South Africa is a diverse land that is home to a wide variety of nationalities, cultures and traditions. From the braai to the bunny chow, every South African knows there’s no place like home!
With Heritage Day 2017 around the corner, it’s time to explore the various characters in and around our beautiful country. It’s such a privilege to live in a land where we are fortunate enough to experience an array of people, which open us up to new experiences and assimilate their culture into our own.
To be South African is to stay true to your own roots but incorporate the greater good of what we have built into our daily lives. We have built a nation of individuals who can and will stand together for the greater good of our country. This is evident in the way the nation embraced one another at the 1995 Rugby World Cup; an event so inspiring and so dramatic that the country literally came to a standstill as we celebrated our South Africanism as a family.
Other recent developments in our countries’ economic uncertainty and the presidency blatantly enforcing corruption; lead an army of people into the streets where we proved once again that you cannot and will not keep a South African down. We will rise together and we will let our heritage shine through and keep the spirit of this diverse land alive.
It’s a beautiful country with the best of every earthly element. The landscapes are amazing, but what takes your breath away even more so than the natural beauty, is the raw kindness that is inherent in every South African citizen.
We have black, white, brown, yellow, pink and more spread across our lands. This country is home to Afrikaans people who love their braai and you can find them admiring the vast open planes of Africa from their doorsteps. We have Indian people who love their bunny chow and for all intensive purposes stem from a city more humid and more densely populated than India itself. Durban is home of the Indian, uniquely brewed these guys have a different set of rules, speak their own language and torture every poor soul with their food that has been setting tongues on fire throughout the ages. But we just go back for more, it’s delicious!
Then we have a variety of indigenous black people who embody the ancient practices and assimilate those practices into modern life. Just to mention two tribes; the Zulus with their assegais and the Xhosa people who are forever making clicking noises with their tongues, form the backbone of the country. It is interesting how things have changed though, people moved to the city and today the little Zulu boy who once played with wired cars now drives the latest Range Rover through the cobble stone Streets of Sandton.
South Africa is home to a large population of Asians who supply everyone with the holy grail to takeout food and a massive selection of stores where you can buy just about anything, with a solid name that makes your eye twist at the very thought of pronouncing it. We have Jewish communities that have forged unbreakable bonds and somehow manage to keep a large portion of cold hard cash running throughout each other’s businesses. We have coloureds, okay we have coloureds and then we have coloureds. Cape Coloureds are the star of anything and everything. Usually unable to hear what they are saying or selling, you nod and wave politely, well because you must.
Our land is also home to English people who are pretty strange, as they have little to none of their own traditions at all. If you really think about it, English people love everything everyone in SA loves and somehow manage to partake in it all. They’re a nice lot and all South Africans enjoy having them around, even though there’s a rivalry that still hasn’t been settled. Just saying…
Then the Greeks, ah the Greeks. These guys are business savvy and usually have a finger in someone’s pie. With jet-black hair greased back like slick-nick and jewellery dripping from their necks, Greeks are a loving bunch and usually own a Spar, restaurant or a club. Much like the Portuguese people who can be found within 1 of 2 establishments, furniture stores or your local fruit shop.
Your heritage is something great, it’s a code that is unique to you! It is a way of life, and as much as you are one of the many nationalities present in the country you are South African. This land is mother to us all, we are diverse but we are united under a common set of practices that have made us the real rainbow nation.
Written by: PRIO Communications and Digital Marketing.