Africa Day 2020
Africa Day is celebrated every year on 25 May to commemorate the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (African Union).
Africa Day is intended to celebrate and acknowledge African solidarity, unity in diversity, creativity, challenges and successes. It also celebrates the cultural and economic potential of our continent.
The day gives us a chance to reflect on the progress that Africa has made, while also coming together to find solutions to the challenges that we face on the continent.
During this period the Western Cape will again show our commitment to building a better Africa and a better world in support of the African Union’s Agenda 2063 to build “an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the international arena.”
Agenda 2063 is a 50-year plan to transform Africa into the global powerhouse of the future. “Agenda 2063 encapsulates not only Africa’s Aspirations for the Future but also identifies key Flagship Programmes which can boost Africa’s economic growth and development and lead to the rapid transformation of the continent.”
This year’s theme for Agenda 2063 is Silencing the guns, a plan that aims to end all wars, civil conflicts, gender-based violence, violent conflicts and preventing genocide.
Africa Day is an opportunity for us to reconnect and recommit ourselves in support of all government interventions to develop a united Africa and a better world.
Let’s use this opportunity to remind ourselves of our achievements and opportunities, and use this occasion as an encouragement to strive to improve our province, country and continent every day. Our responsibility is to treat each other with respect and dignity regardless of race, country of origin or beliefs. We need to strive to promote and create an equal opportunity society for all.
If we stand together as one, we can instil a sense of pride and make Africa Better Together.
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