Heritage day means different things to Witsies, while some feel it’s a day to celebrate many different colours in our rainbow nation, other students feel culture is an old fashion notion that’s extinct.
Bachelor of Science masters student, Tlou Boshomane said there is no African but western heritage.
“Africans celebrate heritage in houses built by the missionary, whereas they should be celebrating it in monuments, which are heritage houses, he said
While a student who didn’t want to be named said heritage day means nothing to him as culture is “so outdated”.
I am Venda but can only speak English, don’t think there is a need to know African languages as I communicate with people in English, he added.”
African Languages Head of Department, Dr Mhlambi said heritage is not tied to the language issues. “I believe the issue of heritage is broader to encompass issues of collective racial identity and vision, the African experience or the Black experience and how all of that has robbed us of our racial pride.”
1st year Civil Engineering student, Seane Kanyane said heritage day is an important day in our calendar because we celebrate our historical inheritance, languages, the land we live in as well as the food we eat.
For project management masters student, Thamsanqa Hlongwane, heritage days means celebrating South African unity and diversity.
A Namibian student, Sibusiso Harvey, 2nd year Actuarial Science student, said heritage day means “celebrating our roots and what makes us different from other ethnicities”.
Cuthbert Ramatlo, The Disability Unit editor said, “Heritage day is about the celebration of South Africa’s cultural and traditional diversity and how history has in a way helped all South African citizens to achieve tolerance, understanding and appreciation of difference among us”