Eastern Cape Government To Celebrate Provincial Africa Day In East London


The Eastern Cape Government will celebrate the Provincial Africa Day Celebration on Friday, 25 May 2018 in East London.This year’s national theme is: “The Year of Nelson Mandela: Building a Better Africa and a Better World”.  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.

Several activities were held by the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture (DSRAC) this Month in celebration of Africa Month and as build up towards the culmination of Africa Day, including the Half Marathon Race on Sunday, 20 May 2018 where Honourable MEC Bulelwa Tunyiswa led athletes to take an oath to embrace cultural diversity  “I, as an African pledge to embrace cultural diversity.

I will respect and protect the dignity of each person and promise to act in accordance by upholding the legacy of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu. I will stand firm and say No to Xenophobia, No to Woman and Child Abuse and No to racism,” said Tunyiswa. 

There were also school dialogues that were conducted, that involved 15 schools around Buffalo City Metro, where leaners were debating about the philanthropy as means to help build a better Africa and the issue of a common currency unifying African Continent. The two topics were topics for the preliminary stages and the final will be done tomorrow, 24 May 2018.
This programme included 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.   
Historically, Africa Day celebrates the day when the Organisation of African Unity (OAU), the precursor to the African Union (AU), was formed in 1963. It acknowledges the progress that we, as Africans, have made, while reflecting upon the common challenges we face in a global environment.
The African Union, comprised of 53 member states, has brought together the continent of Africa to collectively address the challenges it has faced, such as armed conflict, climate change, and poverty.

Community members are invited to attend the event and can expect to be dazzled by the beauty and culture of other African countries that will be part of the parade and exhibition. 
Members of the media are also invited to attend as follows:
Date : Friday, 25 May 2018   
Time : 09:00      
Venue : Esplanade beach front (Opposite Hotel Osner), East London 
For RSVP, contact:
Mr Sivuyile Ngaba
Cell: 071 403 5294
Email: Sivuyile.Ngaba@ecsrac.gov.za
For media queries, contact:
Mr Andile Nduna
Cell: 071 411 4820
Email: Andile.Nduna@ecsrac.gov.za 

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