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Traditional Healers celebrate their Heritage at Maropeng

Over 100 traditional healers came together at Maropeng on the Heritage Day Weekend- the 23rd and 24th of September, 2023.

Traditional dancers, artists and other cultural practitioners also participated in the event.

“We successfully achieved the objective of promoting awareness of conservation and environmental issues within cultural practitioners, whilst hearing the challenges faced by traditional cultural practitioners including traditional medicine practitioners”, said Dr. Nonhlanhla Vilikazi who led the workshop on the the 23rd of September.

“We believe this event created a dialogue between traditional cultural practitioners and the scientific understanding of ancestry”, said Thulani Mbonambi, Deputy Director for the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site (COHWHS).  “We believe we have opened an important dialogue between some of our major stakeholders which should continue indefinitely into the future.  The Heritage Day of the 24th of September was a celebration of our ancestry and how it is represented in contemporary cultures.  We were delighted to host these important stakeholders at Maropeng, the official visitor centre of the COHWHS”, concluded Mbonambi.

There’s a whole lot of living in Gauteng. There’s a whole lot of living in Gauteng’s only World Heritage Site.  There’s a whole lot of living where human life first began!

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