19 April 2008

Angola: Culture Official Defends Luanda's Updating Based On Historical Vestiges

Luanda — The modernisation of Luanda city should be carried out based on the maintenance of historical and cultural vestiges of the past, as a way of keeping and continuing with Angola's history, defended Saturday here the director of Culture, Manuel Sebastião.

Speaking to ANGOP in light of the state of monuments and sites of the country, the official stressed that the actions that are being carried out, such as the rehabilitation of infrastructures, should be done without being destroyed, in order for the future generations to learn about the real history of Luanda.

Manuel Sebastião defends that the changes being made to building should be carried out in agreement with the organs of the central and provincial governments, so as to preserve the original architectural traces.

"The preservation and protection of monuments and sites is not an exclusive task of the State. Every structure and the civil society are called for this task, as a way to guarantee the continuance of the country's history ", added the official.

According to the director, the less item that distinguishes us and identifies us as Angolans should be protected to avoid the risk of having a city with only modern buildings. Mr Sebastião also considered that the campaign to be held countrywide by the Culture Ministry will help in tasks of sensitising and educating the society about preserving and protecting cultural and natural heritages.

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