September is Heritage Month, and Tuesday 24th is a public holiday to celebrate National Heritage and Braai Day in South Africa. As the KwazuluNatal South Branded Marketer for Caltex (Chevron SA) All Fuels puts Health, Environment and Safety FIRST!
What is Heritage Day?
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September marks the annual Heritage Month in South Africa. The theme for this year’s Heritage Month is ‘Reclaiming, restoring and celebrating our living heritage’.
- The Sol Plaatjie Municipality in the Northern Cape
- The Nelson Mandela Museum in the Eastern Cape
- Luthuli House in Gauteng
- Shaka Zulu Airport in KwaZulu-Natal
- Tshwane Municipality in Gauteng
- Steve Biko Memorial in the Eastern Cape.
Heritage Day on 24 September recognises and celebrates the cultural wealth of our nation. South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa. Various events are staged throughout the country to commemorate this day.
5 Safety Tips – Heritage Day activities and travel
- Be vigilant of your luggage and other belongings (never leave them unattended).
- Limit the amount of money you carry on your person. Also, don’t accept offers of assistance at ATMs and keep your pin numbers secure.
- Carry a current road map with you.
- In rural areas, watch out for wild or farm animals – road signage will warn you when you need to take care.
- If you intend travelling to malaria areas, take the necessary prophylaxis before you leave home.
What is Braai Day?
Our mission is to position National Braai Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration. South Africans gathering around fires, being the central theme of the celebration.
- National Heritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa. Our government set this day aside for all South Africans to celebrate our rich heritage.
- Across race, language, region and religion, we all share one common heritage. It is called many things: Chisa Nyama, Braai and Ukosa to name few. Although the ingredients may differ, the one thing that never changes is that when we have something to celebrate we light fires, and prepare great feasts.
- We encourage all South Africans to at some point during 24 September each year, gather around a fire and braai.
- We liken this initiative to annual celebrations cherished by other leading nations of the world; Thanksgiving for Americans, St Patricks Day for the Irish, Bastille Day for the French and Australia Day for Australians.
- This is a noble cause, which will contribute to strengthening South Africa as a nation.
7 Safety Tips – At the Braai
Fire is quick and can do a lot of damage if not handled correctly. Here are some tips to ensure your braai experience is fun and safe.
- As you are working with an open flame, make sure you have some sort of fire extinguisher plan, a bucket of sand, or a fire extinguisher on hand.
- Make sure the open flame is away from thatch or any other structure or item that may catch alight if the fire/ braai where to change direction or fall over, or if a breeze were to pick up.
- Keep your braai and grill clean. Fat from cooking may fuel an already large flame.
- Smoke- this can be toxic, so make sure you are not breathing it in in large amounts. Especially be careful with children, their bodies are smaller and will deal with smoke differently to adults.
- Never leave a fire unattended, especially if there are young children and animals around.
- Oven gloves should be used when handling grills.
- Braai tools are essential, their longer reach allows you to safely work with the food without getting burnt- don’t try to use normal eating utensils to move food around on the grill.