Who is Jan Braai?

Jan Braai (real name Jan Scannell) is the man behind the National Braai Day initiative. To contact Jan Braai, please go to the contact us page on this website. To visit or follow the Twitter profile of Jan Braai use this link. To ask Jan Braai a question that will be answered on this website, use this link. To chat with Jan on Facebook, go here.

“… what Jan Scannell had in mind with the Braai Day initiative… is nurturing and embracing a common South African culture, which is shared across all races and genders. Not one South African person can tell you that they have never witnessed a braai. Even in rural areas they light a fire and put their meat on it to cook.” – Archbishop Desmond Tutu (The Times 12/09/2008)

“Curiously, an unknown figure like Jan Scannell… has suddenly become a name familiar to millions of lips as he has become an agent of change who wants to see people “burn the past into blackness”….. He epitomises the spirit of concerned people who want to shape the cultural direction that the country should take….” – Sandile Memela (The Star 29/09/2007)

“Jan Scannell, the Tongmaster and living legend” – Hunter Kennedy, Member of Fokofpolisiekar & Heuwels Fantasties (Die Burger 24/9/2007)

“We’re South Africans, and enjoying a braai comes to us all as naturally. Which makes Jan Scannell, a smart man. How can he lose? Even vegetarian South Africans find a way to braai. Good idea, good website – the only ingredient Scannell lacked was a good sell. No problem. Get on the phone to Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, Nobel peace laureate and the second most famous South African – and, incidentally, the person who coined the phrase “rainbow nation” to describe post-aparteid SA – and ask him to endorse your campaign.” – South Africa info (11/09/2007)