President Jacob Zuma will host the 2016 Africa Day celebration on 25 May at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, which is the culmination of the celebration of Africa month in May.
Africa Day is celebrated annually on 25 May within the African continent to mark the formation of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963 and the African Union in 2002 and the progress made by the continent since then to advance democracy, peace, stability and socio-economic development.
South Africa rejoined the continent and the international community in 1994 following the dawn of freedom and democracy.
Africa Day 2016 will therefore mark the celebration of 22 years since the country’s reintegration into the OAU/AU and the international community.
“Africa Day provides an opportunity for us to celebrate our African identity. Our country was isolated for decades from the rest of the continent due to the evil system of apartheid colonialism. We are now a full member of the African continent, and since 1994, our continent is correctly the primary focus of our foreign policy,’’ said President Zuma.