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Compiled by: Bongani Nhlapo (2010-10-01)

It goes without saying that traditional African customs, practices and the way in which morals are upheld have indeed changed from the days of our fore-fathers. As far as it is to say change is good and inevitable but change can happen as long as that which makes us Africans does not.

“African Heritage” encompasses a variety of aspects key to those aspects is honouring our values and customs, treasuring them and most importantly passing on these values to future generations. Furthermore, African Heritage is putting the values of Ubuntu at the forefront within present day’s changing times. Many a people especially our elders realize that there has been a huge level of decline in the way that the youth conducts itself nowadays and furthermore this has in some way lead to our African values being tarnished, not having the impact that they have and a general lack of direction.

True to say that we the present generation cannot lead the lifestyle that maybe our forefathers lead but the lessons, rituals, rites of passages and principles passed on from generation to generation should not in any way be done away with regardless of modern times.

Heritage I believe has had a positive influence amongst the young as it nurtures in us a sense of pride, dignity and a deeper understanding of who we truly are as the young. African heritage is not only restricted to Black people has its footprints on our White, Indian and Coloured counterparts because we are all children of African soil.

It is however imperative that we learn from other nationalities as Africans to broaden our ideologies of what humanity is. The West has had a huge mark on our people be it positive or negative but it is what we as a people do that really matters.

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  • Donald The Neosapien

    Good topic my man! I feel as though you half-stepped, you did not do the article any justice, as if you just scribbled thoughts together and felt you could submit it as an article. This topics requires extensive research, you could’ve touched on what an elderly person thinks about it, what a typical ‘model C’ young person thinks about it, trace what African Heritage has become in modern days and so on and you hardly explored any angle that shows effort on your part. But oh well, just my construtive crit, hope you do not take it the wrong way. Bip up for writing though, there are few readers and even fewer writers out there.

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  • What say you of those young black South Africans who have been uprooted in the sense that they’ve lost their mother tongue and become urbanised…? would you that they’ve dishonoured their true heritage? If typical urban youth customs like going to clubs etc. has become a new culture of things is it fair to say that this a new heritage for future generations?

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  • Donald The Neosapien

    Good topic my man! I feel as though you half-stepped, you did not do the article any justice, as if you just scribbled thoughts together and felt you could submit it as an article. This topics requires extensive research, you could’ve touched on what an elderly person thinks about it, what a typical ‘model C’ young person thinks about it, trace what African Heritage has become in modern days and so on and you hardly explored any angle that shows effort on your part. But oh well, just my construtive crit, hope you do not take it the wrong way. Bip up for writing though, there are few readers and even fewer writers out there.

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  • What say you of those young black South Africans who have been uprooted in the sense that they’ve lost their mother tongue and become urbanised…? would you that they’ve dishonoured their true heritage? If typical urban youth customs like going to clubs etc. has become a new culture of things is it fair to say that this a new heritage for future generations?

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