September is celebrated as Heritage Month from 1 to 30 September and Heritage Day is celebrated in South Africa every year on 24 September. Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the cultural wealth of the nation. South Africans celebrate the day by remembering the cultural heritage of the many cultures that make up the population of South Africa.
South Africa is also home to eight of the 981 World Heritage Sites which are recognised by the United Nations Educational and Scientific Organisation as places of outstanding cultural and historical importance.
These sites are:
• Mapungubwe Cultural Landscape in Limpopo
• Robben Island in the Western Cape
• Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng
• the Cape Floral Region in both the Western and Eastern Cape
• Vredefort Dome in the Free State
• uKhahlamba Drakensberg Park
• Isimangaliso Wetland Park in KwaZulu- Natal
• Richtersveld Cultural and Botanical Landscape in the Northern Cape.
Heritage sites of South Africa offer a diversity and abundance of cultural and natural values that encapsulate the value systems of the country.
Until now great progress has been achieved by South African cultural institutions.
• Prior to 1994 South African museums and monuments were accessible only to a few and reflected the experiences and political ideals of the minority.
• Since 1994 Government has ensured that many institutions like museums and monuments reflect the history and experiences of all South African citizens.
• South African cultural institutions are today in line with SA Constitution and SA Bill of Rights that recognize and respect people's culture equally.
• South Africa have named various Heritage sites and buildings after a number of South African liberation struggle icons from South Africa and the continent. These include Sol Plaatjie, Nelson Mandela, Shaka Zulu, Steve Biko, Samora Machel, Kenneth Kaunda and many others.
• South Africa is also home to eight of the world's official heritage sites, as determined by UNESCO's World Heritage Committee.
• South African national anthem represents various components of South Africa's past and it is owned by everyone.