“Our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our nation,” said Nelson Mandela.
His words found expression as the preservation of culture and heritage took centre stage at the Emalahleni Civic Hall as the Department, through the Curriculum Enrichment Programme, hosted the Ingoma Festival.
Special, Primary and Secondary Schools from the four districts of the province participated in this Festival through song and dance.
African cultures were on show through their colourful splendour.
The event marks the celebration of September as heritage month and co-incides with the pronouncement of UNESCO declaring this a decade of the promotion of indigenous languages.
Most of our traditions and heritage are in the minds of adults, and thus sharing them with the young ones will not only conserve but renew them.
The MEC for Education, Mr Bonakele Majuba, extended his sincere appreciation to all participants as well as organizers of the Festival:
“Music, known as the universal language of man, can lessen our stress, pain, struggle, distraction and bring positive calmness in our daily life.
It is therapeutic and as powerful as any medicinal therapy.
This has been expressed in religion and religious expression over the decades as worshippers, through song and dance, seek divine intervention and spiritual purity, attesting to the fact that music is capable of healing and transforming minds and beliefs.
We wish to express our appreciation to all who worked towards the success of this Festival,” said MEC Majuba.