Daily Maverick


- Julia Evans

Heritage Day is one of the public holidays in South Africa that was created in our new democracy.

In 1996, on Heritage Day, former President Nelson Mandela said:

“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.”

South Africa has a history of our difference­s dividing us, but Heritage Day is there to show us that our diverse cultural beliefs, traditions and background­s should be celebrated and embraced.

This week, learn what other MavericKID­S think of Heritage Day, why we celebrate our heritage and what heritage sites you can visit.

Until next time!

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