Who are you?Where are you from?What is your Identity?…..We all have an ID with information that would identify us as an entity called a Human Being.These are the types of questions always posed as we celebrate Heritage Day in South Africa, we “braai” and chat about the ins and outs of the cultural diversity that we have in our amazing country. With the aromatic smell of the boerewors, chops and marinated chicken sizzling on the fire….nothing compliments it better that on a ice cold Castle Lager.Our country has a rich history which is documented in various tv programmes and books….but there are many untold stories, the ones that are not documented on paper or the tv screen, these are the real South African stories and can only be experience through conversation. Sometimes this communication can get confused owing to the many official languages we have, but through mutual respect there is hope of bridging the gap and building a better solidified community for all – communication is the key that can unlocks our potential.
“A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” – Mahatma Gandhi
As I sit here and reflect on this past month I am thinking about the Cape Town City vs Kaizer Chiefs match played recently at the Cape Town Stadium, sport really does bring a nation together……matches like these gets me excited and brings back that 2010 World Cup gees. This will forever be part of our Heritage.Another highlight of this month was watching the Ellen Pakkies movie, an emotional rollercoaster ride from start to finish….it is a movie that deserves discussion like many of our other local productions. If we start openly discussing the issues in our country in a civilized manner I think it can drive a turn-around strategy towards a brighter future for our kids.Lastly I look at the flower, the beautiful Protea….bringing colour to our lives and intensifying our diversity, in my family hometown of Elim we celebrate Blommefees every two years where families and friends come together marvelling at this beauty.
“My heritage has been my grounding, and it has brought me peace.” – Maureen O’ Hara
To my South African brothers and sister have an amazing Heritage Day and continue to protect and nurture your IDentity.
“A concerted effort to preserve our heritage is a vital link to our cultural, educational, aesthetic, inspirational and economic legacies – all of the things that quite literally make us who we are.” – Steve Berry