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24th Sept Is National Braai Day

by | Sep 23, 2013 | News | 0 comments

Dont forget to get the meat, wood, wors, firelighters, friends (and foes) around your braai this coming Heritage Day! Celebrate Heritage Day with one of SA’s most celebrated activities – the braai!’s Mission

Our mission is to position National Braai Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration. South Africans gathering around fires, being the central theme of the celebration.

  • National Heritage Day is a public holiday in South Africa. Our government set this day aside for all South Africans to celebrate our rich heritage.
  • Across race, language, region and religion, we all share one common heritage. It is called many things: Chisa Nyama, Braai and Ukosa to name few. Although the ingredients may differ, the one thing that never changes is that when we have something to celebrate we light fires, and prepare great feasts.
  • We encourage all South Africans to at some point during 24 September each year, gather around a fire and braai.
  • We liken this initiative to annual celebrations cherished by other leading nations of the world; Thanksgiving for Americans, St Patricks Day for the Irish, Bastille Day for the French and Australia Day for Australians.
  • This is a noble cause, which will contribute to strengthening South Africa as a nation.

Some braai words from

black wattle

Alien vegetation that uses a lot of water when alive. Good for the environment to chop it down and braai with it. Versatile braai wood, burns easily when dry, and makes decent coals.


Although this is a brand-name, it is used as a universal term in South Africa for fire lighters of any kind or brand. A frequently asked question at many a braai: “where is the blitz?”


Toasted sandwiches made with cheese, tomato, onion and a dash of chutney, then slowly braaied in a closed grid on light coals until golden brown on the outside and the cheese has melted on the inside.


gravy made of tomato, carrots, greenpepper, onion, curry, oil, chilli – though most of it can just be curry alone. Some also add green peas as well. It is nice and chilly!

And for those you have not braai’ed for a while (or long lost expats)..view the video on Cape Town Green Map

via Cape Town Green Map

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