​The Eastern Cape Government led by Premier Phumulo Masualle will celebrate the Provincial Heritage Day as part of Heritage Month in Clarkebury, Ngcobo on Friday, 22 September 2017. Heritage Month is celebrated annually, during the Month of September. It recognises aspects of South African culture which are both tangible and intangible: creative expression such as music and performance, our inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the popular memory.

The aim of this year’s celebrations is to put at the forefront the Living Human Treasures, the custodians of the cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge for their immense contribution to the arts, culture and heritage landscape.

It is in this context that the Provincial Government will be dedicating the life and legacy of King Ngubengcuka of AbaThembu who played a significant role in the advancement of education and culture in the province as he donated land to London missionaries in 1830 to build the iconic Clarkebury Mission School that has over time produced prominent national icons including Dr AB Xuma, King Sabata Dalindyebo and Dr Nelson Nelson Mandela to mention a few. 

The provincial celebration will be preceded by unveiling of the Ngcobo Heroes Wall of Remembrance with statues of Dr AB Xuma and Walter Sisulu at Ngcobo on 21 September 2017.

The first Heritage Day was instituted in 1995, after the first free elections that spelled the end of apartheid and the beginning of a new, non-racially based democracy.

Members of the media are invited to attend the event as follows:

              Heroes Wall of Remembrance              Provincial Heritage Day
Date    : 21 September 2017                                 22 September 2017
Time   : 10h00                                                       10h00
Venue : Town Hall, Ngcobo                                  Clarkebury, Ngcobo

For RSVP, contact:
Mr Kholekile Ndudula  
Cell: 082 578 5998
Email: kolekile.ndudula@ecsrac.gov.za

For media queries, contact:
Mr Andile Nduna                                   or                       Mr Sonwabo Mbananga
Cell: 071 411 4820                                                         Cell: 082 045 3963
Email: Andile.Nduna@ecsrac.gov.za                             Email: sonwabo.mbananga@otp.ecprov.gov.za 

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