Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Heritage Day


Many of us South African’s, are looking forward to enjoying a day off work tomorrow. The public holiday I refer to is Heritage Day, a day put aside to celebrate the diverse cultural heritage that make up the Rainbow Nation.

Did You Know?

In KwaZulu-Natal, the 24th of September used to be known as Shaka Day, in commemoration of the great Zulu King. The legendary Shaka played an important role in uniting disparate Zulu clans into a cohesive nation.

Contrary to popular belief, Shaka was not a 'chief'.

When presented to Parliament, "The Public Holidays Bill" did not have the 24th of September included on the list of proposed public holidays. As a result of this exclusion, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), with its large Zulu membership, objected to the bill being passed.

Parliament and the IFP reached a compromise and the day was given its present title. It is now seen as a day to celebrate the effort made by all South Africans, in building a Rainbow Nation.

Something to think about while watching the cricket….. :)

Enjoy

Ernest Roper
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