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16 December 2020

December 16, 2020

is called The Day of Reconciliation in Mzansi. The first-ever Day of Reconciliation was celebrated as a public holiday in South Africa on 16 December 1995, – The aim was to take the day, which had significance for various cultural groups, and change its symbolism – previously celebrated as the day of the Vow-, to one of promoting reconciliation and unity. The holiday came into effect in 1995 after the end of apartheid, with the intention of fostering national unity for the country.
The race of national unity, yes we are still running. When it comes to honouring ourselves or just giving ourselves a huge warm hug, we tend to fail miserably, we have a tendency to destruct and let go of the little bit that we do have, our common love and our common differences, and throw caution to the wind.

For the past 25 years 16 December arrived with balmy summer days. We are blessed with beach and more beach splashed all over our country. There is sufficient saltwater for everyone, soak up in salt for the day, return home to wash it all down and then to sleep the night away. An indescribably beautiful feeling.
But no, over the last 25years we have moaned and bemoaned the day and complained miserably about the colours we witnessed swimming in our waters on reconciliation day, formally known as the day of the vow. We gave away our honour and our pride, to forgive and let go, to hold each other high. We are still very much infantile and delinquent when it comes to love, honour and pride.
Today 16 December 2020, most beaches will be closed, this includes all other public holidays over the festive season, except in the Western Cape.

Our world has changed, hard times require unity, coming together and to recompose and redefine ourselves again. To wake up and smell the possibilities and give ourselves the gift of a new day. Like a pearl formed through our pain and our tears, to wipe away our tears, soothe our wounds and join together in a Blessed Unity, a Reconciliation, carrying our Dignity as a nation in all Honesty. This is the earnest prayer today from me for my country. Blessed Day of Reconciliation Mzansi. – surely, Surely there is no other way than to swim towards one another.

Pincushion Protea from our Garden in the Valley of KZN

Actually the King Protea is our national flower but I am delighted to show-off my Pincushion Protea in honour of our National Celebratory Day, calling for unity – 16 December 2020, through truth and reconciliation.

“Because Pincushion Proteas are part of the Cape Fynbos floral kingdom there might be a perception that they are temperamental and difficult to grow in other provinces. This is not true, because they fare very well elsewhere, including in other rainfall climates, and once established can even tolerate a little frost.”



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