Celebrated every year on 24 September, South Africans across the country are encouraged to take the time out to appreciate the diversity of the nation by celebrating their traditions and beliefs.
Our heritage can be seeing as being the essence of our identity. It speaks of what the nation has endured, its achievements, and how these will affect its residents in the future.
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This annual event is marked by people wearing traditional dress, gathering around a fire with friends and families and visits to destinations that mark our unique natural cultural landmarks.
In an address marking Heritage Day in 1996, former President Nelson Mandela stated, "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."
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Why not celebrate Heritage Day by checking out some of these cool events across Mzansi:
What: Afriman & Miniman Duathlon
Where: 104 Apies River Road Vastfontein, 0120 Pretoria
When: 24 September, 07:00 - 15:00
Cost: Click or tap here for more information
Taste the heritage
What: Heritage Day Buffet Braai
Where: Waterkloof Guest House
When: 24 September, 11:00
Cost: R350 per person. Booking is limited and essential. Call 012 460 2014 or email email@example.com to make a booking.
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Celebrate your natural hair
What: Johannesburg Natural Hair Expo
Where: Constitutional Hill
When: 24 September, 08:00
Cost: Free for kids under 12. General entry cost R120 (Free ConHill tour + entry), Earlybird tickets cost R150 (Goodie bag + Free ConHill Tour + entry).
Run the city your way
What: FNB Joburg 10k City Run
Where: Mary Fitzgerald Square - Newtown Precinct
When: 24 September, 08:00
Cost: R170 for standard entry. R850 for the gold package (Race entry, timing chip, shuttle service to start & exclusive access to VIP area with refreshments and massage)
Check out the birds
What: Nature Lovers Walk
Where: The Bryanston Country Club
When: 24 September, 15:00
Cost: Contact David Munslow for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org
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What: Secret Sunrise-Heritage Day-The Grass Roof
When: 24 September, 07:30 - 08:30
Where: Grass Roof
Cost: R85 - R100. Tickets available here
Get out and get braaing
What: National Braai Day 2018 at Bluewater Bay Surf Lifesaving Club
Where: Bluewater Bay Surf Lifesaving Club
When: 24 September, 10:00 - 23:59
Cost: R40 entry. Book tables in advance by calling Jeanette at 071 7770486
Enjoy flavours of the world. Dine differently.
What: La Banquet Heritage
Where: Windmill Boulevard, Windmill Casino
When: 24 September, 12:30
Cost: R100 - R150. Tickets can be purchased here
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Cape Town and surrounds
Celebrate African culture
What: The AfroFest Cape Town 2018
Where: Various locations across Cape Town. Find out more here
When: 24 September, 11:00 - 17:00
Cost: TBA. Follow the Facebook page for more information
Chill out with Evita
What: Evita's Heritage Day
Where: Evita Se Perron, Darling
When: 24 September, 14:00 - 15:00
Cost: Phone 022 4923930 or email@example.com to book your tickets
Freedom songs at Robben Island Museum
What: Robben Island Museum South African Freedom Songs
Where: Ampitheatre, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town
When: 23 September, 12:00 - 17:00
Celebrate diverse culture and heritage
What: Alter Concepts African Festival 2018
Where: V&A Waterfront, Ampitheatre
When: 24 September, 12:30 - 14:30
Grow food and your knowledge
What: Heritage Day Food Garden Tour
Where: Boschendal Estate, Pniel Road, Franschhoek - The Werf Food Garden
When: 24 September, 10:00 - 12:00
Cost: R110 per person including a bottle of water and a coffee. For bookings, contact +27 (0) 21 870 4274 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Live music, wine and good food
What: Neethlingshof Heritage Day Lunch
Where: Neethlingshof, Polkadraai Rd, Stellenbosch
When: 24 September, 11:00 - 16:00
Cost: Call 021 883 8988 or email email@example.com for bookings.
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What: in_herit Festival 2018 (Facebook event)
Where: Iziko Museums in and around Cape Town - find the list and addresses here.
When: 24 - 30 September, 10:00 - 17:00 daily
Cost: Free entrance to selected Iziko Museums during Heritage Week from 24-30 September 2018. The Iziko Planetarium and Digital Dome is half-price on Heritage Day. The Castle of Good Hope and Groot Constantia are free only on Heritage Day.
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