Traditional attires and ululations were the order of the day when Lepelle-Nkumpi Municipality Mayor Cllr. Meriam Molala celebrated Heritage Month with employees at the Civic Centre. Employees showed up in their colourful clothing with accessories such as beaded headbands, bangles, Hele, xibelani and metsheka to showcase different cultural backgrounds.

Mayor said: "I am a proud Pedi woman and I put on this attire with pride as it symbolises our identity. Each Pedi woman should own a set of traditional attire not only to celebrate Heritage Day but to celebrate their roots and love of their culture. Our clothes normally comprise bright colours as it represents happiness meaning we showcase our love and happiness through our clothes. If you want to be good looking in the attire, one must wear hele (the inner fabric that we tie on our waist) and the top part we wear, metsheka. These must match the moruka you wear on your head".

Heritage Month serves as a catalyst for social-cohesion and nation building. Government calls on all South Africans to use Heritage Month to foster greater social cohesion, nation building and a shared national identity, through our multilingual diversity and unique heritage, we can strengthen our unity and build a cohesive society. The celebration of Heritage Month has created a conducive environment for all people to embrace and celebrate what was inherited or bequeathed to us by our forebears.