Minister Mthethwa launches the National Heritage Monument

Arts and Culture Minister Mr Mathi Mthethwa-fThe Minister of Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, invites members of the media to the launch of the National Heritage Monument on Tuesday, 15 September 2015 at the Groenkloof Nature Plaza in Pretoria. The National Heritage Monument will be a heritage site that epitomizes intangible aspects of inherited culture, a culture that will tell the South African story, enable us to share our diversity and propel us to continue working towards nation building and social cohesion.

The National Heritage Monument will be situated on the Groenkloof Reserve which is in itself part of the national heritage and will include 400 life bronze statues of Pre-colonial, Colonial and Anti-Apartheid struggle heroes and heroines. The manner in which the statues will be placed will be known as the Long Walk to Freedom which will be the site’s most significant element because it will be seen as South Africa’s intangible cultural heritage foundation.

On the day of the launch, Minister Mthethwa will unveil the first 56 life size bronze statues of the 400 which will become part of South Africa’s cultural heritage landscape.

The details of the event are as follows:

Date   : 15 September 2015

Venue: Groenkloof Nature Reserve

Time  : 06h00 for 06h30

RSVP: Mthuthuzeli Nqumba 082 934 2314 / email: mthuthuzelin@dac.gov.za.

For more information contact Lisa Combrinck spokesperson 082 821 4886

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