Since 1963, the month of May has been officially recognised as Africa Month, in commemoration of the historic founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and its subsequent successor organisation, The African Union (AU), the African continental body that make up the countries of the African continent.
Africa month also seeks to increase the appreciation and demand for arts and culture goods and services, and to stimulate competitive markets for trade among African countries.
We at a local municipal level can become more involved in understanding the culture and knowledge of our African brothers and sisters. We should participate in activities which promote our diverse cultures. I also want to appeal to you not to become involved in Xenophobia, let us embrace our African brothers and sisters from the different parts of the African continent. Let us popularise the SA national flag and the continental flag as well as the National Anthem and the African Union Anthem.
We should try to deepen and expand our knowledge, engage in cultural exchange, sharpen our ideas, but also to face our continental destiny together.