OVERVIEW OF THE PARK
As we celebrate Africa Day we are mindful of the scars of South Africa’s turbulent past characterised by discrimination based on race, gender and so forth. We understand the tragic consequences as we have experienced them first-hand. It is therefore our duty to play a, if not the, significant role in humanity, freedom, reconciliation and nation building both continentally and internationally. Neither our past or present situation may be unique, but it is the manner in which we managed to transition from a nation plagued by discrimination to a united force that demands respect internationally. We have the ability. We have done it once before. We can and must do it again!
As we conclude Africa Month celebrations, the Education Unit in collaboration with the National Department of Basic Education will commemorate Africa Day in tribute to Nelson Mandela and Albertina Sisulu. As you are aufait with the theme for Africa Day: The Year of Nelson Mandela: “Building a Better Africa and a Better World”. Learners from across Gauteng schools, SADC region representatives and other notable dignitaries will be in attendance. The Department of Basic Education has launched a “Read to Lead” campaign intended to promote the importance of a reading society. The Honourable Minister of Basic Education Angie Motshekga will preside at the event and deliver the keynote address.
Freedom Park mourns the loss of legendary jazz maestro Dr Phillip Tabane. We pay tribute to one of South Africa’s most innovative jazz guitarists who was best known for his hit on the popular local drama Muvhango. He was the quintessential African performer and was lauded with two honorary doctorates in music. He was also part of @ArtsCultureSA Living Legends Legacy Programme. He was awarded the South African Music Awards (SAMA) Lifetime Achievement Prize.