CAPE TOWN– South African Arts and Culture Minister Nathi Mthethwa on Tuesday launched the fourth edition of the commemoration of Africa Month celebrations in Cape Town.

Activities for this year’s Africa Month were outlined at the launch which took place at the Artscape Theatre Centre in Cape Town under the theme, The Year of Nelson Mandela: Building a Better Africa and a Better World”.

The Month of May is declared Africa Month to commemorate the founding of the Organization of African Unity (OAU) on May 25, 1963. It was on this date that 25 May was declared as Africa Day as a symbol of unity amongst all Africans.

Africa Month is conceptualised within the context of several policies and legislative instruments that guide what South Africa wants to achieve domestically and internationally. In this regard, the principles of the National Development Plan 2030 and Outcome 11 and 14 of the Medium Term Strategy Framework (MTSF) objectives become the pillars of Africa Month, the Arts and Culture Department said on Monday.

By establishing the OAU in May 25, 1963, now known as the African Union, Africa became a pioneer by being the first continent to focus on and encourage nation building through unity and freedom from oppression, it said.