Nature calls' at Maropeng

By SYDNEY MORWENG

This follows hot on the heels the call by the national parks to conscientious the public interested but cannot afford to visit certain parks on that day.First Lady of the Province, Premier Nomvula Mokonyane will give key note address, as part of a comprehensive calendar of events being mounted by the Gauteng Provincial Government.

Maropeng, an International World Heritage Site gives residents and visitors to the province the chance to visit Maropeng at no cost and also includes a very special programme of events, designed to highlight Gauteng’s role in both the birth of humankind and the dawn of the democratic era.

MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Nelisiwe Moerane said we are lucky to live in a place that is unlike any other in the world – a place filled with easy-to-access and highly enjoyable living treasures that speak directly about our collective heritage.

“For instance, as you can see if you visit places like Constitutional Hill, Origins centre, Apartheid Museum and the Sharpeville museum, Gauteng played a crucial role in the anti-apartheid struggle and the dawning of democracy – and I’m proud to say that we now have the most integrated society and workforce in the country. We are also the place where humankind began and where fossils are still being discovered like those found at Malapa Cave and now on display at Maropeng.

“This all means that there is no better place to celebrate South Africa’s heritage than in Gauteng – and Maropeng in particular,” says Moerane.

In celebrating Gauteng’s living treasures the Gauteng Provincial Legislature kicked off on with a very public thanks to the people of Gauteng for helping turn the recent 2010 FIFA World Cup into the success it was.

The main focus of the Gauteng Provincial Government’s Heritage celebrations come on September 24th when Maropeng “welcomes home” the province’s citizens with a fun-filled, highly informative and unmissable free day-long event.

The activities start with live performances by music and dance groups representing the diverse spectrum of cultural groups in the province. This will be followed by a short formal programme that will again see Premier Mokonyane pay tribute to the people of Gauteng for their support and commitment in ensuring that we host a successful FIFA World cup event.

Add in a live music concert, updates on recent fossil discoveries in the Cradle of Humankind and guided heritage tours and you have the makings of an exciting day out.

The Gauteng Provincial Government’s celebration of the province’s heritage doesn’t stop on Heritage Day (September 24th): On September 26th, a day of literature and music will take place at Zoo Lake in Parkview with families encouraged to bring a picnic and celebrate the role these two creative disciplines play in ensuring Gauteng’s living treasure heritage. Also on the cards is a September 30th memorial lecture celebrating the life of OR Tambo and organised in partnership with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. Details of these two events are to follow.

MEC Moerane, “We are very protective of our heritage and committed to preserving it – as well as ensuring it plays its part in stimulating our economy, particularly amongst the youth.”

A warm appeal has been sent out to senior citizens and encouraged to come in large numbers and be part of celebrations and taste the fruit of democracy, since free transport will be provided.

Public transport will be offered from various points in Gauteng and residents with private cars are invited to drive through to Maropeng on September 24th where parking is available in the car park. The activities start at 09h00 until 16h00.

For details on the public transport to Maropeng on September 24th call 011 355 – 2500 / 2642 or visit www.srac.gpg.gov.za.

 Meanwhile, the Gauteng Provincial Government’s celebration of the province’s heritage doesn’t stop on Heritage Day (September 24th). On September 26th, a day of literature and music will take place at Zoo Lake in Parkview with families encouraged to bring a picnic and celebrate the role these two creative disciplines play in ensuring Gauteng’s living treasure heritage.

Also on the cards is a September 30th memorial lecture celebrating the life of OR Tambo and organised in partnership with the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. Details of these two events are to follow.

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