Equipping the young is key – MEC Leeto


The Free State MEC for Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation Mathabo Leeto will round off the Heritage Month celebrations by hosting a special event where children from crèches in Welkom will be engaged in a series of activities that are aimed at promoting heritage and social cohesion.

At the event, children will be imparted with knowledge about the diverse cultures and traditions that make up the Rainbow Nation.

The event will be held at Reitzpark Ng Kerk (Twist Street, Welkom) tomorrow.

“Heritage Month is celebrated through the promotion of traditional attire, diverse cultural expressions, indigenous languages, as well as discussions around what constitutes our heritage.

“The Department encourages our people to cherish their rich and diverse cultural heritage as articulated in the Freedom Charter that the doors of learning and culture shall be opened and that all the cultural treasures of mankind shall be open to all, by free exchange of books, ideas, and contact with other lands,” said MEC Leeto.

On another note, MEC Leeto will host the 2017 edition of the Provincial Youth Camp at Black Mountain, in Thaba-Nchu from 1-7 October.

The purpose of the camp is to inspire patriotism, discipline, and national identity among the youth so that they are mindful of their challenges and environment and are determined to overcome their obstacles using their unique talents.

The Youth Camp aims to reach young people from the different demographic categories: Former inmates, survivors of sexual and drug abuse, and youth dwelling on farms among others.

“Young people are the locomotive in our society and are an important part of our citizenry as a province. Our society also needs young people who are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to move the Free State Province forward,” said Leeto.