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Let’s build a heritage we can be proud of

Note to editors:  This speech was delivered by the DA’s Member in the NCOP, George Michalakis MP today, during the Heritage Day Debate in Parliament.  Honourable Speaker The Greeks have a word, much like our own Ubuntu, that cannot be translated.  It represents a set of values and is considered one of the highest virtues. …

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Mismanagement of Heritage on Robben Island is an insult to Madiba

Note to editors:  This speech was delivered by DA Shadow Minister of Tourism, James Vos MP today, during the Heritage Day Debate in Parliament.  Shortly before he died, French President Francois Mitterrand was asked how he thought history would judge him.  “It all depends on who is writing it” he replied. As we celebrate our…

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What is the legacy of the fifth Parliament ?

Note to editors:  This speech was delivered by the DA’s Shadow Deputy Minister of Basic Education, Desiree van der Walt MP, during the Heritage Day Debate in Parliament.  Agbare Speaker, Volgende week herdenk Suid Afrika Erfenisdag. ‘n Dag waarop ons moet besin oor ons erfenis, dit wat ons as Suid Afrikaners van geslagte voor ons…

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Women’s crucial role in shaping SA’s heritage

Note to editors:  This speech was delivered by the DA’s Shadow Minister of Water and Sanitation, Nosimo Balindlela MP, today, during the Heritage Day Debate in Parliament. Honourable Speaker, Our heritage does not only consist of valued objects and buildings or the natural wonders of our country, it is also the cultural traditions, practices and beliefs that…

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The ANC is the past, the DA, the future

Note to editors:  This speech was delivered by DA’s National Spokesperson, Phumzille van Damme MP today, during the Heritage Day Debate in Parliament.   Honourable Speaker, A sense of heritage is a feeling in the soul of every human being. It is sense of belonging with a group of people. A sense of identity, dignity and…

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Minister must come clean on mystery Rhino Panel

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Edna Molewa, must once and for all reveal who the so-called ‘panel of experts’ are which the Department has engaged to advise it on the feasibility of the rhino horn trade.   For some time now, the identity of the individuals concerned has remained a closely-guarded secret.   I have…

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