South African National Parks (SANParks) hosted its second annual Cultural and Spiritual Experiences Lecture Series at Mapungubwe National Park and World Heritage Site from 21 to 23 September. The Mapungubwe Cultural Experience Lecture Series intended to celebrate the richness and diversity of South Africa’s cultural heritage.
The keynote speaker for this year’s lecture was Dr Mathole Motshekga, executive director of the Kara Heritage Institute. At a special heritage gathering held under the stars in the heart of the park, he discussed Mapungubwe’s archaeoastronomical and cultural history, and its significance for nation building and social cohesion.
This lecture comes at an opportune time given the country is celebrating Heritage Month, and SANPark capitalized on this opportunity to promote cultural heritage and tourism and also celebrate the richness and diversity of South Africa’s cultural heritage.
The festivities of the weekend were formally opened by the renowned public speaker and accomplished VhaVenda researcher and publisher, Dr MC Neluvhalani who rendered a talk titled: ‘Mapungubwe; Time before time became time’.
SANParks Managing Executive Tourism Development and Marketing, Hapiloe Sello stated, “SANParks are renowned as some of the most beautiful corners of our country, but many do not know that they are also home to important archaeological and heritage sites. Mapungubwe has many cultural gems (sacred sites, indigenous communities, rock art etc.) which are underutilised in terms of promoting cultural tourism.”