The theme of this year’s Heritage Month is ‘Celebrating South Africa’s literary classics in the year of indigenous languages’.

As with all celebrations, the idea is to foster greater social cohesion, nation building and a shared national identity. It is no different in the Overberg. Heritage Month recognises aspects of South African culture that are both tangible and intangible: creative expression such as music, art and literature, our historical inheritance, the language we speak and the food we eat. Heritage Day allows us the opportunity to reflect on and preserve our heritage for future generations.

This year we are blessed with an abundance of celebrations and festivals that are sure to make every resident proud. Not only can we look forward to a bumper Whale Festival, there is also the Ubumnandi Spring Festivities at the Mount Pleasant Sports Field and the GetSavvi Walker Bay 7s. These events follow closely on the heels of the 21st annual Whales and Wheels classic car show, the Hermanus Flower Festival and the Funky Fynbos Festival.

Events such as these give us the opportunity to celebrate our heritage. Our heritage is what makes each of us unique. Although we might not all share the same traditions, our heritage as South Africans is built on the very foundation of our diversity as a nation.

As the theme of this year’s Heritage Month suggests, a good place to start celebrating both our uniqueness and our diversity, is with our indigenous languages. Maybe we as a united community can start by teaching each other our languages.

Let us conclude this Heritage Month on a positive note by not only celebrating our own heritage but also those around us. Let us start learning from and about one another.

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