This Heritage Day, hundreds of people gathered to join in the Heritage Day Parade that took place in Tshwane.
The Jewish community built an ARK, a floating library, which was filled to the brim with educational and inspirational books for an underprivileged community.
Click here to view a snippet of our Heritage Day parade.
On 30 September, the leadership of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) and SA Zionist Federation (SAZF) met with Minister of Home Affairs Mr Malusi Gigaba to address statements made by Deputy Minister Obed Bapela in an article in the Sunday Times on 6 September 2015.
The delegation thanked the Minister for his clarification of the issues regarding dual citizenship at a press statement within that week. They explained why the Deputy Minister’s comments had been so hurtful to the Jewish community and why they had caused such concern.
The Minister re-emphasized that dual citizenship was allowed and governed by the Citizenship Act, and that no review of dual citizenship was underway or anticipated in the foreseeable future by the Department of Home Affairs.
Minister Gigaba also reiterated the South African Government’s zero tolerance of antisemitism and any other form of racism.
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Issued on 1 October 2015
Yesterday South African Jewry celebrated National Heritage Day alongside thousands of many diverse South Africans, as we joined together in a parade through the streets of Tshwane (Pretoria). The SA Jewish community float took the form of an ARK containing a library filled with books collected from the learners from our Jewish Schools. The library was presented to the Mayor of Tshwane as a donation to the Arcadia Primary School, in that City. Many members of our Joburg and Pretoria communities came to join the celebration.
The Jewish ARK created huge interested in the participants, and many took pictures of our float and spontaneously danced to the Jewish music, as it made its way through the streets of the city.
It was a celebration of the richness of cultural diversity in our Rainbow Nation. The Jewish community expressed itself as proudly Jewish and proudly South African and it is hoped that the concept of the Acts of Random Kindness will have a lasting impact, beyond yesterday’s carnival.
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Charisse Zeifert writes for The Sunday Times. Read the full article here here: Sunday Times article