Heritage Day (Public Holiday)

Celebrate South African cultural diversity


Heritage day (24 September), also known as National Braai Day as the result of a pointed 2005 media campaign, was not originally intended to be an official South African public holiday. But when the Inkatha Freedom Party, a political party with a large Zulu membership, refused to sign the Public Holiday’s Bill that was being presented to the Parliament of South Africa because it omitted the inclusion of Shaka Day, a day that commemorated the famous Zulu King Shaka, a concession was made.

Quite aptly, just as King Shaka was instrumental in uniting Zulu clans into a cohesive nation, Heritage Day (appointed in place of King Shaka Day) encourages South Africans to  come together to celebrate the rich cultural heritage and the diversity of our rainbow nation.

Former South African President Nelson Mandela concisely explained it when he said the following in a Heritage Day speech: "When our first democratically-elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation”.

Things to do this Heritage Day
Whether you’re looking into celebrating your heritage in a special way or simply looking for something to do, we’ve developed a good overview of Heritage Day activities. Now, unofficially known as Braai Day – thanks to the efforts of Jan Braai – families, friends and strangers unite at various events around the country celebrating South Africa’s unique heritage and building bridges to overcome its painful past by chucking a tjoppie on the fire. 

More on Braaing in Cape Town & Surrounds
Don’t have a braai of your own?  No worries, check out our listing of top braai spots in Cape Town. Don’t know the first thing about chisa nyama? Don’t stress, all you need to know and more about becoming the ultimate braaimaster.

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS IN SOUTH AFRICA
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JANUARY

1 JAN

New Year's Day

MARCH

21 MAR

Human Rights Day

25 MAR

Good Friday

27 MAR

Family Day (Easter Sunday)

APRIL

27 APR

Freedom Day

MAY

1 MAY

Worker’s Day

JUNE

16 JUN

Youth Day

AUGUST

9 AUG

National Women's Day

SEPTEMBER

24 SEP

Heritage Day

DECEMBER

16 DEC

Day of Reconciliation

25 DEC

Christmas Day

26 DEC

Day of Goodwill


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Cape Town Events Calendar
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Slug Kloof 2Tequila Tuesday Drinks Special at Slug and Lettuce Kloof Street

Discounted shots and cocktails right before hump day

Kaapse Stories at The Rockwell Theatre“Kaapse Stories” at The Rockwell Dinner Theatre

Supper and Stage make for a delectable evening’s entertainment

kiff kombi toursCheap Tuesdays with Kiff Kombi Tours

Get a 20% discount on your next Kiff Kombi Tour when booking for 5 people or more

Dizzys Camps BayDizzys Tight Ass Tuesday Karaoke Nights

'Bray' the night away with some super specials to lubricate your lungs

PPG - 1Powerpuff Girls Art Factory Exhibition

Sugar, spice and everything alternative

I Love Big Bay Spring MarketI Love Big Bay Market

Put a spring in your step at this fabulous evening market

Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag Team Building Cape TownTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

Corporates become commandos in this adrenaline-inducing, morale-boosting laser tag activity

Glowing Rooms 3Glowing Rooms SA offers a special opening price!

Pay a special rate for entrance into SA’s first 3D space-themed glow-in-the-dark mini-golf adventure

AfrikaBurn1Afrikaburn Festival

The dusty Karoo desert comes alive to host one of the most radical festivals on the festival lover’s calendar

Galileo Open Air Cinema Cape TownThe Galileo Open Air Cinema in the Cape Winelands and Cape Town Venues

Grab some snacks and get ready to watch your favourite films beneath the stars on the Weekends

The Galileo Open Air Theatre Hillcrest QuarryThe Galileo Open Air Cinema at Hillcrest Quarry

Grab your popcorn and settle down at this unique Durbanville location for the 2016-2017 outdoor movie season

Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands Live Music 2Happy Hour Special at the Live-Inn Room

Pop in to Park Inn Newslands Hotel for buy-one-get-one-free drinks any day of the week or weekend

WSDC Shark 5White Shark Diving Company’s Killer Cage Diving Special

Come face-to-face with the ocean’s most fearsome fish for a truly otherworldly bucket-list experience and pay less when booking with these sharky Gansbaai-based experts

Haute Cabriere TerraceTrue Marriage of Food and Wine at Haute Cabrière Restaurant

Enjoy a specially curated Pinot Noir-inspired pairing of exquisite vino and gourmet fare at this Franschhoek eatery

HintHunt Escape Game LogoCape Town’s Most Mysterious Tourist Attraction: HintHunt

Be sure to add this exhilarating live group escape game challenge to your Mother City bucket list

Live Jazz Music at Asoka on TuesdayLive Jazz at Asoka Restaurant

Turn your Tuesday up a notch with this trendy hotspot’s vibey dinner and music offering

Rick's Cafe Table PeopleRick’s Café Americain’s Weekly Lunch Specials

Pop over to the charming Casablanca-themed restaurant for a hearty meal that won’t break the bank

Decor at Cafe Mojito city centreLive Music Tuesday at Cafe Mojito

Kick off your week with a night of local jamming at Long Street’s beloved Cuban restaurant and cocktail bar

Boy Girl Hair Salon at Peter the HaircutterHaircut Special at Boy Girl Hair Salon at Peter the Haircutter

Marry a tip-top cut with any of this edgy salon’s other services and save

HQ Date performerTuesday Romantic Date Night at HQ Restaurant

Treat your loved one to an evening of succulent steaks, red wine and romantic ambience at this Parisian-inspired Cape Town steakhouse’s #DateNight special

Manga Sushi 22-for-1 Sushi Special at Manga Restaurant

Save on sashimi, salmon roses and more every Tuesday at this contemporary Asian fusion hotspot in Mouille Point

table mountain chocolate 3Table Mountain Chocolate Bar Special

Buy five of the flat-topped bars and pay for four when you mention CapeTownMag

Excentric InteriorTransformation Tuesday at Excentric Hair Salon

First-time clients will receive a complimentary Olaplex in-salon treatment when booking a single or double colour process, cut and blow-dry

Slug Kloof 2Tequila Tuesday Drinks Special at Slug and Lettuce Kloof Street

Discounted shots and cocktails right before hump day

Kaapse Stories at The Rockwell Theatre“Kaapse Stories” at The Rockwell Dinner Theatre

Supper and Stage make for a delectable evening’s entertainment

kiff kombi toursCheap Tuesdays with Kiff Kombi Tours

Get a 20% discount on your next Kiff Kombi Tour when booking for 5 people or more

Dizzys Camps BayDizzys Tight Ass Tuesday Karaoke Nights

'Bray' the night away with some super specials to lubricate your lungs

PPG - 1Powerpuff Girls Art Factory Exhibition

Sugar, spice and everything alternative

I Love Big Bay Spring MarketI Love Big Bay Market

Put a spring in your step at this fabulous evening market

Battlefield Live SA Laser Tag Team Building Cape TownTeam Building with Battlefield Live SA

Corporates become commandos in this adrenaline-inducing, morale-boosting laser tag activity

Glowing Rooms 3Glowing Rooms SA offers a special opening price!

Pay a special rate for entrance into SA’s first 3D space-themed glow-in-the-dark mini-golf adventure

AfrikaBurn1Afrikaburn Festival

The dusty Karoo desert comes alive to host one of the most radical festivals on the festival lover’s calendar

Galileo Open Air Cinema Cape TownThe Galileo Open Air Cinema in the Cape Winelands and Cape Town Venues

Grab some snacks and get ready to watch your favourite films beneath the stars on the Weekends

The Galileo Open Air Theatre Hillcrest QuarryThe Galileo Open Air Cinema at Hillcrest Quarry

Grab your popcorn and settle down at this unique Durbanville location for the 2016-2017 outdoor movie season

Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands Live Music 2Happy Hour Special at the Live-Inn Room

Pop in to Park Inn Newslands Hotel for buy-one-get-one-free drinks any day of the week or weekend

WSDC Shark 5White Shark Diving Company’s Killer Cage Diving Special

Come face-to-face with the ocean’s most fearsome fish for a truly otherworldly bucket-list experience and pay less when booking with these sharky Gansbaai-based experts

Haute Cabriere TerraceTrue Marriage of Food and Wine at Haute Cabrière Restaurant

Enjoy a specially curated Pinot Noir-inspired pairing of exquisite vino and gourmet fare at this Franschhoek eatery

HintHunt Escape Game LogoCape Town’s Most Mysterious Tourist Attraction: HintHunt

Be sure to add this exhilarating live group escape game challenge to your Mother City bucket list

Live Jazz Music at Asoka on TuesdayLive Jazz at Asoka Restaurant

Turn your Tuesday up a notch with this trendy hotspot’s vibey dinner and music offering

Rick's Cafe Table PeopleRick’s Café Americain’s Weekly Lunch Specials

Pop over to the charming Casablanca-themed restaurant for a hearty meal that won’t break the bank

Decor at Cafe Mojito city centreLive Music Tuesday at Cafe Mojito

Kick off your week with a night of local jamming at Long Street’s beloved Cuban restaurant and cocktail bar

Boy Girl Hair Salon at Peter the HaircutterHaircut Special at Boy Girl Hair Salon at Peter the Haircutter

Marry a tip-top cut with any of this edgy salon’s other services and save

HQ Date performerTuesday Romantic Date Night at HQ Restaurant

Treat your loved one to an evening of succulent steaks, red wine and romantic ambience at this Parisian-inspired Cape Town steakhouse’s #DateNight special

Manga Sushi 22-for-1 Sushi Special at Manga Restaurant

Save on sashimi, salmon roses and more every Tuesday at this contemporary Asian fusion hotspot in Mouille Point

table mountain chocolate 3Table Mountain Chocolate Bar Special

Buy five of the flat-topped bars and pay for four when you mention CapeTownMag

Excentric InteriorTransformation Tuesday at Excentric Hair Salon

First-time clients will receive a complimentary Olaplex in-salon treatment when booking a single or double colour process, cut and blow-dry

Table Mountain JO Cape Town named one of the world's most ...

With affordable beer and fabulous festivals, the Mother City wins over the ...

FanCon Cape TownWorker’s Day Events

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National Alpaca Day - 5National Alpaca Day

These little fluffies are too adorable for words!

Craft Beer on Lawns - 3Craft Beer on the Lawns

Local craft beer enjoyed with a view of the Atlantic Ocean

Autumn(ism) - 2Autumn(ism) with Binah

Be a part of Autism Awareness Month

Pebbleman - 1Prime Circle Rock Fest at Hillcrest ...

Get into the swing of things with some authentic rock music!

Kelvin Grove Dinner - 1Gourmet Dinner with Leopard’s Leap ...

Pair some delicious food with some award-winning local wines!

Granary Cafe Silo HotelThe Granary Cafe at The Silo Hotel

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