UDM Release: Heritage Day 2012
During September, South Africans take the time to recognise their culture (in unity and diversity), such as creative expression, our historical inheritance, language, the food we eat as well as the land in which we live.
South Africans, post 1994, face a number of issues and reconciliation is an ongoing process. As a Nation we still have to work hard to cross the cultural divide and to understand each other.
It is natural that people from various backgrounds, experiences and perspectives would generate unique ideas and solutions to problems. But the failure to properly manage diversity whether in cultural, religious or ethno-linguistic terms could pose a serious challenge to social cohesion.
The political leadership and civil society, therefore, have an important role to play in building a common set of values that bind our diverse peoples together.
We must promote the notion that variety is a national asset. We need to preserve and protect our cultural and linguistic diversity, rather than build regional and international relations that seek to assimilate and conform to the hegemony of Western culture.
The United Democratic Movement wishes every South African a wonderful Heritage Day.
Mr Bongani Msomi
UDM Secretary General
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