Celebrating our diversity! Freedom Day - South Africa

Celebrating our diversity! Freedom Day - South Africa
National Days

At Alice Smith School we welcome students from over 40 different nationalities and enjoy celebrating many festivals often through our shared love of food! National and special days give us opportunities to come together and experience a small part of each other's cultures - with the support of our wonderful kitchen teams! On Wednesday, 28th April (a day late), we will be celebrating for the first time, Freedom Day of South Africa. 

Freedom Day - South Africa

South Africa flagThe 27th April celebrates freedom and commemorates the first post-apartheid elections held on that day in 1994. These elections were the first non-racial elections where everyone of voting age from any race group was allowed to vote.  

President Nelson Mandela addressed Parliament on the first anniversary of Freedom Day with:

As dawn ushered in this day, 27th April 1994, few of us could suppress the welling of emotion, as we were reminded of the terrible past from which we came as a nation; the great possibilities that we now have; and the bright future that beckons us.

The canteen will be serving some traditional South African food so come along and try:

  • Bobotie, pronounced ba-boor-tea, the national dish of South Africa is a delicious mixture of curried meat and fruit with a creamy golden topping, not dissimilar to moussaka and will be served with Yellow Rice, Roast Pumpkin and Salad; or
  • Bunny Chow, a South African fast food dish consisting of a hollowed-out loaf of white bread filled with curry served with Soft Bun and Salad; or
  • Peri Peri Tofu with Vegetables and Rice. Peri Peri is one name for the African bird’s-eye chili and is quite famous for being the key ingredient in a certain South African chicken 🐓  restaurant's sauce!

There'll also be a selfie 📷 opportunity as ‘Nelson Mandela’ himself will be making a guest appearance along with his pet lion 🦁! Don't forget to tag @AliceSmithSch in your posts.