President Ramaphosa to address Africa Day celebrations

President Cyril Ramaphosa is expected to lead the Africa Day celebrations to be held at the Cradle of Humankind in Krugersdorp this morning.

Africa Day is celebrated throughout the continent in commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity – now known as the African Union – in 1963.

This year will mark 60 years of the founding of the union.

The Presidency said this year’s celebrations will be held under the theme “Deepening the AU Vision for Unity for Africa through Prosperity, Peace and Modernity for a Better Africa and a Better World.”

“The day focuses the nation’s attention on the development of our continent, regional integration, the opportunities offered by the African Continental Free Trade Agreement (AfCTA), and the human, cultural and natural treasures of Africa.

“Africa Day seeks to promote the African Agenda and strengthen the African Union institutions and policies towards the realisation of the continental blueprint, Agenda 2063. Africa Day also places a spotlight on regional integration through people-to-people contact and the harmonisation of skills and expertise to create capacity in all sectors in all countries,” the Presidency said.

The day will kick off with a carnival parade and walk before the beginning of the formal programme at 9am. –

Source: South African Government News Agency