Experience another South African culture
On Heritage Day, find a local spot showcasing South African culture. While observing social-distancing measures during the current COVID-19 pandemic, sample Cape Malay cuisine in Cape Town’s Bo-Kaap district, or participate in a traditional ceremony at Shakaland Zulu Cultural Village in Eshowe, KwaZulu-Natal. It’s an opportunity to discover just how rich and varied South African cultures are at a time when we all need each other the most.
Learn a new language
How many of South Africa’s 11 official languages can you speak? Why not pick one and learn a new phrase or even how to have a simple conversation? You can learn from the comfort of your home through an app on your phone or ask a friend who speaks the language to teach you a phrase or two. Making an effort to learn someone else’s mother tongue is a great icebreaker when you meet new people.
Learn to cook an authentic South African dish
Chakalaka, Cape Malay curry, bunny chow… just some of the many dishes that are uniquely South African. The internet is a great place for ideas for traditional food recipes you could try and treat your family to. Alternatively, you can sign up for a cooking class nearest to you and get hands-on experience guided by a local expert.
Braai at home
Heritage Day is unofficially ‘National Braai Day’. South Africans love a good shisa nyama served with some drinks and a good laugh. An intimate braai at home is one budget-friendly way to celebrate Heritage Day with your family or housemates.
Buy local and support small businesses
We all know South Africans are a talented people. From unique arts and crafts to artisanal food shops, there’s a wide range of products you could buy to support local businesses. Visit a farmers’ market for fresh produce or an arts and crafts market to find items unique to South Africa, such as traditional jewellery, woven baskets and clay pots for your home or to give a loved one as a gift.
Donate to those in need
South Africans are a giving people. According to the Charities Aid Foundation’s 2019 South Africa Giving report, almost nine out of 10 South Africans did something charitable in 2018. What better way to celebrate Heritage Day than through the spirit of Ubuntu? Give back by donating money, groceries and clothes to the less fortunate, or even by just spending time with them. A quick Google search will help you find out if there are local charities near you that need your support.
There are many ways to celebrate being South African. Learning a bit more about other cultures is a great way to unite the nation and for us to understand one another. By participating in these Heritage Day activities, we get to support local talent and uplift each other.