Our mission

National Braai Day LogoThe National Braai Day initiative aims to position National Heritage Day as South Africa’s annual day of celebration. We call on all South Africans to unite around fires, share our heritage and wave our flag on 24 September every year.

  • 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 unite around fires, share our heritage and wave our flag on 24 September every year.
  • 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 through this act of nation building and social cohesion.

If you want to read about how you can help the National Braai Day vision to become a reality, click here. If you want to read more about the definition of “Chisa Nyama”, click here.