An author who comes from humble beginnings in Qwaqwa and now resides in Bloemfontein, Mohale Matsuma, is set to launch his first book, Responsible Citizenship and Patriotism, in April this year.
According to Matsuma, who is a human capital solutions entrepreneur and consultant by profession, he wanted the title to carry the weight of the message the book seeks to disseminate and promote.
Matsuma told Bloemfontein Courant that the publication explains the foundation of the citizenship status of the Republic of South Africa and how it is acquired. In addition, it looks at the values of the Constitution and its guarantees.
“It defines the concepts of responsible citizenship and patriotism, including the various types of patriotism. It looks at how the Constitution protects the diversity of South African languages. It also looks at the evolution of national symbols, as well as the national flora and fauna emblems of the Republic of South Africa. It further explores the evolution of the national flag and its protocol. It encourages citizens to rally behind the national flag and embrace it as a symbol of unity. Lastly, it introduces the concept of ethics,” Matsuma explained.
The author, who holds multiple qualifications, including Honours Degrees in Industrial and Organisational Psychology and Industrial Relations from the University of the Free State and Stellenbosch University respectively, hopes his book contributes towards the building of a united society that shares a common destiny of diverse people who live in harmony. “I would like the public to see and accept the book as a contribution towards building a united nation rather than an expression of a political opinion,” he said.
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