Why Heritage Day?

2015-09-16 06:00

CELEBRATE South African cultural diversity

Heritage Day, 24 September, was not originally intended to be an official South African public holiday, but when the Inkatha Freedom Party refused to sign the Public Holiday’s Bill that was being presented to Parliament because it did not include Shaka Day, a day that commemorated the Zulu­ King Shaka, a concession was made in 2005.

Quite aptly, just as King Shaka was instrumental in uniting Zulu clans into a cohesive nation, Heritage­ Day (in place of King Shaka Day) encourages South Africans to come together to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and the diversity of the rainbow nation.

Former president, Nelson Mandela, explained it in a Heritage­ Day speech: “When our first democratically elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation.”

24 September has also become known as National Braai Day

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