South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will deliver the keynote address at the national celebration of Africa Day at the Cradle of Humanity Park (Gauteng province) on Thursday 25 May.
Africa Month is one of several thematic months, such as Freedom Month and Youth Month, coordinated by the South African Department of Sport, Arts and Culture.
Africa Month 2023 takes place under the theme "Deepening the AU Vision for Unity, Prosperity and Modernity for a Better Africa and a Better World".
On this day, countries on the continent celebrate the creation 60 years ago of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) and its transformation 20 years ago into the African Union (AU).
"Africa Day is a day that focuses our minds on the development of our continent, regional integration, the opportunities offered by the African continental free trade agreement and Africa's human, cultural and natural treasures," reports the South African government's official website.
For the president, the day will be of personal significance as it will mark four years since his inauguration as South Africa's fifth democratically elected president.
South Africa is honoured that Felix Antoine Tshisekedi, president of the Southern African Development Community, and Azali Assoumani, president of the African Union Commission, president of the Comoros, will deliver messages at the event, which will also feature cultural performances and other events.