According to the South African History Online, before Heritage Day also became known as Braai Day, it was celebrated as Shaka Day by the Zulus in KwaZulu-Natal.
The idea for Braai Day came from the Braai4Heritage organisation.
In 2005, a media campaign tried to “re-brand” the holiday as National Braai Day “in recognition of the South African culinary tradition of holding informal backyard” braais. The organisation aims to have all South Africans “celebrate their common roots by having a braai (barbecue) on Heritage day.”
Who created Braai Day
The event was created by Jan Scannell who is also known as “Jan Braai.” On 5 September 2007, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu was made the National Spokesperson for Braai Day.