The Provincial Heritage Day event being organized by the Eastern Cape provincial government will be used to celebrate the role played by Canon James Calata in the liberation struggle against colonialism and racial oppression in South Africa.

As part of this event, Premier Lubabalo Oscar Mabuyane will unveil a marble and granite memorial built as the heritage legacy project dedicated to the life, legacy and the celebration of the 125 years since this progressive religious leader and political icon was born in Keiskammahoek in 1895.

Canon James Calata was influential in the African National Congress (ANC) in the 1930s to 1940s, with religion and politics being inseparable concerns in his life. Calata believed that christianity would never develop genuine roots in South Africa until African grievances were dealt with and democracy prevailed.

Heritage Month, which recognizes tangible and intangible South African cultural aspects such as creative expressions, music, performing arts, language, food and popular memory, is celebrated annually during the Month of September.

South African Government has strategically positioned Heritage Month as a vehicle to promote cultural diversity, multiculturalism, nation building, unity and social cohesion.

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

Date   : 25 September 2020

Time   : 10h00

Venue: St Matthews Anglican Church, Keiskammahoek


For RSVP, contact:


Mr Sivuyile Ngaba

Cell: 071 403 5294

Email: sivuyile,


For media queries, contact:


Mr Andile Nduna

Cell: 071 411 4820


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