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Heritage Day/Month

"The theme for 2011 is "Celebrating the Heroes and Heroines of the Liberation Struggle in South Africa". The aim of the 2011 Heritage Month is to remind and reconnect the nation with its rich and diverse collective liberation heritage. The 2011 Heritage Month celebrations will be held by various sectors across the country.

The story of our liberation is a significant part of South Africa’s cultural heritage.

  • Liberation heritage is about the preservation of the history of the monumental struggle against imperialism, colonialism and other oppressive and repressive systems in our society.
  • Government calls on all sectors to use our liberation heritage as a vehicle to foster social cohesion, nation-building, economic development and inclusive citizenship.
  • Our liberation heritage was forged in the theatre of struggle that shaped the new South Africa, and can be actively used to contribute to the revival of social and political consciousness across the country.
  • All South Africans are called into action to promote a national identity that is self-conscious of its liberation heritage, which will in turn serve to promote unity in diversity among all sectors of South African society.

South Africa’s liberation story is celebrated by all those in the world who value equality and freedom.

  • The 2011 Heritage Month is the springboard which will strengthen the South African brand as one of the greatest theatres of struggle, victory over apartheid and a world-recognised model of reconciliation and nation-building.
  • Our rich liberation heritage must be used to draw visitors to South Africa and will also serve to ensure that we protect our common heritage and advance a national heritage which is accommodative of cultural diversity.
  • The aims of Heritage Month coincide with those of Tourism Month, which is celebrated under the international World Tourism Day 2011  theme of “Tourism Linking Cultures” and celebrates tourism’s role in breaking down barriers across cultures and fostering tolerance, respect and mutual understanding.
  • Government calls on all sectors to support the National Heritage Council Project of establishing a national liberation heritage route that will link all liberation heritage sites in South Africa, the Southern African Development Community region and continent.

Celebration of Heritage Month (September 2011)

The South African Consulate General in New York will be hosting the following trade and investment promotion events and activities in celebration of South African Heritage month.

The planning for these activities have been set in motion months in advance to take place during this month of September in celebration of Heritage Month. Planned activities were to highlight the mission’s efforts to elevate trade and investment between South Africa and North eastern states of New York and Pennsylvania.

Philadelphia World Trade Networking Reception,  22 September 2011

The South African Consulate General in New York will participate at the Philadelphia International Showcase event to be held on 22 September from 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Park Hyatt at the Bellevue in Philadelphia, PA. The event is being produced by the Greater Philadelphia World Trade Center. The event’s keynote speaker is State Senator Brubaker who is also the Co-chairman of the Council of State Governments, which is the parent organization of the ETC (Eastern Trade Council). The Philadelphia World Showcase will consist of a Networking Reception and one-on-one meetings between participating trade and investment representatives from various countries and members of the Philadelphia business community.

South African Global Food Station on 23 September 2011

The South African Consulate General in New York and Restaurant Associates in cooperation with US IMC - International Marketing Council will be hosting a food promotional event called The South African Global Station at the Hearst Corporation’s Headquarters Cafe’ on 57th Street and 7th Avenue featuring South African cuisine and sampling of leading South African specialty foods imported in the U.S. like the two time sofi gold winner, Rozendal  Gourmet Vinegars, Nando’s peri-peri sauces, Mrs. Balls’s Chutney and Something South African rubs and curry sauces. The promotion will take place during the lunch hours of 23 September and will be promoted at all Hearst staff communication media throughout the building (via Twitter, Cafe signages, Elevator screens and staff email.) South African dishes will be sampled at three food stations: Chef’s Table, The Global Food Station (2 Main courses, 1 dessert, 3 salad/antipasti courses) and The Grill, featuring South Africa Braai. Celebrated South African Chef, Charmain Sitthappah of The Seasoned Pot will be the Guest Chef and will sample traditional South Africa fish dish and desserts at the Chef’s Table. A South African food and wine basket will be on display and will be raffled at the end of the promotion.

South African Wine Class on 29 September

In addition to the South African food promotion, the South African Consulate General and Restaurant Associates in cooperation with Cape Classics, the leading importers of premium South African wines in New York City will host a South African wine class open for business executives and senior staff of the Hearst Corporation at a private section of Cafe 57. The South African Wine Class will take place late in the afternoon of Thursday, 29 September featuring wines from the leading South African wine estates sold in New York City.  Consul General George Monyemangene will make a special appearance to give opening remarks during the wine class which will be presented by Mr. Thierry Pradines, Wine Director of Restaurant Associates’ Wine and Spirits Consulting Service.

Metropolitan Museum Exclusive Members South African Wine Dinner – 30 September

The South African Consulate General in New York and Restaurant Associates in cooperation with Cape Classics and the IMC- International Marketing Council are hosting an exclusive Evening of South African Wines at the Metropolitan Museum’s  Members Dining Room . This exceptional wine dinner taking place on Friday, 30 September featuring world class wines from six of South Africa’s premier winemakers will only be extended to premier members of the museum. Attendees will enjoy the best of what South Africa has to offer with wines that range from classically elegant to bright and playful—paired with a South African tasting menu by Executive Chef Fred Sabo.

The South African wine dinner will kick-off a month long wine promotion which will include South African Wine flights paired with the tasting menu every Friday evening and Saturday evening from 1 October 1 – 22 October and a complimentary wine sampling of the evening’s featured South African winemaker before dinner reservations on 14 October and 15 October at the Petrie Court Cafe and MET Wine Bar. The South African tasting menu is available for dinner only, from 5:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., and is $62 per person.  The South African wine flights are $39 per person.  Reservations are suggested. For more information, please call (212) 570-3975.

Wine Tasting at the South African Consulate General  in celebration of Heritage Month, 28 September

The South African Consulate General in cooperation with the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce and the Women’s Forum Inc. will be hosting a Wine tasting and Networking Reception on the evening of 28/29 September from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at the Consulate in celebration of Heritage Month. The event will feature wines from the following wine estates: Beyerskloof, Juno, Stellenbosch Hills, Polkadraai Hills and empowerment wines from Koopmanskloof-One World Wines, M’Hudi, Ses-Fikile and Stellekaya (wines by award winning first black woman vintner Ntsiki Biyela).