Message from CEO Kevin Roman
Heritage Day was declared a national holiday during the late Nelson Mandela’s presidential term to ensure that nation-building happened not only in government but between neighbours, family and friends.
So what does heritage mean to us, it means to inherit, handed down from generation to generation, belongs to one by reason of birth. Traditions of the past are respected and embraced.
As a country, Brand South Africa’s purpose is to build and maintain a strong brand reputation for South Africa, both domestically and Internationally. In this context, Heritage Day is a day we as South Africans are encouraged to celebrate and remember the various South African cultures and our Heritage. This to be done with the diversity of our beliefs and traditions in mind, in a nation that belongs to all its people.
In our company, Mowana and the Pareto group, we embrace and celebrate the diversity within our own colleagues. In terms of language, background, culture heritage, religion, and politics. We display our commitment to our company by sharing our collective expertise and passion for success. As individuals we express ourselves through creative expressions, such as music and performances, our historical inheritance, language, the food, we eat as well as popular memories.
We spend most of our time awake, at work and must continue to learn from each other’s diversity and embrace change.
When South Africa won the Rugby World, we all celebrated as one “Stronger Together”. A quote by the late Nelson Mandela was recalled in honour of this great achievement for all South Africans.
“My dream would be a multicultural society, one that is diverse. And where every man, woman and child is treated equally. I dream of a world where all people of all races work together in Harmony”. (Nelson Mandela)