Daily Maverick

Do you know why we celebrate Heritage Day on 24 September?


24 September used to be known as “Shaka Day” and commemorat­ed King Shaka Zulu – an important figure in South African history and a leader who is known for uniting the Zulu clan and forming the Zulu nation.

After the proposed Public Holidays Bill before the new South African Parliament left out Shaka Day, a compromise was made so that everyone could celebrate their heritage on this day – and so Heritage Day was born.

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