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OPINION: Why do we celebrate Heritage Month?

In the beginning, someone might ask why we celebrate the legacy? It is also more common, why choose the National Day plan? What is their purpose? In the face of the current raging global epidemic, is there any reason to celebrate? First of all, heritage should be celebrated because it shows our collective self-identity as a nation.

People are also keenly aware of the politics of heritage and the political economy of heritage. Under colonialism and apartheid, racist governments use heritage to deepen society by celebrating certain forms of heritage, mainly white and Western heritage, and destroying and abandoning it. Divide other forms of heritage, mainly blacks, especially Africa.

The transformation of the heritage landscape undertaken by Minister Nathi Mthethwa since assuming this responsibility aims to deconstruct the meta-narrative of racism, thus ensuring that, as a whole, the meta-heritage narrative can now express our collective self-awareness and be inclusive.

In short, the task still in progress is to ensure that the heritage landscape is gradually changed.

Given the patriarchal nature of South African society, it is also important to recognize that our heritage is not only racially captured, but also gendered.

Dr. Mahlangu has been putting South Africa on the global map for years through her unique and highly sought-after paintings that depict her Ndebele heritage.

We can begin to show our intentions and commitments by celebrating the diversity and color of the heritage, and see it as a sign of strengths rather than weaknesses.

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