It’s not very often that we take the time to truly celebrate our unique country; with its incredible diversity and rich cultural history, South Africa is, undoubtedly, one of a kind. We should also not underestimate the importance of being surrounded by people who come from different backgrounds, as it gives us all an opportunity to open our minds and embrace any differences.
And this is particularly vital during September, when South African celebrates Heritage Month, which ultimately culminates in Heritage Day on 24 September. As former President Nelson Mandela said in a 1996 speech: “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.”
Reflecting on the past is a very important exercise: not only doesn’t it place the rights and liberties we enjoy today into perspective, but it should also inspire us to better in the present in order to empower others in the future.
LAW FOR ALL: Diverse and Dedicated
Since 1993, LAW FOR ALL has worked tirelessly to break down the barriers to justice, making the law more affordable and accessible, empowering South Africans to enforce their rights. We are proud of the fact that our employees come from different backgrounds and cultures. Because we strive to be a true friend in the law, it’s vital for our experts to be relatable, empathetic and able to assist clients in a language they are most comfortable with. Our diversity is our strength, and a big part of our success.
This month, LAW FOR ALL takes a closer look at:
The History of the South African Flag
In 2019, the Nation mourned the loss of Mr Frederick Brownell, the designer of the South African flag. So, in honour of his legacy and #HeritageMonth, we’re taking a closer look at the history of the South African flag, what the colours symbolise and what you’re legally allowed and not allowed to do with it. It’s always great to brush up on your knowledge of this incredible symbol of freedom and equality.
Customary Marriages in South Africa
South Africa’s diversity challenges the law to evolve and protect the rights of all citizens from all cultural backgrounds. The Customary Marriages Act 120 of 1998 is an example of how traditions are recognised and respected. But, no matter how we celebrate love, heritage and commitment in all its diversity, getting married is always a legal affair.
Having a Braai in a Sectional Title in South Africa
Now we also cannot ignore the fact that Heritage Day is also synonymous with Braai Day in South Africa. Firing up the coals and grilling meat is pretty much a social ritual in our country. Of course, not everyone has a sprawling backyard to host a braai, and those in apartment complexes also want to participate in this proudly South Africa. But before you set up your braai and get the fire going, you should read up on what the law says about braai-ing is a sectional title scheme.
Language Policies and Discrimination in the Workplace in South Africa
Despite only being the 6th most common language in South Africa, English is still mostly spoken in places of employment and is considered the preferable language for business. But with 11 official languages, surely it’s not a requirement for employees to only speak English in the office? We unpack language policies in the workplace and what constitutes discrimination.
Looking back but not thinking backwards
As mentioned, looking back to appreciate how far we’ve come as a country is incredibly important and insightful, but our thoughts and efforts must also firmly be set on the future.
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