The Durban University of Technology is hosting the 2018 Africa Month celebrations under the theme, “The Year of Nelson Mandela: Building a Better Africa and a Better World! The Month of May has been declared Africa Month, to celebrate the founding of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963, it was on this date that 25 May was declared as Africa Day as a symbol of unity amongst all Africans.
Africa Month is conceptualised within the context of several policies and legislative instruments that guide what South Africa wants to achieve domestically and internationally. In this regard, the principles of the National Development Plan 2030 and Outcome 11 and 14 of the Medium Term Strategy Framework (MTSF) objectives become the pillars of Africa Month.
The DUT Africa Day Celebration will be presented in a form of African village created to provide the look and feel of an African experience. The event will include African food, décor, and artists from the 5 regions of Africa. Elements included in the concept are african clothes, face painting, food and exhibitions by each African country. Students exhibiting African fashion will form part of the event. This is a threshold of a process celebrating, affirming and preserving the rich heritage of Africa’s forebears. This honour is bestowed on the teachings of our ancestors by serving as the catalyst that pragmatically sews a thread of togetherness, humanism and oneness amongst people of different ethnic groups, creeds and religious and traditional persuasions.
Taste of Africa Fair – will bring together various country women and men to showcase in the celebration of indigenous foods of Africa from the 5 African Countries: RSA, ZIM, NIGERIA, SENEGAL & ETHIOPIA
MUT Africa Month Finale: Africa month also recognizes the need for ALL Africans to embrace our collective identity, and rejoice in our unique and rich heritage and culture. Africa day promotes the unity and solidarity. A solidarity peace march will be undertaken, remembering the tragic loss of womens’ lives through Femicides.