The Comrades Marathon hosted 14 343 competitors in 2010, the most runners in an ultra-marathon ever.
A group of South Africans hold the record for most people surfing one wave. Muizenberg beach saw 110 people surfing the same wave in 2009.
We also hold the record for the most vuvuzelas blown simultaneously. Just over 12 500 people participated in the event held at a Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates match.
We also hold records for the world’s highest bungee jump, the first heart transplant, the largest donation of pet food in a week, the longest braai marathon, the most official languages, the largest speed dating event, and the first woman to be first lady of two countries. We are known for incredible icons such as Steve Biko (pg. 10), our sense of entertainment (pg. 7), cultural diversity (pg. 12), and some awesome sporting ability (pg. 14).
I think these things speak tons for the uniqueness of the nation. South Africa has inspirational, creative, tenacious, friendly, beautiful people and they live in a gorgeous, diverse and rich landscape.
Yes, there are many things to be negative about, but taking a day to celebrate all that is good about being South African and what we have inherited, whether it is by celebrating your own personal heritage or the heritage of South Africa, is fantastic. The world could be a better place with a bit more positivity and celebration.
Enjoy your Spring Day and Heritage Day break! Our next edition will be out on 19 October.