South African Embassy in Greece celebrates Heritage Day: 24 September 2014
“Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy: Tell Your Story that Moves South Africa Forward”
HE Ambassador Sophonia Rapulane Makgetla with Mrs Neva Makgetla
The South African Embassy in Athens celebrated Heritage Day on Wednesday, 24 September 2014, with this year’s theme “Celebrating 20 Years of Democracy: Tell your story that moves South Africa Forward!” The theme encourages South Africans to tell their stories as part of celebrating 20 years of democracy. On this day, South Africans come together to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and diversity thus known as the “rainbow nation”.
In welcoming his guests, South African Ambassador, HE Mr Sophonia R Makgetla, emphasized that this year Heritage Day is celebrated in combination with the 20 Years of Freedom and Democracy. The Ambassador further noted that Heritage Month in South Africa will present an opportunity to remind the nation of South Africa’s rich heritage through oral history narrations, exhibitions, poetry, book reading sessions, music and dance. South Africa is characterized by its fusion of diverse musical forms while South African dance is unique in its vitality and energy. The country’s very rich culinary tradition and its renowned fine wines from the Western Cape make South Africa unique among other nations. In this regard, the many guests had the chance to taste real South African home cooking and listen to the sounds of South African music and dance to rhythms of traditional songs!
Ambassador Makgetla also pointed out that South Africa is home to eight of the 981 World Heritage Sites which are recognised by the United Nations Educational and Scientific Organisation as places of outstanding cultural and historical importance. South Africa will help preserve and spread awareness of its heritage resources as they are not just symbols of our past, but they are the foundation of the future. As the Ambassador stressed, heritage, culture and reconciliation that helped the nation overcome the terrible danger of self-destruction which it faced on the eve of its democracy; thus this year South Africa is celebrating twenty years of Democracy by motivating its people to tell their stories – moving South Africa forward.
Embassy staff members: Mrs Cathy Zoulos, Ms Irene Stamatiou, Mrs Veronia Choma, Mrs Jenny Loucas and Kea Choma (child)
South African Embassy guests
Mrs Jane Mmutlane, Mrs Veronica Choma, 3rd Secretary, Children: Faith Mmutlane and Kea Choma
The Mandela Girls cultural group
Child: Faith Mmutlane and Mrs Zandi Ngubane
Mrs Jane Mmutlane with cultural exhibition doll
Ms Malvina Mavrommatis, Accountant, Ms Brenda Jelle, Corporate Service Manager with exhibition doll dressed with traditional clothes
Ms Brenda Jelle, Corporate Service Manager with exhibition doll dressed with traditional clothes