Arts and Culture Minister
Nathi Mthethwa says the department will meet with young
people to discuss government's plans to erect a national
monument that will depict the country's identity based
on its rich history and heritage.
Minister said this when he launched the Heritage Month
programme at the Imbizo Centre in Parliament in Cape
He said the country, which came from a difficult
colonial and apartheid past, needed to rewrite its own
story to include history and heritage that were omitted
from history books.
The Minister said the Department of Arts and Culture was
in talks with the City of Tshwane to find a site for the
"If you go to Senegal in Dakar for instance, you will be
confronted with a 10-metre statue of the African
"If you are in Algiers in Algeria, you will see this
place where you go to and pay respect to the people of
"In South Africa, we are doing the same because we
believe that a tale of South Africa still needs to be
told in its fullest.
"That is why we are acknowledging that our freedom was
not exclusively because of South Africans. Humanity
across the globe contributed.
"We are engaging with the province of Gauteng
continuously and Tshwane to have this space where we
will have our story told," he said.
Meanwhile, Minister Mthethwa said a number of events
would take place to commemorate Heritage Month, which is
held under the theme "The Year of Oliver Tambo:
Celebrating our Liberation Heritage".
- a gathering of African leaders in Namibia on 14
September on the the African World Heritage Fund
- the official opening of the cultural village of
Sqakatha (Ntenga) on 18 September
- the memorial lecture on Gert Sibande, The Lion
of the East, on 21 September
- the hosting of ministers from Southern African
Development Community countries to discuss the
Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route between 19
and 21 September.