Heritage Day celebrates the diversity of South Africa. It is one of the newer public holidays, declared after the republic became a democratic state in 1994. We look at the origins of the day, and recall the first celebration in 1996.
To give all eligible South Africans the opportunity to vote in the local elections on 3 August 2016, the day has been declared a public holiday. All citizens who can vote are encouraged to visit polling stations and exercise their democratic right.
The Ad Hoc Committee formed to facilitate the appointment of a new public protector has received 21 nominations from the public. Nominees' names will be made available after 24 June. The position becomes vacant when the term of Thuli Madonsela, the incumbent, ends in October.
It took a single day for young South Africans to change the course of South Africa's history, setting us on the path to democracy. That day was 16 June 1976. Here is an hour-by-hour account of events as they unfolded, 40 years ago.
Almost half of registered voters for South Africa's upcoming local elections are under the age of 40. Young people have taken an interest in the elections and recognised the importance of participating in an active democracy. First time voters share their thoughts.
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