Heritage Day on Friday 24 September this year will recognize and celebrate the cultural wealth of our nation.
People do not write, read or relate to heritage. Heritage is, rather curated and conserved, possessed and performed.
Heritage is art factual more than textual; it is realized in material objects such as works of art or craft, tools and buildings, sites, special places and even whole landscapes, or else it is performed in speech or dress, in ritual, ceremony, dance or song.
Our government remains committed to work with all our people to develop our art forms, including dance, and to build our collective heritage as a nation. Such is a country with many connected dances that bring joy to all of us.
We should celebrate who we are and what we have as a nation. The focus should be on our national symbols, notably the National Flag and National Anthem. The objective is to instill national pride – growth of the nation. Children should be taught the meaning of the colours of the National Flag, the symbolism of the National Court of Arms and the meaning of the National Anthem composed by Enoch Sontonga, among other things.
Far North Secondary School serves the Zandspruit Informal Settlement community though it is in Cosmo City. The school is located in ward 100 since its establishment in 2014. The school is Quantile 1 with a feeding scheme. It has 4 Grade 8 classes, 4 Grade 9 classes, 5 Grade 10 and 3 Grade 11 classes and in 2016 will grow into Grade 12.
When the school was established, there were 713 learners with 45- 50 learners per class and 16 classrooms in total. The school has no school library, hall and playing fields for the learners. Learners travel by buses from Zandspruit to come to school every day, a 10 minute drive. Learners’ ages range between 13 and 19 years.
Mzukona Mantshontsho is the founder of Nyakaza Media Solutions. Nyakaza Media Solutions is an organisation that was established to help community organisations, business entities, and schools to research, write, document, report, analyse, edit, publish newsletters or bulletins in hard-copy, on-line and maintain websites with the relevant content as per the editorial policy of that organisation, school or entity.
Nyakaza Media Solutions has a vision to promote and bring dialogue to communities, businesses and schools about issues that affect them.
Nyakaza Media Solutions is on a mission to develop and encourage communities, businesses and learners to celebrate the good, applaud excellence, welcome growth, strive to be better individuals, businesses and communities, want more knowledge, discourage bad and counter-productive behaviour as well as communities, businesses and learners that want to be great SOUTH AFRICANS.
Nyakaza Media Solutions is making use of Yo School Magazine as a platform that learners in all schools to make use of to write their stories.