South Africa Heritage Day - 24th September 2019

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On this day, South Africans across the spectrum are encouraged 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. In KwaZulu-Natal, 24 September Heritage Day was known as Shaka Day, in commemoration of the Zulu King, Shaka.

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The Day Centre celebrated by inviting Brian and Pops who have lived in Scotland for 15 years, but were originally from South Africa. They performed the Gumboot Dance which is a South African dance that is performed by dancers wearing wellington boots. In South Africa these are more commonly called gumboots. The boots may be embellished with bells, so that they ring as the dancers stamp on the ground. This sound would be a code or a different calling to say something to another person a short distance away. This was used to communicate in the mines as there was strictly no talking otherwise there would be severe, drastic punishments at the discretion of their superior. The mines were very noisy workplaces, with pneumatic drills at work most of the time; in those days ear-defenders did not exist in South African mines.

Click the Link below to watch the video of Brian and Pops performing the Gumboot Dance.

Video of Gumboot Dance



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