SA to celebrate 20 years of freedom
17 April 2013
South Africa's historic 20th anniversary of freedom and democracy next year
promises to be nothing short of spectacular, with government expected to pull out
all the stops, says Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile.
Speaking to SAnews
on Tuesday, Mashatile said government was planning a
spectacular line-up of events in the build-up to the 20th anniversary of freedom and
democracy in 2014.
The planning will start after President Jacob Zuma's address on Freedom Day later
Freedom Day is an annual celebration of South Africa's first non-racial democratic
elections of 1994 and since the dawn of democracy, the country has been
commemorating Freedom Day on 27 April every year.
This year, President Zuma will give the keynote address at the Freedom Day
celebration to be held at the Union Buildings under the theme: "Mobilising society
towards our democracy and freedom," Mashatile
"Of significance is that we will use this year's Freedom Day celebrations to launch a
year-long build-up programme leading up to the historic 20th anniversary of freedom
"As we celebrate our 20th anniversary of liberation, we hope to be joined by the
people of the world, many of whom have made it possible for us to achieve our
freedom and to sustain it for two decades.
"This year during the Freedom Month, the President will [give us] an indication on
how we are going to celebrate the 20th anniversary of freedom and that will be the
beginning of planning for the major celebration next year,” he said.