Monday, May 24, 2010

ANC pleased on plans for parliament to host Africa Day celebrations

By Ofentse Mokae
24 May 2010


ANC’s parliamentary Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga has welcomed plans for Parliament to host Africa Day celebrations tomorrow.

Motshekga’s office says the 2010 FIFA World Cup provides Africa with an opportunity to demonstrate to the entire world the pivotal role of sport in uniting diverse cultures, fostering unity and promoting peace.

“Given the continent`s history of conflict and instability, the 2010 FIFA World Cup has become a symbol of peace in Africa, and should be used to usher in a new era of unity and stability in the continent,” his office said in a statement.

The office says this year`s celebrations also happen at a time when significant milestones in the resolution of conflicts in Africa are being recorded.

“After decades of conflict, Ethiopia is currently holding elections that could usher in peace and stability in the African country,” the statement added.

Africa Day marks the anniversary of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity, the precursor of the current African Union, in 1963.

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