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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.

"We did so knowing that the struggles against the injustice and inequities of the past are part of our national identity; they are part of our culture.

"We knew that, if indeed our nation has to rise like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes of division and conflict, we had to acknowledge those whose selfless efforts and talents were dedicated to this goal of nonracial democracy." - President Nelson Mandela

A day to celebrate our Heritage, South African Style...

It was a beautiful & VERY colorful day at 1000 Hills as we celebrated our Heritage. Everyone participated and even our little ones from the school took part as they danced and sang traditional African Songs. It was a day that brought everyone together to celebrate and show pride in our culture from our office staff to our kitchen staff, we all came together as one.

Our teachers thoroughly enjoyed the day in their traditional wear. "We definitely felt a sense of "sibumbene"- togetherness and that is really what this day is all about, where we put aside our differences and accept one another as one nation, striving for a common purpose. Our kitchen staff put on a wonderful performance and many members of the audience too!