The Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa will deliver a lecture on “South Africa of Mandela’ dream and memorialisation of our heritage” as part of a series of lectures to commemorate the Freedom Charter on Friday, 17 July 2015 at the Nelson Mandela Youth Heritage Centre in Qunu. The lecture will highlight the type of South Africa that Nelson Mandela and his contemporaries dreamt of as well as the importance of the international Nelson Mandela Day. Nelson Mandela Day will be used to encourage individuals and communities to promote unity, solidarity and caring for one another. Similarly to the ideals of the Freedom Charter, Nelson Mandela Day seeks to create a better South Africa and a better world for all as well as the eradication of poverty and under-development.
On 12 February 2015 during the State of the Nation Address, President Zuma pronounced 2015 as the Year of the Freedom Charter. This year, Nelson Mandela Day is celebrated against the backdrop of the 60th anniversary of the Freedom Charter. The Freedom Charter states that South Africa belongs to all who live in it, black and white, and that no government can justly claim authority unless it is based on the will of all the people.
Government calls all sectors, the community and the world to contribute 67 minutes to help those in need. We also acknowledge the support and solidarity provided by the rest of the African continent and the world to fight apartheid. Government encourages all South African residents to work together to preserve Nelson Mandela’s legacy of reconciliation.
Media members are invited as follows:
Date : 17 July 2015
Time : 14h00 – 16h00
Venue : Nelson Mandela Youth Heritage Centre, Qunu
RSVP : Obed Makgoale, Cell: 060 974 0789/ ObedM@dac.gov.za
Enquiries : Sandile Memela, the Spokesperson to the Minister at 082 800 3750
Issued by the Department of Arts & Culture