May 25, 2013
Happy Africa Day!
Stuart Buchanan is a journalist, blogger, and online writer for Flow Communications.
He grew up in Durban and has lived in various parts of South Africa and the UK, before finally settling on Cape Town. He often wonders why anyone would want to live anywhere else.
Today is Africa Day, in commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity in 1963, which became the African Union in 2002.
Although not a public holiday in South Africa, the day is still recognised as an important celebration of African unity. This year will be the 50th celebration of Africa Day.
"Africa is the continent on which we are situated, with which we feel a sense of kinship and whose histories and problems are inseparable from ours," said University of Cape Town's deputy vice-chancellor, Professor Thandabantu Nhlapo.
Indeed, many overseas visitors see South Africa as their gateway to the rest of the continent, and Cape Town as the ideal place to experience a mix of African influences and European heritage. Equally, Africa remains a pillar of the South African tourism economy, and arrivals from the region have maintained solid growth of 8.5% over the last year.
We continue to enjoy good tourism relations with our African neighbours, and look forward to Africa Day celebrations!
Celebrate Africa Day at Artscape
The Artscape Theatre Centre celebrates Africa Day with a concert featuring the Indigenous Orchestra and well-known Western Cape choirs, directed by Bongani Sotshononda. The festivities also include a performance by soprano Friedel Mitas accompanied by the Cape Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The show starts at 19h30 and tickets costs R80.
Toast Africa at Gugs Wine Fest
It is also the second day of the Gugulethu Wine Festival, where music, food, entertainment and good times will be as free-flowing as the selection of great local wines. Come and experience the entrepreneurial spirit of Africa at this event, now in its third year.