Last week myself and ‘Jan Braai vir Erfenis’ (our highly rated TV show on kykNET DSTV channel 111) director Stephanus Rabie embarked on a tour of epic proportions around South Africa. A week plus two weekends gives you nine days and there are also nice provinces in South Africa. So we toured around the country and in the space of nice days we braaied in all nice provinces. It was called the ‘National Braai Day warmup tour’, because National Braai Day is this coming Monday 24 September. A day for all South Africans to celebrate our country’s rich and diverse heritage by getting together at the one meeting point that we all love, around a fire, to have a braai!
On day one in Pretoria, Gauteng we braaied with South African rockstars Fokofpolisiekar and Jack Parow covering the arts part of our heritage.
Day two: We braaied at and for the Rusoord old age home in Brits, North West. Yes, the elderly like to braai.
Day three: In Bela Bela, Limpopo we braaied venison. Game farms are an iconic part of South African heritage. These are Kudu Sosaties.
Day four was spent in Witbank, Mpumalanga braaing boerewors rolls with kindergarten kids. The youth obviously like to braai and I also gave them some tips, which I think of as the ‘braai development program’.
On day five I had the opportunity to braai with the Griekwas rugby team in the GWK stadium in Kimberley, Northern Cape. Sport is an important part of our heritage, and sports people also love to braai.
Day six was spent just outside Parys in the Freestate. We braaied on the banks of the Vaal River, in the Vredefort Dome which is one of eight World Heritage Sites in South Africa.
Day seven was spent braaing curry, peri peri and chilli spiced meats in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal at the Suncoast Hotel. The eastern spice influence is part of our culinary heritage and what better way to celebrate this than with a braai in Durban!
On the eighth day we had a gourmet braai with Trevor, the chef at Crossways Country Kitchen outside Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. South Africa has many world-class chefs, and they all like to braai.
On day nice the tour was rounded off with a township braai in Gugulethu, Cape Town.
Nine days, nine provinces, nine braais. Young and old, inland and coastal, township and suburb, sport star and rock star, everybody in South Africa loves to braai; enjoy your braai on Monday 24 September 2012, wherever you are!
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