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Ramaphosa: Remove Racist Statues

Ramaphosa: Remove Racist Statues.  President Cyril Ramaphosa pledged his support to a campaign which aims to have all statues representing the apartheid era removed.  During his virtual Heritage Day address he said that “monuments glorifying our divisive past should be repositioned and relocated”.  “This has generated controversy, with some saying we are trying to erase our history. Building a truly non-racial society means being sensitive to the lived experiences of all this country’s people. We make no apologies for this because our objective is to build a united nation.”   Ramaphosa acknowledged that South Africa has a history of prejudice and exclusion, and continued that since 1994, the country had worked to transform its heritage landscape.  Renaming towns and cities was part of this transition, as well as the erection of new statues and monuments.  The campaign to remove these statues is gaining momentum quickly.

Ramaphosa urged South Africans to uphold the rights of all people and to protect indigenous languages and cultures.  South Africa is among the world’s top 10 worst affected countries by the pandemic, and the president urged citizens to start working towards rebuilding the economy and recovering from the global crisis.  “We will recover from this crisis and rebuild our lives and our economy. We will continue to strive to eradicate poverty, inequality and underdevelopment. We will continue to uphold the rights of all our people to practice their cultures, to speak their languages and to practice their traditions.”  Ramaphosa commended healers using traditional medicine in an attempt to find a cure for the virus.  “In as much as we join the international community and search for diagnostics and therapeutics, we are also looking at the real and important contribution indigenous knowledge systems, particularly traditional medicine can play in improving the life outcomes of our people.”

Heritage Day – Braai Day in Alberton

Residents of Alberton always grab any opportunity to take a break and have a braai.  Having a day, aptly named “National Braai Day”, only fuels their enthusiasm.  It seems that most Albertonians spent the first 3 days of the week to buy all the essential ingredients for the perfect braai.  Boerewors, steak, Lamb chops, sosaties, Chicken flatties, spareribs, pork chops, brandy, coke and more snacks than can possibly be consumed.  Friends are already coming over to enjoy the day catching up after months of isolation.  By 14:00 this afternoon the entire Alberton, and Gauteng for that matter, will be filled with the aroma of meat cooking on an open fire (or gas for some). The potato bakes, paptert and Braai pie will be ready to go.  We have spoken to some of our residents about their plans for the day.  Petrus from Mayberry Park, is an avid braai master and rarely goes a week without at least one braai.  Today he will be spoiling the family with an enormous fillet steak, honey-mustard chicken sosaties, nearly 2kg of boerewors, spareribs, and cheese grillers as an appetiser.  His wife, Katrina, has spent most of her morning preparing a paptert and a ‘malvapoeding’ is already in the making.

Katrina and Petrus are already on the go with the braai

Henry and Alta, two elderly residents living in Florentia, are going for steak, with some marinated chicken.  Alta made a green salad with the usual cucumber, tomato, lettuce and feta cheese.  They also have a cheese and onion bread baking in the oven.  Leah, a single mom from Meyersdal, have joined forces with several other couples in her complex and will be having a ‘street braai’ later today.  Hailing from London, Gerrard, an Albertonian currently working in the UK, has been preparing a braai feast for himself and his South African friends. A few British friends will be joining them for the occasion.  He bought steaks, pork bangers, and vegetables.  They will be enjoying the meat with a side of mash, Yorkshire pudding, and gravy – a lopsided but perfect marriage of South African and British cuisine.

Meat and Vegetables in London for Braai Day

A local butcher told tameTIMES that he always experiences a sharp increase in sales before National Braai Day and that he now opens on the holiday for those who failed to buy their meat the day before.  Sales for liquor, wine, and cold drinks also see an increase and all braai related extras, snacks and spices also tend to sell fast before the holiday.   

Though some residents feel that the day should be focused solely on celebrating heritage, it seems that most are of the opinion that having a braai is a unique South African way of celebrating a shared and rich heritage.

Please send us your Braai Pictures today at lize@tametimes.co.za or WhatsApp to 0825569033

Heritage Day Recipe: Beef Steak Kebabs


  • Preparation Time:  30 mins
  • Cook Time:  10-15 mins
  • Serves:  6


  • 18 pickling onions, skins on
  • 12 rashers streaky bacon
  • 1 kg rump, cut into 2 ½ cm cubes
  • 12 wooden skewers, soaked in water
  • 18 button mushrooms, halved
  • 1 red pepper, seeded and cut into squares
  • 1 packet ROYCO® Spare Rib Marinade


    • Boil pickling onions for 4-5 minutes, refresh in cold water, peel and cut in half.
    • Cut the bacon rashers in half, then roll each piece up.
    • Thread rump cubes onto the skewers, alternating with the pickling onions, bacon, mushrooms and red pepper squares.
    • Prepare ROYCO® Spare Rib Marinade according to packet instructions. Marinate kebabs for 20 minutes.
    • To Cook:
    • Braai kebabs over moderate coals, basting frequently, for about 10 minutes.
    • Grill kebabs in the oven for about 15 minutes, turning and basting frequently.
    • Serve immediately

Sirloin or fillet steak can be used for this recipe, but rump is the tastiest. The kebabs can be made a day ahead (as far as step 4) but only marinate 20 minutes before cooking.


Heritage Day Competition

September is the month for good, traditional food, and of course, dressed in our traditional outfits.

We’re celebrating your heritage with this incredible competition!

Send your favourite heritage recipe, including your own picture of the dish or traditional outfits and you’ll stand the chance of winning a prize!


EMAIL your entry to lize@tametimes.co.za or send via WhatsApp to 0825569033 with the following info:

1) Full name and surname

2) Typed up Heritage Recipe

3) Your OWN photo of your dish or a photo of your traditional outfit

How did Heritage day become Braai day

In 2005, a media campaign was launched in an attempt to rebrand the holiday on 24 September as National Braai Day.  The idea came from the Braai4Heritage organisation which aimed to allow all South Africans to “celebrate their common roots by having a braai on Heritage day.”

The event was created by Jan Scannell, who is known as “Jan Braai” and on 5 September 2007, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was named the National Spokesperson for Braai Day.  Tutu said: “There are so many things that are pulling as apart”, adding that National Braai Day had “wonderful potential to bring us all together…We have 11 different languages but only one word for the wonderful institution of braai: in Xhosa, English, Afrikaans, whatever.”

There has however been some controversy regarding the rebranding with some citizens feeling that the holiday is meant to celebrate each person’s history and heritage.  Regardless of how the day is celebrated or what you prefer to call it, it seems that Braai Day is here to stay, celebrating both heritage and the joy of the braai.

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