Heritage Day: what do we celebrate?
Fashion Sep 03, 2018
Heritage Day: what do we celebrate?
What is your heritage? South Africa is a diverse, beautiful country, made up of many different cultures. The story of how we got here varies greatly. More than anything, at this time, it’s important for us to celebrate our differences, because our differences are what strengthen us as a collective.
Here are some aspects that make our country great:
The Constitution – The fabric of our nation.
Co-written by the current president of the country, Cyril Ramaphosa, the Constitution was a hard-fought for document of law that binds our country to universal concepts of justice. It is rightly regarded as one of the most liberal, fair, and legalistically altruistic code of laws in the world. While this doesn’t mean everything works out okay, it does mean there’s recourse. We can be proud of our judges, who time after time, have made decisions in line with this important document that have repaired or spared people’s rights.
Despite the dark days of the past, we as a nation were able to come into the light – and design a shield to defend us all. It is representative of our shared heritage:
Human rights, above all else.
Not to exclude any of the many great struggle heroes in our country’s history, but Madiba’s legacy to us was special in instilling a new system where we, at least, were encouraged to be kinder, more understanding, of each other. His ‘Madiba Magic’ has seen a lot of investment over the last two decades, and he left us with pearls of wisdom and an understanding of what forgiveness means. In many ways, we are still a young country, doing the best we can, but he was our founding father – and his example shows the way towards a better future for us all.
We honour him still, even though he’s since departed.
South African cuisine.
There’s nothing more special than our food. Meals are what bind us to our family and to our friends. What would South Africa be like if we didn’t have the braai? That intimate occasion where we stand or sit by a fire enjoying local beer or Western Cape wine, while preparing delicious boerewors and lamb chops? Especially when drizzled afterwards with chakalaka. Yum!
Not to mention the pap. Nothing quite tastes as great without a nice helping of pap. Then there’s biltong, South Africa’s favourite cured meat snack. Do you get more South African than that?
And if you haven’t had a potjiekos in a while, grab some beef and make a stew for Heritage Day. Delectable!
If it’s one thing we all share in common, it’s how much we love our sport! Whether it’s sundowners watching Mamelodi Sundowns, the perfect seating spot to see the Proteas smashing sixes or sharing our home with all and sundry for a Springbok game, South Africans really know how to bond over sports.
Nothing makes us happier than snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, like in the Rugby World Cup 1995, or more mournful than when we exited the FIFA World Cup in 2010. Yet in the latter case, we being the sturdy, stalwart nation we are, remained the best of hosts to all the nations of the world who had flown to our shores. And we all had fun picking our favourite teams to support all the way to the Finals.
That’s because part of our heritage is warmth and welcoming. All our various cultures make it a big part of who we are to let the door open and share our space with our guests.
The FIFA World Cup was our moment. We didn’t disappoint. The stadiums that we now use for big events, like the world’s stars playing concerts there, is our heritage from those days.
How will you spend this Heritage Day? May we suggest visiting us over the long weekend. Rosebank Mall, after all, has its own unique heritage, the Rosebank Art & Craft Market, a treasure trove of treats to discover within its stalls.