Head Chef at Pierneef à La Motte, Michelle Theron, Shares Her Christmas Trifle Recipe
On Saturday, 16 December 2017 we celebrate the day of reconciliation, a South African public holiday that was created to encourage unity and harmony among the country’s people.
Interestingly, the day has something of a controversial history. Originally known as the ‘Day of the Vow’, this date was once observed in commemoration of the Afrikaans Voortrekkers’ victory over the Zulu people at the Battle of Blood River in 1838. Much later, in 1961, the day gained further political significance as the official date on which the African National Congress (ANC) announced the founding of their military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe (Spear of the Nation).
As such, 16 December marked great divide and difference for many years. However, after the 1994 democratic elections it retained its public holiday