The World Travel Awards dubbed the "Oscars" of the travel industry by The Wall Street Journal has once again honored Cape Town as Africa's leading tourist destination.
Today is Heritage day also known as National Braai Day, braai= barbecue, one of South Africa's favourite pastimes usually accompanied by some rugby, cricket or soccer on the telly.
Heritage day is a public holiday celebrating all aspects of South Africa's diverse cultures. Out here in the Cape of Good Hope we are enjoying wonderful weather ideal for a braai and what better accolade to accompany it.
In an address marking Heritage Day in 1996, (former) President Mandela stated:
"When our first democratically-elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation
We did so knowing that the struggles against the injustice and inequities of the past are part of our national identity; they are part of our culture. We knew that, if indeed our nation has to rise like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes of division and conflict, we had to acknowledge those whose selfless efforts and talents were dedicated to this goal of non-racial democracy."