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Heritage Day, National Braai Day

Posted on: September 17, 2013

South Africa didn’t always celebrate Heritage Day. The day was only officially declared a public holiday after the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) objected to its omission from the proposed Public Holiday Bill. Formerly known as Shaka Day, the 24th of September was celebrated in recognition of the legendary Zulu king, King Shaka Zulu.

Today, 24 September is a day specially dedicated to encourage people from all walks of life to embrace their cultural and ethnic traditions, and enhance and appreciate the rich cultural diversity that is South Africa.

Government determines a theme for every year’s celebration. This year, the Department of Arts and Culture will host the 2013 National Heritage Day celebration in partnership with the Eastern Cape Provincial Government, with the theme being “Reclaiming, Restoring and Celebrating Our Living Heritage”.

Every year on 24 September, Emeritus Archbishop Desmond, official patron of the Braai4Heritage banner, urges all South Africans to re-unite and celebrate the day by means of a unique pastime – braaiing. This activity has become a tangible symbol of a group of people who choose to stand united, and be accepting of the vast cultural differences in our country.

So gather up the kids, the pets, the extended family and friends and join in with the revolution to unite! And no, there is absolutely no excuse! If you’re vegetarian, try this delicious Veggie Kebab recipe.


  • 8 wooden or bamboo skewers
  • 2 zucchinis, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 2 yellow squash, cut into 1-inch slices
  • 1/2 pound whole fresh mushrooms
  • 1 red onion, cut into chunks
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 fresh pineapple, cut into chunks
  • 1 red bell pepper, cut into chunks
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons dried basil
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper


  1. Soak skewers in water for 10 to 20 minutes.
  2. Preheat grill for medium heat and lightly oil the grate. Alternately thread zucchini slices, yellow squash slices, mushrooms, onion, tomatoes, pineapple, and bell pepper onto the skewers.
  3. Whisk olive oil, basil, oregano, salt, and black pepper in a bowl; brush mixture over vegetables.
  4. Cook skewers on preheated grill until vegetables are tender, turning and basting vegetables with olive oil mixture occasionally, 10 to 15 minutes.

(Recipe courtesy of http://allrecipes.com/recipe/grilled-veggie-skewers/)

Text by Karen Nel (Document Administrator for LGR)


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