Monday, 23 September 2019 13:58

The President will tomorrow during National Heritage Day celebrations officially open the Sandile Present Community Library ahead of addressing the nation at the Mxolisi Jacobs Stadium.

The 2019 National Heritage Day celebrations will be hosted by the Northern Cape province in Upington under the theme 'Celebrating South Africa's literacy classics in the year of indigenous languages'.

And the United Nations General Assembly has declared 2019 as the International Year of Indigenous Languages.

Twenty-five years after South Africa's transition to democracy, the Bill of Rights in the Constitution guarantees freedom of linguistic, cultural and religious association as part of promoting and maintaining social solidarity and cohesion.

Meanwhile the Department of Sports, Arts, and Culture has since the beginning of September collaborated with the National Library of South Africa and the Publishers Association of South Africa to produce a volume of works written in African Languages entitled 'Writing in Nine Tongues: A catalogue of Literature and Readers in Nine African Languages for South Africa'.

The catalog showcases more than 4 000 titles in nine African Languages, namely isiNdebele, isiXhosa, isiZulu, Sesotho, Sepedi, Setswana, SiSwati, Tshivenda, and Xitsonga -- written in different genres.