#SAHeritage: Heritage Day events to make you feel proudly South African

2018-08-27 19:00
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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."

SEE: How to turn your Heritage Day into a 5-day holiday

Why not celebrate Heritage Day by checking out some of these cool events across Mzansi: 


Get active

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 info@waterkloofguesthouse.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)

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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 munslowcoach@tiscali.co.za

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Port Elizabeth

Express yourself

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 bookings@evita.co.za 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

Cost: Free 

Celebrate diverse culture and heritage

What: Alter Concepts African Festival 2018

Where: V&A Waterfront, Ampitheatre

When: 24 September, 12:30 - 14:30

Cost: Free  

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 reservations@boschendal.co.za 

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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 info@neethlingshof.co.za for bookings. 

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In_Herit Festival

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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