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DSRAC joins the rest of the continent in celebrating Africa Month

May 16, 2018
DSRAC joins the rest of the continent in celebrating Africa Month

The Eastern Cape Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) will join the rest of the continent in celebrating Africa Month and hosts different activities as build up to the Provincial Africa Day that will be in East London on 25 May.

"This year’s national theme is: 'The Year of Nelson Mandela: Building a Better Africa and a Better World'," described Spokeperson, Andile Nduna.

"The sub-theme is: 'Be the Legacy',South Africans are implored to ‘Find a Mandela in You’, a clarion call is made to South Africans, African Continent, and People of the World to help the poor, needy and vulnerable."

Nduna said that Africa Month is the period when South Africans, the rest of the Continent and Africans in the diaspora, celebrate what has been achieved and at the same time reflect on challenges that still need to be tackled in order to make Africa a better place to live in.

"The activities kick started with school dialogues that involved 15 schools around Buffalo City Metro, where leaners were debating from 14 May 2018 till today about the philanthropy as means to help build a better Africa and the issue of a common currency unifying African Continent," he added.

"The two topics were topics for the preliminary stages and the final will be done on 24 May 2018. There was also public speaking competition where leaners chose from 9 topics to present from. These topics covered challenges we are facing as the country and rest of the continent.

"These challenges range from corruption, women in leadership and protesting youth who distract our higher learning institution." 

Nduna said that there will also be a 21km Half Marathon for adults and 5km fun run/walk for kids that will start from Corner of Graham and Oxford Street to the Jan Smuts Stadium, East London on 20 May 2017.

"All those who are interested to participate are welcomed to enter the race/fun walk by registering before 20 May 2018 and entry forms are available at the Departments BCM district office, at the Old Elco Building, 14 Commissioner Street in East London. A total price money of R100 000 will be won in all categories and other incentives," he explained.

"Furthermore the Department will join the worldwide museums to celebrate International Museums Day (IMD) and host Provincial IMD in Komani, Chris Hani District, on 29 May 2018.

"The theme for this year is 'Celebrating heroes and heroines'. The objective of IMD is to raise awareness of the fact that, 'Museums are important means of cultural exchange, enrichment of cultures and development of mutual understanding, cooperation and peace among peoples'.

"These planned Africa Month activities by the Department seek to strengthen the socio, cultural, economic and political relations within the country among African nations."