Together deepening our democracy and celebrating our freedom
Freedom Day is celebrated annually as a reminder of the struggle for a free and just South Africa culminating in the first democratic elections held in 1994 where South Africans of every walk of life participated in the making of our new country. Freedom Day commemorates the first democratic elections held in South Africa on 27 April 1994.
The national 2010 celebrations will be held at the Union Buildings in Pretoria. President Zuma will address the nation and later bestow National Orders on outstanding South Africans and eminent foreign nationals. We call upon all South Africans to claim this day as their own, as they did in 1994.
The Department of Arts and Culture issued a list of artists performing at the national Freedom Day celebrations.
Other events give people from the other provinces the chance to celebrate.
On 27 April 2010 we celebrate 16 years of deepening democracy and freedom in South Africa and the achievements we have made as a nation.
- 27 April marks another milestone in the history of our nation. It is time to reflect and celebrate the journey that we travelled to achieve our freedom and democracy.
- On this day we remember the heroes and heroines from all walks of life in South Africa who sacrificed so much to ensure freedom for the all South Africans.
- Nation building requires every South African, young and old, to recognise the values and principles enshrined in our constitution and avoid behaviour that may impact negatively on society.
- We celebrate a Bill of Rights which distinguishes us amongst the nations of the world and guarantees all South Africans freedom from the repression and hatred which characterised our past. We celebrate living in a system which guarantees that never again will our human dignity be taken from any South African irrespective of their race, gender, creed or sexual orientation.
Freedom Day is for all South Africans
In the spirit of patriotism and promoting social cohesion, we call upon all South Africans to be part of Freedom Day celebrations this year. Government reaffirms its commitment to consolidate democracy and promote cultural diversity and social cohesion in South Africa.
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