We are a continent under construction: Mokonyane

Minister of Communication Nomvula Mokonyane

Communications Minister Nomvula Mokonyane said Africa day marked a United Africa without the colonial brackets.

Mokonyane said this in Cape Town at a gathering of Public Relations Practitioners during the Africa Communications Week Conference.

“We as Africans must be able to tell a story that we are a continent under construction. Then we can all be ambassadors. When you communicate, you are either a weapon of mass destruction or a bearer of good news,” she said.

Mokonyane further said Africans were not free until all other fellow African were free from slavery, adding that the continent was still under construction.

She said in order to achieve a united Africa, communication remained a key tool to release that dream.

“The key is communication using Communications and Public Relations as the link to create better relationships between institutions and its citizens.

“We need Africans in positions of influence, the black industrialists, and women in construction and opening up doors for people with disabilities.”

Mokonyane added that government need to create an enabling environment, to embrace indigenous knowledge, which should provide opportunities especially financial aid.

At the same time, various scholars have advocated for the department of basic education to offer at least one or two African languages in their syllabus.

Scholars said the department should consider introducing one, especially in the foundation phase.

During Africa day celebration last year, Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga expressed government’s commitment to see at least 50% of schools offering African language by 2018.

-Afro Voice Reporter