South African Greeks Celebrate Independence Day

Photos: The SAHETI School’s Facebook page

The Hellenic Federation of South Africa on Monday commemorated the 25th of March in 1821, which marks the day Greece regained its independence from the rule of the Ottoman Empire.

Festive celebrations were held at the Greek SAHETI School, on the eastern outskirts of Johannesburg, where pupils participated in the Federation’s program featuring music, folk dancing and a traditional march.

The SAHETI School was established in 1974 by a group of founders under the leadership of advocate George Bizos, a human rights lawyer who campaigned against apartheid in South Africa.

Its doors were open to all, welcoming widely diverse communities to share in its values-driven, universal education.

Today, the SAHETI School is an English-medium, independent school dedicated to the pursuit of excellence, while it still promotes the ethos and values of Hellenism.

The school motto “Know Thyself,” founded in ancient Greek thought, is at the core of the school’s ethos.