Masses at the Freedom Day Celebrations in Alice.
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The Provincial government in collaboration with the University of Fort Hare hosted Freedom Day Celebrations at the Sports Complex in Alice on 27 April. Freedom Day is a highly significant day in the history of South Africa, as 22 years ago the country gave birth to its democracy. Premier of the Eastern Cape, Hon. Phumulo Masualle gave the keynote address to the hundreds of people that gathered at the hall to commemorate this day.
“The road to democracy was indeed a long one, and most of the people that fought for the freedom which we pride of today did not see the 1994 democratic elections,” expressed the Premier. He emphasized the importance of reflecting on the significant progress that the country has made thus far, as well as working together in moving South Africa and the province forward because there is more to be done. Masualle applauded the University of Fort Hare for hosting the Freedom Day celebrations in its Centenary year and extended gratitude to the pivotal role the institution played in society and Africa at large. The Programme Directors; MEC Mlibo Qoboshiyane and Pemmy Majodina ensured the crowd was kept entertained by singing revolutionary songs throughout the programme which where a profound reminder of where the country comes from with its democracy. The Vice Chancellor Dr Mvuyo Tom remarked that 1994 brought humanization to dehumanized people. “Freedom has enabled institutions of Higher Learning to function properly, had we not received freedom, the University of Fort Hare would not have achieved all its achieved in the past 22years.” He continued to congratulate Fort Hare in its achievement in the South African Institute of Charted Accountant (SAICA) this year for coming top amongst all other universities. The day was preceded by a 22 km marathon which commenced from Middledrift to Alice. The top 10 runner – ups received their price money and were awarded by the Premier. The event was filled with so much entertainment which created a lively mood. The university choir, praise poets, dancers, scholars and musicians were all there to celebrate and entertain staff, students, community of Nkonkobe and the Eastern Cape Province at large at this prestigious day. By:Athi Zembe