South Africa Heritage and Tourism Festival

By Margaret Mouton

30 June 2018



CEO of Freedom Park, Ms Jane Mufamadi

CEO of the Voortrekker Monument, Ms Cecilia Kruger

CEO of SAACI, Mr Rudi van der Vyver

DG of the Department of Arts and Culture, Mr Vusumusi Mkhize

Members of the tourism industry

Members of the media

Ladies and gentlemen

The purpose of the South Africa Heritage and Tourism Festival is deeply rooted in the belief that as South Africans, we have a responsibility to conserve and protect our culture and heritage for current and future generations. And tourism is our chosen vehicle in driving and living that purpose.

The importance of tourism in creating national pride, social cohesions, and local economies, cannot be overstated. In South Africa today, the pressure is immense to support industries that will move our country forward and give people courage to use what they have to improve their livelihoods. The South Africa Heritage and Tourism Festival aims to showcase just how achievable that is with its inaugural event taking place on the 14th, 15th, and 16th of September 2018.


 Pretoria, 30 June 2018. A SA Heritage en Tourism festival which will take place from 14-16 September at the Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park sites is proudly announced by the management of the Voortrekker Monument & Freedom Park.

The festival is aimed at heritage and tourism projects and activities. According to the organiser, Ms Margaret Mouton, heritage tourism builds sustainable development and job creation while communities make their surroundings more attractive. The festival would like to create a platform between the tourism industry and heritage sites and in doing so, conserve the beautiful heritage sites in Tshwane by involving communities in a sustainable manner.

A wide variety of family activities will take place and the organisers plan to make this an annual event. There will be stalls with arts and crafts, food stalls selling indigenous food, a children’s area and an African diaspora fashion show to showcase our rich textile design history. A potjiekos competition, tourism exhibitions and presentations, entertainment on both sites by various artists, cultural dances, fashion show and a whole lot more. Visitors can also take part in a 10km walk or a bicycle race. Pre-booked tours for both sites will be presented exclusively on 14 September. Come and enjoy three days packed with entertainment, knowledge and history.

SA Heritage & Tourism Festival (SAH&TFest 2018) to launch in June

DATE OF EVENT:                        14- 16 September 2018

VENUE:                                       Voortrekker Monument & Freedom Park, Tshwane

The Organisers of SA Heritage & Tourism Festival (SAH&TFest) 2018 and the Executive Management of Freedom Park, Voortrekker Monument, Department of Arts and Culture and partners are proud to announce the SA Heritage and Tourism Festival on the (14 – 16 September 2018) at Voortrekker Monument and Freedom Park in the City of Tshwane, of which the 14th of September 2018 will be exclusive for pre-booked guided tours.

Celebrate the best Tshwane area has to offer with this inaugural South African & African community and family inspired festival which is set to become an annual calendar highlight.  Visitors can enjoy a wide range of local festivities, nature reserve cycling tour and 10km walk, arts crafts and food markets, all indigenous cultural cuisines, have all indigenous cultures represented at the festival, Stalls and exhibition platforms (Tourism, Heritage, Arts and Culture), kiddies area, potjiekos competition, Two Stages at each park, variety of mainstream artists and up and coming artists will perform at the festival, Cultural Dancing, poetry, small player or acts and recitals and so much more