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President Ramaphosa Wishes The Hindu Community A Joyous Diwali


President Cyril Ramaphosa wishes the South African Hindu Maha Sabha and the South African Tamil Federation and all Hindu community members a joyous Deepavali. 

President Cyril Ramaphosa sends his wishes for Diwali celebrations 

In a rare occurrence, Diwali is celebrated on one day by both the Hindu Maha Sabha and the Tamil Federation, Sunday, 27 October 2019. 

“South Africa’s cultural and religious diversity is derived from the broad spectrum of beliefs, and practices that constitute and enrich our national identity. It is my wish that the religious observances and celebrations associated with the Festival of Lights, will bring families and communities together and that this spirit of togetherness and sharing will radiate throughout the nation in the coming year. Happy Deepavali.”

 President Cyril Ramaphosa

The City of Cape Town has recently let go of designated fireworks sites

Each autumn, the observance of these religious dates sees many people attend firework displays, prayer services and festive events in celebration of the occasion, and this year celebrations are well underway, despite the City of Cape Town recently having decided to not have designated fireworks sites.

The decision was taken to let go of designated fireworks sites, means that the City of Cape Town will no longer provide designated fireworks sites for days of commemoration like Diwali, Guy Fawkes and New Year’s Eve.

However, the Hindu community has expressed concerns as Diwali is a day they need to observe, and the City has made a concession for this tradition:

The City has provided the Athlone stadium parking lot as a designated Diwali fireworks site

The City states that organised fireworks displays can still be applied for, as they have not imposed a ban on fireworks:

“We have simply decided not to have designated City sites this year. However, in the spirit of respecting this Hindu cultural tradition, the City has, in consultation with interested parties, decided to make available the parking lot at Athlone Stadium on Sunday, October 27, for Diwali celebrations.”

 Mayoral committee member for Safety and Security, JP Smith

Matriculants will still have to write Maths paper two on Monday

According to East Coast Radio, the KwaZulu-Natal Education Department has cleared up the confusion around which schools will get a day’s leave following the religious holiday on Sunday; after being accused of being unfair to some schools, when it rejected their request to grant Hindu pupils and staff the day off on Monday. 

KZN Education spokesperson, Muzi Mahlambi, clarified that the granting of Monday as a holiday for Hindu learners, will not exempt matric learners, who will be writing Maths paper two that day.

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