrote his autobiography entitled ” Long Walk to Freedom” with Williams in the driving seat.

Dube-Ncube said a top-level delegation would be meeting in the vicinity of the Mandela Capture Site to chart the way forward as an important landmark in South Africa’s history ahead of World Tourism Day this week.   He said the capture site, was inspirational and emotional as the legacy of Mandela brought hope because of its existence as South Africa celebrate heritage day.

Cape Town activist ANTHONY ISAACS described the capture site as an eye-opener to all.  Isaacs said it brought tears to his eyes where Mandela was captured.  He said: “Mandela, who was captured in Howick and served prison time on Robben  Island near Cape Town for almost 27 years,  is an eye-opener to all the lawmakers, politicians and the rest of South Africa, that we can learn from the legacy of Mandela.

“I hope the lessons learned can help the younger generation and encourage them to be good, do good and stay good and make a difference in the lives of another human being,” he said.

Ashok Ramsarup is award-winning senior journalist of South Africa 🇿🇦

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