As a nation comprising of a glorious variety of diverse cultures, with most being uniquely South African. Heritage Day offers us the opportunity to absorb and celebrate the various cultures within the country. A day where South Africans are encouraged to celebrate each other’s beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation which belongs to all of its people.
Adding to the day’s celebrations on September 24 , people also participate in National Braai Day. This is to pay tribute to one of South Africa’s most popular culinary and social acts, braaing with friends and family.
Kicking off the celebrations, Amajuba School learners and staff dressed up for the occasion, displaying their heritage for all to see on September 23. Thereby, creating a colourful demonstration of South African pride.
Also in celebration of the day, the SAPS hosted the Basadi Heritage function at the NOFTA Hall.
According to Lieutenant Colonel Brenda Mnqayi, the function brings the month-long Operation of Basadi to an end. The operation focused on women on governmental departments fighting crime within the Newcastle community.
With the event only for women, Lieutenant Colonel Mnqayi says, “The purpose of this event is to celebrate Heritage Day; while strengthening the relationship between members of each government department in the Amajuba District.”
With a sense of camaraderie prevailing at both the SAPS event and at Amajuba school, the celebrations proved that the Newcastle community still has much love to share with each other.
As the country faces various challenges and obstacles in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, corruption within the government, job losses and racial tensions, what are your hopes for Heritage Day this year? How do you feel we can learn from each other’s cultures to unite South Africa?
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Author: Quinton Boucher
Edited: Calvin Swemmer