Our 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.

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.