South Africa: Together We Will Make Our Continent the Tree of Life

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KwaZulu-Natal premier uses Africa Day 2020 to call on young African professionals in Africa and the Diaspora - doctors, engineers and scientists - to return to their ancestral land for the reconstruction and development of Africa.

We commemorate Africa Day each year on 25 May. It was on this day in 1963 that the Organisation of African Unity was formed to promote the unity and development of Africa.

This is befitting as we recall that the year 2020 marks 60 years since 17 African countries achieved independence from colonial rule. Historians referred to 1960 as "The Year of Africa", a year which inspired great hope to Africans on our continent and those in the diaspora.

On Africa Day we remember the caution from a pan-Africanist visionary par excellence, Dr Kwame Nkrumah who said on Africa Day in 1963 in Addis Ababa:

"So many blessings must flow from our unity; so many disasters must follow from our continued disunity, that our failure to unite today will not be attributed by posterity only to faulty reason and lack of courage, but our capitulation before the forces of imperialism."

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