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Apr 26 2012 10:31AM
 
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TNA Reporter

All eyes will be on Pretoria tomorrow when the country marks Freedom Day.

A full programme to mark South Africa's transition to freedom from the apartheid regime in 1994 starts at Freedom Park on Salvokop with a wreath-laying ceremony at democratic South Africa's first national monument.

This will be followed by a presidential keynote address under the theme "working together to build unity and prosperity for all" at the seat of government, the Union Buildings.

Preceding Zuma's address a cultural parade will depart Jubilee Park and move to the Union Buildings grounds.

The Department of Arts and Culture said the parade will showcase all local cultural groups and will also include people from Burundi, Eritrea, DRC, Angola, Zimbabwe and Rwanda.

A full cultural programme has also been planned for the south lawns to keep the large crowd expected to attend entertained after the presidential address.

The crowd will be entertained by the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra, the Lucky Dube Band, the Freddy Arendse Ensemble, Ladies of Jazz, Liqui Deep, Napo Mashiane, Itumeleng Koma, Soweto Marimba Youth League and DJs Black Coffee and Zinhle.

To ensure maximum participation Arts and Culture Minister Paul Mashatile's department has also arranged for a children's corner so that parents can listen to President Jacob Zuma's speech and enjoy the music.

In addition to jumping castles, face painting, a properly supervised shooting tunnel, indigenous games and balloon sculpting, children will also be able to interact with animals at an "animal farm" managed by professional child minders.

Also on the presidential diary for the day is the duty of conferring national orders on deserving citizens and foreign nationals.

Zuma will honour two people with the Order of Mendi for Bravery, six with the Order of Ikhamanga, eight with the Order of the Baobab, eight with the Order of Luthuli and four with the Order of the Companions of OR Tambo. – 701176

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