Cross sections of the African community in South Australia were at the Thebarton Oval Sunday May 25 to celebrate Africa Day in commemoration of the establishment of the Organisation of African Unity on 25 May 1963 at Addis Ababa.
Four soccer teams (Burundi, Congo, South Sudan and Zimbabwe) took part in a tournament to mark the historic occasion. After a gruelling 90 minutes of play on a warm and sunny Sunday afternoon Burundi Football Club won the finals in a penalty shootout against Congo.
The event was organised by the African Communities of South Australia (ACOSA) and Salt Magazine was there to ask the organisers what Africa Day means to them.
Kate Ellis, Federal Member for Adelaide, was at the event. She thanked the organisers of the event and those in attendance for commemorating their heritage and pledged her Party’s ongoing support to the African Community in South Australia.
Chairman of ACOSA David Malinda said it is the first time Africa Day has been celebrated in South Australia and he hopes to continue and increase its popularity for next year’s celebration. “Africa Day is a day for reflection and it is an opportunity for us to think about what we can do for the future” he said.
“It is necessary that we celebrate Africa Day in South Australia and I hope that the local councils will support us just as is done in other states,” said ACOSA’s Secretary Dave Shephard.
Salt Magazine wishes the ACOSA team all the best with their future celebrations.