Heritage and Tourism month celebrated in FS


The Free State Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation (DSACR) together with the Caledon River Museum in Mofulatshepe, Smithfield will celebrate the month of Heritage and Tourism today, 01 October 2021.

According to a press statement by the DSACR, the museum houses collections on various themes, ranging from the history of the Basotho, The Bersheeba Massacre and the famous military cannon affectionately known as “Ou Grietjie”.

The aim of the event is to celebrate Heritage & Tourism month under the themes “The Year of Charlotte Maxeke: Celebrating SA’s intangible cultural heritage” and “Tourism for inclusive growth”.

“In South Africa, the term ‘intangible cultural heritage’ is used interchangeably with the term ‘living heritage’. Living heritage is the foundation of all communities and an essential source of identity and continuity,” says the department.

The Provincial Museums Services through Caledon River museum will show respect for the living heritage of the Basotho, Xhosa and Coloured communities which are considered major cultures within the Mofulatshepe community.

“This will be done through showcasing of traditional food and dances as well as indigenous games amongst the abovementioned cultural groups. The museum aims to continuously improve its exhibition through including all aspects of living heritage hence this event,” reads the statement.

Provincial Museums Services acknowledges its social responsibility to ensure that museums are accessible to all citizens and people living with disability. Museums must be observed as places for educational and recreational purposes. Access to museums for people with disabilities should be prioritized and this can only be realised by provision of resources.

Corn Koteli