Top ten ways to celebrate Heritage Day

ELMARIE KRUGER AND MICHAL-

MARÉ LINDEN

1. Visit Maropeng. On 10 September, Wits University researchers announced the discovery of a possible new human ancestor: Homo Naledi. The fossils are currently on display at Maropeng until 11 October.

2. Braai. Possibly the most clichéd suggestion, but grilling meat on some hot coals is still a good way to spend the day. 

3. Learn the national anthem. It’s just plain embarrassing (not to mention rude) to mumble through parts of the national anthem that you don’t know. Why not take the time to learn the all the words? You will also hopefully realise just how beautiful the words are.

4. Read up about the history of our flag. According to the website ProudlySA.co.za, our flag is the third most recognisable flag in the world.

5. Be kind to your fellow countrymen. This is self-explanatory.

6. Embrace your own culture. It is the point of Heritage Day, anyway. Don’t know your culture? Do some investigation. Each culture is valuable and each one is equally fascinating.

7. Have a drink. More specifically, a SABMiller drink. SABMiller is the world’s second largest brewer behind Anheuser Busch, makers of Budweiser, and also the world’s largest bottler and distributor of Coca-Cola products outside of the US.

8. Go for a hike. The land is everyone’s heritage and SA has one of the most fascinating and diverse environments in the world.

9. View some art. Whether it’s street art, oil paintings or installations, South Africa boasts some well renowned artists such as Gerard Sekoto, William Kentridge, and Jane Alexander.

10. Spend it with family and friends. No matter what you choose to do, the best way to remind yourself of who you are and where you come from is to spend the day with those closest to you. T

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