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King Zwelithini teaches on climate change
15 September 2011, 11:23 AM

Zulu Monarch, King Goodwill Zwelithini lambasted those he called savages of the environment. The King was speaking at a tree planting ceremony in Nongoma. The event was linked to the annual reed dance. The dance is a symbol of purity. At least 30 000 maidens presented their reeds to the King. This year the event incorporated environmental concerns. For every reed laid, a tree was planted. This was in anticipation of the COP17 climate change meeting taking place in the province later this year.

The increasing temperatures across the country is a sign that no one is immune to the effects of global warming

“People must find alternative ways to hunt and I urge them to live environmentally friendly lifestyles,” said King Zwelithini President Jacob Zuma praised the King for the initiative and reiterated government’s committment to combatting the effects of climate change. The King says the increasing temperatures across the country is a sign that no one is immune to the effects of global warming. He urged his subjects to care for the environment.

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Sharing our diversity – part 3
14 September 2011, 3:31 PM

Take a closer look at the Zulu, Xhosa and Tsonga cultures.

This video contains music, song, dance, dress and other ceremonies of the proud Zulu nation.

This video contains music, song, dance, dress and other ceremonies of the proud Xhosa nation.

This video contains music, song, dance, dress and other ceremonies of the proud Tsonga nation.

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Sharing our diversity – part 2
14 September 2011, 3:10 PM

Here we take a closer look at the Sotho, Swazi and Ndebele cultures.

This video contains music, song, dance, dress and other ceremonies of the proud Southern Sotho nation.

This video contains music, song, dance, dress and other ceremonies of the proud Northern Sotho nation.

This video contains music, song, dance, dress and other ceremonies of the proud Swazi nation.

This video contains music, song, dance, dress and other ceremonies of the proud Ndebele nation.

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Sharing our diversity
14 September 2011, 2:59 PM

South Africa has many cultural groupings making up the Rainbow Nation. For the recent Heritage Day in 2010 the SABC decided to celebrate the event with an exhibition in the foyer of Broadcast Centre in Johannesburg. Share this celebration of diversity with us.

This video contains music, song, dance, dress and other ceremonies of the proud Khoisan nation.

This video contains music, song, dance, dress and other ceremonies of the proud Tswana nation.

This video contains music, song, dance, dress and other ceremonies of the proud Venda nation.

This video contains music, song, dance, dress and other ceremonies of the proud Afrikaans nation.

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Rainbow Nation
14 September 2011, 2:41 PM

Heritage Day is a Public Holiday on which South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged to celebrate their cultural heritage and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.
Nelson Mandela used the phrase “rainbow nation” to describe South Africa’s diverse cultures, customs, traditions, histories, and languages. September 24 is a celebration of that diversity.

Heritage Day is about reminding us who we are, where we come from and where we are going to. We encourage everyone to eat our food, hear our music, see our our dances and experience our diverse and beautiful country.

SA Tourism shares their thoughts in 2010 on the significance of Heritage Day (September 24).

On 24 September 2010, South Africa celebrated national Heritage Day, promoting our cultural expressions and diverse heritage, which together contribute to building our nation. President Jacob Zuma delivered a keynote address at the national Heritage Day celebrations held at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban.

A country’s heritage is all the qualities, traditions, or features of life there that have continued over many years and have been passed on from one generation to another. In South Africa we have a rich and diverse heritage, encompassing manycultures and traditions. Our landscape is truly unique, from the magic of the bush to the desolation of the Karoo.

Video footage from Aquavision’s Natural History Archive.

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