The Deputy Minister of Communications, Ms Tandi Mahambehlala, will host a movie day and a dialogue in East London on Friday, 28 July 2017as part of promoting local content and educating the youth about the martyrs like Solomon Kalushi Mahlangu who sacrificed their lives for our freedom. This gives expression to Vision 2030 on embracing our collective history in line with the envisioned diverse, socially cohesive society with a common national identity.
This programme coincides with the centennial celebrations of Oliver Reginald Tambo and July being commemorated as Nelson Mandela month. Respectively these iconic leaders are founding fathers of South Africa’s liberation and constitutional democracy.
The centennial celebrations take place under the theme “Life and Legacy of OR Tambo” and are expected to run until December 2017, whilst the Nelson Mandela Foundation declared that this year the Nelson Mandela Month campaign would focus on fighting poverty under the theme: #ActionAgianstPoverty.
This movie screening and dialogue provides an opportune platform for Youth to draw lessons from the lives of our struggle icons. The Youth is thus given an opportunity to assimilate their values towards the implementation of the NDP – Vision 2030 through dialogue hallmarked on topics such as – My conversation with OR Tambo, Nelson Mandela and Solomon Mahlangu particularly on issues of job creation and gender based violence.
Youthful slacktivism is cardinal to protecting the legacy of stalwarts including OR Tambo, Nelson Mandela, as well as Solomon Mahlangu, and ultimately our constitutional democracy. In the spirit of our late icon, OR Tambo we all need to join together to create a united and prosperous nation as he intended. Let’s celebrate Madiba’s life by doing what he loved.
All South Africans especially the Youth have to play an active role in their communities in improving people’s lives and defending our democracy. Government is determined to ensure that all South Africans, without exception enjoy all the rights enshrined in our Constitution and Bill of Rights.