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Wishing all Treasury staff a festive and merry Heritage Day! Enjoy the well deserved public holiday and don’t forget why we are celebrating Heritage Day.

We commemorate Heritage Month and Day:

  • To celebrate South Africa’s cultural heritage;
  • To recognise the role of cultural and heritage institutions in the preservation and educating our nation about South Africa’s rich heritage;
  • To promote access of South Africa’s cultural and heritage institutions;
  • To create a platform for communities to showcase different aspects of South Africa’s diverse heritage;
  • To ensure that heritage landscapes of all cultural groups is not suppressed, threatened but celebrated;
  • To continue with a national process of uniting all South Africans as people of one nation irrespective of race, creed, and orientation;
  • To contribute to the education of the South African youth with a special emphasis on arts, culture and heritage learning area AND
  • To help bridge the inter-generational gap in the transmission of indigenous knowledge, skills and techniques.

This year’s Heritage Day events and happenings are as varied and colourful as our nation’s cultures and languages. There’s everything, everywhere in the city: A historical walk in Simon’s Town to mark an political event, an African cultural gathering in Gugulethu, music festivals all over town, a luncheon at a wine farm and a bring and braai.

Let us share some ideas on how you could celebrate your Heritage Day:

  • AFROFEST (22 – 23 SEP)
    This two-day free festival is an immersion in African art, music, crafts and cuisine; as well as a showcase for local businesses, such as restaurants, fashion stores and hair salons. The day will feature live cultural bands and DJs, dancers performing capoeira and kizomba, and stalls filled with cool souvenirs. There’ll also be a fashion show, stand-up comedy and poetry performances.
    COST: Entry is free! It starts at 10am and ends late. For more information, please contact or +27 (0) 827 51 2898.

    Come to Gugulethu’s Luyolo Community Hall to gather with other Africans from in and outside South Africa. The aim of this event is to help end xenophobia. It will be a five-hour fiesta of live music, traditional Xhosa dancing and spoken word poetry. Come dressed in your best African regalia or buy some outfits there, where designers will have their wares on display. A sit-down lunch of delicious Xhosa food – pap, meat stews, samp dishes, and umqombothi – will be served.
    COST: A ticket is R150/p. The event will begin at 11:30am and end at 16:30. For more information, please contact the organisers via Whatsapp +27 (0)76 344 5183 or call +27 (0)83 408 0917.
    It’s the classic bring and braai, only it’s hosted at a beautiful wine farm, the Devonvale Golf and Wine Estate in Stellenbosch. You can bring your own meat (though they will be selling meat there as well), but you’ll need to buy sides, salads, desserts and drinks at the venue. The ticket includes a braai spot as well as seating, wood and charcoal, and cutlery and crockery.
    COST: R100 per braai spot, for up to six people. To book a place, please call +27 (0)82 881 0466. You can come and fire up the braai at 11am; the event ends at 8pm.
    Eight at Spier Wine Farm is celebrating our nation’s heritage with a spin on South African traditional dishes. The lunch dishes will be influenced by seasonal foods, with freshly-picked herbs and veggies from Eight’s garden. Meats from Spier’s own pastures will be thrown on the braai, and the lunch will include Spier Signature wines and Hoghouse brew draughts. Weather permitting, the meal will be hosted outside on the scenic lawns. Families share a table as they choose their favourite dishes from the restaurant’s buffet-style harvest table.
    COST: R400/p. To reserve a seat, please contact the organisers via Lunch begins at 12pm and ends at 3pm.
    The Simon’s Town Museum is hosting an event to remember the 50th anniversary of a particular painful happening in our history: the forced removals of people of colour from Simon’s Town, Glencairn and Noordhoek. Called Shared Memories and Forgotten People, it’s a gathering of the victims of the removals, but is open to anybody interested in our history. It’s a guided walk around Simon’s Town beginning in Jubilee Square. The walk will be accompanied by the music of a church brigade. Afterwards there’ll be a gathering at the Navy sports field for prayers and singing and sharing of stories by the victims. Food stalls at Jubilee Square will sell some favourite Cape dishes such as rotis, curries, samosas and koeksisters.
    COST: This event is free. It will begin at 9:45am, when attendees gather in Jubilee Square, and end at approximately 4pm. For more information, please contact or +27 (0)21 786 3046.
    Another spot to pick if you are spending your day with the whole family is at the market at the Willowbridge Shopping Centre in Tyger Valley. You’ll find classic South African dishes such as Cape Malay curries, bunny chows and boerewors rolls, live music and fresh local produce. There’s also an outdoor kiddie area for the kids.
    COST: Entry is free and the market is open from 9am to 3pm. For more information, please feel free to contact or +27 (0)21 914 7218.
    The event presented by at The Shed in Stellenbosch is a dual celebration – of’s 21st birthday as well as Heritage Day. There will be a braai and tastings of local wines from The Chenin Blanc and Pinotage Associations. Along with this, there will be live entertainment from the Sisonke Social Circus, a live choir and music. It’s a day sure to be enjoyed by the whole family.
    COST: Adult passes cost R120/p, while tickets for little ones under the age of three is R60/p. Tickets are sold at The event will be held at The Shed in Stellenbosch from 12pm to 5pm. For more information, please contact
    If you’re looking for a great party, there’s the one hosted by Ukhamba Beerworx at the Palms Décor and Lifestyle Centre in Woodstock. There will be live local DJs and SAMA-award-winning band Native Young, who’ll be playing their unique genre of “African-psychedelic-pop”, which pays homage to traditional SA music styles.
    COST: Online tickets cost R100/p and are available from until Saturday, 23 September. Please note that there is a fee of R5 for Quicket, so the cost comes to R105/p. Tickets can also be bought at the door for R150/p. Kids under the age of 13 get in for free. The event begins at 11am and ends at 7pm. For more information, please feel free to call the organisers on +27 (0)79 284 9049.
    It’s a great price for a whole rock festival. For R99 (if you buy the ticket online) Hillcrest Quarry is treating everyone to a rock festival featuring 14 amazing local blues-rock artists. Bands and singers include Crimson House, Hatchetman, Pebbleman, Jesse Jordan, The Stremes, and Madmouth Mike. They will be performing both their own original songs and covers of hits by the great blues and rock stars (think Jimi Hendrix, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Beth Hart etc etc). Oh – and there’s a lucky draw for a Fender guitar.
    COST: Tickets cost R99/p if you buy tickets online from (please note the R5 extra charge for ordering from Quicket), and R120/p at the door, where only cash will be accepted. The festival will begin at 2:30pm and end at 10pm. For more information, please feel free to contact the organisers on +27 (0)21 976 4959.
    Doesn’t this sound like a day well spent? A round of golf at Clovelly Country Club pretty course and a braai on its deck. You can also play the fun Mashie Course pitch and putt competition at the driving range. This welcomes beginner/non-golfers and younger children (older kids are welcome to compete in the nine-hole game). The will be prizes and live music..
    COST: The event goes from 12pm to 8pm. It costs R180/p for both the braai and nine-hole golf competition. The Mashie Course competition is free to enter, and the braai will cost R100/p. For more information, please contact or +27 (0)21 784 2111.
    Enjoy the taste of home at the Townhouse Hotel’s Trees Restaurant. Here, a delectable menu of dishes traditional to various cultures in our country will be on offer. Take the opportunity, the week leading up to this national holiday, to enjoy the “With Love from South Africa” Heritage Week Menu. You can indulge in a lunch buffet at the restaurant or choose something from the à la carte dinner menu. You’ll find everything from boerewors, chakalaka and bunny chow to Cape Malay curries and snoek parcels, Ekasi-style tshisa nyamas and milk tart with Amarula ice cream – yoh! Delicious. Bring the whole family along for a sensational taste experience in the gorgeous setting of the restaurant.
    COST: The Lunch Buffet costs R88/p and goes from 12:30pm to 2:30pm. Friday is going to be a braai day with mouth-watering fire-roasted foods. Dinner goes from 7pm to 9pm and the dishes vary in price.
    Please do note that booking is essential; you can reserve a table by calling Trees on +27 (0)21 465 7050. If you’re in need of more information, please call the same number or visit the Townhouse website.
    Appreciate a piece of South African heritage through your tastebuds at the historic Nederburg Wine Estate. For an afternoon of munching on exquisite food and wine consider The Red Table for your Heritage Day celebration. Sample the vinos that represent Nederburg’s longstanding legacy of fine winemaking: the award-winning Heritage Heroes wine collection that pays homage to the winery’s pioneers. There will be enticing artisanal breads and cheeses to nibble on, as well as a delectable main and desserts. All of this you can enjoy on the beautiful lawns, as The Maritz Trio, a fresh local Jazz band serenade you.
    COST: Joining Nederburg for this day costs R350/p for adults and R150/p for children below the age of 13. The cost does not include beverages and service charges. The event begins at 12pm and ends at 6pm. Booking is essential. To make a booking, or for more information, please do not hesitate to get in touch with the organisers on +27 (0)21 877 5155 or via
    One of the oldest farms in the country; Boschendal is home to several historical buildings that date back to the 1700s, and has a long legacy of winemaking – making it a part of our heritage. On Heritage Day, Boschendal invites you to gather around a feasting table with friends, family and fellow guests for a festive meal. The seasonal harvest from the farm will be served, as well as spit-braaied, pasture-fed oxen and desserts. The vino that the winery is loved for is set to feature too, of course. Alongside this afternoon of feasting there will be live music by Cape Town band Slow Jack, and pony rides for the kids. You can also wander around the farm and visit the lovely, Cape Dutch manor houses.
    COST: The farm feast costs R395/p for adults and R280/p for children under 10 years. Booking is essential and a maximum of 250 people can be accommodated, so reserve your place now! To make a booking, or for more information, please contact the folks at Boschendal by calling +27 (0)21 870 4274 or sending an email to Guests should plan to arrive at 12pm as lunch will be served at 1pm until 4pm.
    Sitting pretty on Yzerfontein’s Grootwater Farm, the San Education and Culture Centre, !Khwa ttu, invites you to visit for Heritage Day. Join members of the San community there as they celebrate and familiarise you with their culture, a core element of South African heritage. Throughout the day there will be traditional dancing, singing, tractor rides, storytelling by the fire and tracking through the bush. A braai will be sizzling while food and drinks are available from the bar all day.
    COST: Taking part in the activities is free, while there will be prices on the braai, food and drinks. Things will be kicking off at 10am and going until 7pm (or when the sun sets). Secure a spot by booking. If you would like to make a booking or need more information, please call +27 (0)22 492 2998 or email
    This Heritage Day, sail down to Radisson Blu’s in-house restaurant, where the deck literally touches the edge of the Atlantic ocean. Lounge in the sun at Tobago’s and enjoy a flavourful lunch buffet of flame-roasted food. Live music will serenade you as you eat, making for the perfect relaxed celebratory atmosphere.
    COST: The braai lunch costs R395/p, whilst children between 5 and 12 years pay half price and children under the age of 5 eat for free. Booking to attend is needed, so please be sure to make yours by either emailing or calling +27 (0)21 441 3414. The braai begins at 12:30pm and finishes at 3:30pm.
    Celebrate the national holiday with lunch at this hot inner-city restaurant and watering hole. Old-world charm meets contemporary quirkiness, and a life-size ostrich stands atop the bar, so you know it’ll be a memorable one! Village’s Chef Wes Robb, in collaboration with Beer Country, is serving a braai menu with true Mzansi tastes. Expect classic SA favourites like Roosterkoek, smoked sweet potato, lamb chops and Peppermint Crisp tart. Complimentary wine tastings are also on the programme and the fun doesn’t end after you’ve eaten; after 8pm DJ King Louie will be on the decks and there’ll be dancing well into the night.
    COST: The braai will be from 12pm until 5pm and costs R145/p for the main lunch. If you need more information, please do not hesitate to call +27 (0)21 418 1548.
    4Roomed eKasi Culture, a unique dining spot in the township of Khayelitsha, invites you to indulge in a sumptuous seven-course meal with tutored pairings of craft beer and umqombothi (traditional maize beer). Braaied meat will be on the menu and vegetarians will be catered for with a meat-free menu too. The dress code is smart 80’s style with a little something that pays homage to your heritage. So don your best outfits – and eat, drink and be merry under the stars.
    COST: You can treat yourself to this special experience, for Heritage Day, at the price of R500/p. Booking is essential; if you would like to reserve your seat(s), please visit eKasi Culture’s website or Facebook page and follow the booking link. It will begin at 7pm and end at 10:30pm. Should you need more information, please don’t hesitate to contact Abigail on +27 (0)76 157 3177 or via
    The little brewery nestled in Stellenbosch will be hosting a family-friendly fun run in celebration of Heritage Day and some proceeds will go towards charity. You can run, jog, walk or even skip the rugged 5-km route alongside scenic vineyards in the area. There’s a beer stop along the way for over 18’s as well as food, drinks and live music to keep the party going until the evening.
    COST: Entry is R50/p and free for children under 12. Booking online is necessary; if you have squiz on the event’s Facebook page you’ll see a link where you can book your spot. You’ll be able to pay at the venue on the day. For more information, you are more than welcome to contact the folks at Stellenbrau on +27 (0)21 883 3622. The event begins at 10am and ends at 6pm.
    Find out how well you know Mzansi at this OBZ Cafe quiz night. Gather together a team of the five fellow patriots, or even go solo, and compete in a test of your SA knowledge. The popular watering hole will be offering quality beers on tap for R60 as well as a craft beer tasting and pizza sliders for R100, to keep you chewing over those quiz questions. There will be plenty of prizes, with R300 and R200 bar tabs for the first and second-place winners.
    COST: Entry into the quiz costs R60/p – which is worth it because all entrants get one free draught or cocktail! Up to six people can play in one team. Booking a table for your team will ensure you can compete. To do so, please get in touch with OBZ Cafe via or +27 (0)21 448 5555 and tell them what’s up. The quiz starts at 7:30pm, but we suggest getting there earlier for happy hour, which is between 4pm and 7pm! The quiz will wrap up at 10pm and the joint’s kitchen is open until 10:30pm.
    Enjoy the work of some of the country’s best jazz musicians this Heritage Month. From Thursday, 28 to Saturday, 30 September 2017, the Artscape Theatre will host the series of jazz concerts that you’ve been waiting for! The concerts include performances by Nomfundo Xaluva, Zoe Modiga, Amanda Tiffin, Sylvester Mazinyane, McCoy Mrubata, Buddy Wells, Alvin Dyers and Hilton Schilder.
    COSTTickets for Jazz Masters Series concerts are available online via or via the Artscape website directly ( for R100/p.

Author: eansteenkamp

I'm the head of communication at Treasury and enjoy working with a group of colleagues who is passionate about their work. I'm an animal lover, love nature and taking short hikes in and around Cape Town

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