PRETORIA, A high-level delegation from South Africa will descend on the town of Dodoma in Tanzania this week to celebrate the road to liberation of African countries and the role which countries like Tanzania played in the struggle for freedom.
The delegation will include Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa, Co-operative Governance and Traditional Affairs Minister Des Van Rooyen, directors-general from various government departments and senior government officials. They will participate in a Ministerial Roundtable to be held under the theme, "Roads to Independence: African Liberation Heritage".
The Department of Arts and Culture says the project, which is endorsed by the United Nations, has the potential to strengthen people-to-people co-operation using culture. It will allow South Africans and the continent's people to appreciate that the DNA of a liberated southern Africa and the continent as a whole lies in Tanzania.
It has the potential to contribute towards carrying out the responsibility to ensure that current and future generations know that we fought for the independence and development of our people and our countries, the department says.
Activities around this project should be able to connect all Southern African countries and educate young people about the roots of the continent, says the department.
The project first focuses on Tanzania and the southern African region, whose liberation movements were based in Tanzania. These countries are Angola, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and South Africa.
The South African chapter of the project, called the Resistance and Liberation Heritage Route, is a national memory project aimed at commemorating and celebrating South Africa's road to independence. The Cabinet established an Inter-Ministerial Committee to oversee this project and provide political leadership.
The four-day meeting in Dodoma will be preceded by preparatory interactions of senior government officials and directors-general ahead of the main ministerial gathering. At the senior officials' meeting, South Africa will be represented by Directors General from the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS), Department of Arts and Culture, Public Works Department, Military Veterans Department, as well as the South African Heritage Resources Agency.
Representatives from other countries in the Southern African Development Community (SADC), which supported the struggles for independence, have also been invited to the meeting.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK