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Heritage Day

Mendel Katz filmed a short film about the country’s political heritage and how South Africa has been reborn since it’s days of Apartheid.


Mendel Katz captured the real South Africa through his lens. We love sharing videos of the stunning beaches, mountains and forests or of the wild animals that roam our grasslands. But seeing the real people of our country, the men, women and children that are the majority of our population, living with joy in their eye’s. Is more beautiful than any other video we could have shared.

Mendel captured the true nature of our spirit and our heritage, it is captivating! While our country is currently in a political tug-of-war that doesn’t mean the end. Our political heritage is a dark one and we are still in the early days of our democracy but there is hope, there is still work to be done! As Nelson Mandela said,

“As we celebrate, let us remind ourselves that our work is far from complete. Where there is poverty and sickness, including AIDS, where human beings are being oppressed, there is more work to be done. Our work is freedom for all …” – Nelson Mandela

Mendel called the short film “A Country Reborn” and said,

The inspiration for creating this short is to celebrate how far South Africa has come since Apartheid, while also highlighting it’s long-term battle against poverty.

The intention is not to gloss over the current political issues, particularly regarding the ANC, but rather to showcase the full political rights of the citizenry.

Heritage Day encourages South Africans to celebrate their culture and the diversity of their beliefs and traditions, in the wider context of a nation that belongs to all its people.

“…when South Africans celebrate the diverse cultural heritage that makes up a “rainbow nation”. It is the day to celebrate the contribution of all South Africans to the building of South Africa” – Stephen Lowry

Sources: Vimeo
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Tyler Vivier
Tyler Leigh Vivier is a writer for Good Things Guy. Her passion is to spread good news across South Africa with a big focus on environmental issues, animal welfare and social upliftment. Outside of Good Things Guy, she is an avid reader and lover of tea.

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