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24. September 2019

President Ramaphosa Urges South Africans to Embrace their Indigenous Languages

President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his address at the main Heritage Day celebrations at the Mxolisi Jacobs Stadium in Upington. The President said promoting indigenous languages was an important instrument that could be used to preserve the country's heritage.

The president opened a public library in Upington earlier in the day where he read to school children. Ramaphosa encouraged South Africans to learn their languages in order to understand their identities.

“Language is the great transmission line that binds us to our forebears, our ancestors. As mentioned earlier, language really is the identity it actually speaks to your identity as a person.”

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