The government will spend R34 million to have the South African flag flying at every school and teach everyone to sing the national anthem.
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Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa today said this was aimed at forging a national identity and unity.
“It is imperative that South Africans know who they are and know their national anthem. People should be encouraged to know those things that unite the country, to have that oneness as a nation,” he said ahead of his budget vote speech in Parliament.
Deputy Minister Rejoice Mabudafhasi said the campaign started last month, when flags were handed to a primary school and a training college in Kimberley.
“Every school should fly the South African national flag,” she said.
Many South Africans mistakenly raised their fist or put their right hand over their heart when singing the national anthem, said Mabudafhasi.
“It is part of their education … We must do it correctly … they must know that when you sing the national anthem it is like a prayer.”
Mthethwa said the ministry would increase its efforts to protect the country’s cultural heritage, honour the heroes of the anti-apartheid struggle in an appropriate and accessible manner, and ensure history was no longer taught from a colonial perspective.