Our heritage is not something we only think about during Heritage Month. Rather, it is a living, pulsating influence on how we live today. In South Africa, there are so many diverse cultures that make up the fabric of our nation. We wanted to celebrate the many reasons we have to believe in Mzansi, all of which are rooted in our heritage – the music, food, places, fashion and art that make South Africa special – but instead of just selecting our favourites. , we ask you, our online community, for yours. You voted in a series of polls, and this is what you told us…
Your favorite food
in the category SA most essential food, the classic braai or shisanyama, an integral part of leisure activities in many of SA’s diverse cultures, was a clear winner with a whopping 67% of the vote. Pap and stew, with 24% of the vote, came in second, beating out the other 2 choices, the bunny chow and the bobotie.
in the category The most iconic snackbiltong was well ahead of the other options with 58% of the vote, with magwinya/vetkoek not far behind with 39% and braai broodjies and chilli bites the other options.
Your Favorite dessert far and away it was the iconic South African version of jelly and custard, with a mighty 65% of the vote, followed by the classic koeksister with 35%.
Your favorite local dish It was a close category where idombolo (dumplings) emerged victorious with 49% of the votes, followed by chakalaka (25%), pap (16%) and morogo (18%).
Your favorite travel destinations
With inflation and the recovery of the national lockdown that ended on April 22 weighing heavily on South African pockets, we decided to focus not only on the best travel destinations, but also on the most affordable.
According to you, the more affordable The place to go for vacation is Bela Bela in Limpopo, with 47% of the vote, followed by Gauteng’s Magaliesburg (29%) and KZN’s Drakensburg Mountains (24%).
your choice for Best Tourist Attraction in South Africa it was everyone’s favorite place to see The Big 5, Kruger National Park (36%), narrowly beating Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain (34%), followed by the beauty of God’s Window from Mpumalanga (22%).
asked the more affordable What a way to go on vacation, 58% of you chose a self-catering accommodation, followed by camping (26%), backpacking (13%) and all-inclusive resorts (11%).
your favourite music
we ask you Favorite style of South African musicAnd you answered us loud and clear, with house and its recent hugely popular subgenre Amapiano getting 62% of the vote, followed by Kwaito and South African hip hop at 16%, jazz, soul and R&B at 14%. %, and traditional styles such as mbaqanga, sokkie and famo with 6%.
The facts of fashion
We were eager to find out just how much South Africans’ heritage influences their fashion sense. He asked, “What influences your fashion sense?” with the options ‘my heritage’, ‘music I listen to’, ‘fashion trends’ or ‘I only wear things’, 42% of you chose the last option. A significant number of you (19%) said your heritage drove your clothing choices, while a larger number (26%) preferred to follow the latest fashion trends. Just 12% said their music choices were the biggest factor driving what they wore.
Supporting art in difficult times
Once further informed by our knowledge that big spending is not an option for many South Africans at the moment, we set out to find out how South Africans view art. Galleries need our support, so it’s good to see that when asked about the The best places to see art, 38% of you said you visited art galleries. Slightly more of you (39%) said you could see the best art on the streets of Mzansi, while 31% looked no further than their phones and found their favorite art on Instagram.
Asked about the The best place to find affordable art, 49% of you said you shopped at flea markets, 28% at craft markets, and 11% at art fairs. Another 11% of you said you liked buying art directly from the artist.
Enjoying SA culture without breaking the bank
What emerged from our We Are Mzansi surveys is that South Africans love to celebrate their culture in ways that are affordable and accessible to them. With many South Africans feeling their wallets are running low, saving and investing is one way to ensure you have the funds you need to appreciate the culture and entertainment options South Africans love. We have a range of accounts to help make your dreams possible, such as:
Our PureSave account, with access to funds at any time, zero transaction fees and 4.35% interest
Our flexible advantage investment account, with access to funds at any time, zero transaction fees, 7.05% interest and an opening deposit of R1,000
Our tax free call investment account with access to funds at any time, zero transaction fees, 6.25% interest and zero taxes
Talk to one of our consultants about how to achieve your financial goals today. Terms and Conditions apply.
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