South Africa: There's So Much More to Our Heritage Than Braaing

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If we for a moment switch off the ignorance, hate and fearmongers on social media, commercial and political platforms, step out of our cultural comfort zones and siloes, and actually try to learn a bit more about who we are and where we come from, we may start weaving a new narrative about what it means to be South African.

First published by Daily Maverick 168

Heritage Day is meant to recognise and celebrate the diversity of cultures, beliefs and traditions that make up the tapestry of South Africa. A day for citizens to tell their stories about who they are and where they come from. Sadly, we are so polarised as a South African society, that the one day which was meant to celebrate all that we are, has had to devolve into the lowest common denominator of all that we eat, National Braai Day.

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