One of the things i love about my country is the diverse animal and plant life we have as i’m a nature lover. However most of all, i love the culture that makes up our rainbow nation as I find the different beliefs and traditions to be quite interesting. Today as we celebrate all the wonderful and interesting people from different walks of South Africa. I can’t help but go back into history (my new found love) and enlighten you about a few things that you didn’t know about the South African Heritage.
- Before the 24th of September was known as Heritage Day in South Africa. It was known as Shaka day, to commomerate the late King Shaka Zulu who was a legendary Zulu warrior.
- This day was not recognised as a public holiday until Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) a political party known for its large Zulu members objected to the bill.
- South Africa has 11 official languages (12 if you ask me as khelobedu is always singled out)
- In 2005 Heritage day was renamed National Braai day after a Jan Scannel thought it would be a good idea to celebrate common roots by having a braai instead of focusing on cultural division.
- There are two types of heritage, natural and cultural.
- South Africa is home to eight of the world’s official heritage sites. Four cultural, three natural and one mixed
- Archaeologists have dicovered some of the oldest hominid remains which have given rise to the name “Cradle Of Humankind”
- The country is home to numerous distinct plant life and animals. The ostrich which is the largest bird, the elephant which is the largest land mammal, the giraffe which is the tallest animal, the boabab which is the largest tree and the cheetah which is the fastest land mammal just to name a few.
- Table mountain is know to be one of the oldest mountain on the planet
- Two Noble Peace Prize winners, Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu were born and raised in South Africa
If as a South African all these don’t make you proud to be a citizen of the country or make you want to visit our lovely country then I don’t know.