Heritage Day is one of the most important special days celebrated by the KZN Museum annually. The day is commemorated in various ways; guided by theme issued by the department of Arts and Culture for Heritage Month each year. Commonly the day is celebrated to encourage and demonstrate South Africa’s diversity heritage; promote acceptance and respect among South Africans. 2019 Heritage Day was commemorated on the 20th of September 2019. The theme for 2019 Heritage Month; September was “Celebrating South Africa’s literary classics in the year of indigenous languages”. In line with the theme; this year’s commemoration intended to promote local content that serves to tell South African stories, heighten self-understanding, deepen consciousness and assert South Africa’s pride in the world. Guests from two institutions; Indoni SA and Impunga Yesintu were invited to participate. These organizations promote moral regeneration; social cohesion and skills development; hence their relevance to the programme. KZN Department of Arts & Culture Language Services was invited to the programme as well. Senior citizens from Sobantu and Youth from Mkhambathini were invited to participate and be part of the audience for the programme. Dr. G. Laue also presented on Heritage: people, objects and their stories which preluded opening Heritage Display on the First Floor. Mr. Mlekeleli Mbanjwa from Impunga Yesintu gave a brief but thoroughly insightful speech on Creative Writing in Indigenous Languages and further elaborated on the nature and content of two books that he has published i.e. Amava Ahlabahlosile; launched recently and Sithin’ Isintu. Dr. T. Biyela of Indoni SA deliberated on various aspects of culture; and ways in which culture can be used to strengthen Social Cohesion and forging National Unity among South Africans. Mr. M.M. Nhlapho from KZN DAC focused his speech on the significance of indigenous languages in the quest of Nation-Building and achieving national unity among diverse South African societies. All the talks were relevant to the theme, concise and very informative. During Heritage Day Celebration a new temporary display - Things and Their Stories: Display of Personal Objects was opened. This temporary display is made up of items of personal significance to the staff members of the KZN Museum. The display will be on for a year at the Museum.
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Take a moment to think of all the nursing professionals today, International Nurse Day. We appreciate everything that you do, not just during this pandemic but every single day. Thank you for being the heart of healthcare. We salute you!