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How I celebrate my traditions and culture.

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There are many ways to celebrate our culture and tradition, as Heritage day reminds us. This is the day when we celebrate things that make us proud to be South African, like our languages, traditions, traditional clothes, food and music.

For some people, like Koketso, every day seems to be heritage day. She is a traditional healer. “It means that my life is filled with rituals and rules that I observe, like burning a plant called impepho every morning to cleanse myself and my surroundings. When you are a sangoma (traditional healer), you learn everything that has to do with culture and customs. You have to perform rituals like speaking to ancestors,” she explains.

Koketso knows that it’s unusual to see a teenage healer, and loves making people curious. “When people ask me questions, it’s an opportunity for me to teach them about our traditions. Talking about my calling, and life as a sangoma is a way to celebrate African heritage.”

When she got her calling at 13, she was not afraid because her grandmother always told her about Basotho traditions and customs. Education is just as important to her. “We asked my ancestors to allow me to finish school so I only consult on weekends and during school holidays. This Heritage Day, I’m proud to live in a country where I can celebrate my culture and traditions daily without being judged for it.”

You don’t need a calling to celebrate heritage. You can learn a new language from any of the 11 official ones in South Africa, or start mixing traditional prints into your outfits, like rocking a doek. Knowing our history is another way of celebrating our heritage.

Happy Heritage month Springsters!

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Hey springsters I am a proud sepedi girl who loves and respects her culture #Loveyourculture🌈

Sept. 21, 2022, 2:08 p.m.

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That's good that you're proud of your culture


Hey girls after I read this story Im starting to be proud about being a XHOSA girl🤩👧

Sept. 16, 2022, 5:42 p.m.

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Nam ndingumXhosa


Girl you should always be proud 😉 and believe in your self ☺️


I agree with Kokie


HEY springester thank you iam proud that Iam a Zulu girl most of the time ispeak Xhosa my mom is aXhosa lady iam proud of my self viva language❤❤❤💜🤗😄

Aug. 24, 2022, 5:04 a.m.


I'm a proud Tsonga girl who loves her tradition. But I speak Sesotho at home which is my mother's language but I love speaking English the most.I think English is an international language which can get you far in life.

Aug. 7, 2022, 4:01 p.m.

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Yo go gal


I love South Africa,Some people thing South Africa is dirty and ugly and but what I think it's a beautiful country ❤️🌍

July 18, 2022, 1:27 p.m.

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Only South Africans say south Africa is dirty because we've been living in it for how many years. Foreigners only see South Africa's wild animals


Logan25 is right

Thank you Springster Squad I am proud of My Sepediegh Culture Springsters please love and embrace your culture :)

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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Hey Springster, that's great. Celebrate your culture proudly!


Thank you Springster I'll embrace my culture with open arms and I'll make sure I teach young ones about the importance of our traditional and culture

hey guys I would love to be told how do u know that you have a calling of being a Sangoma traditional healer?

March 20, 2022, 9 p.m.

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Hi Springster. Thanks for your comment. Unfortunately we aren't to clued up on the things an individual would experience when they have the calling. I'd advise you try speaking to a parent, mentor or professional who can assist in this matter.

thanks sister GAbi A lot....jst that i am lost i am even afraid to talk about it

your old granny's or grandpa came a in your dreams in many ways ,same came as water ,snakes ,etc .

So what if the calling is going slow and it is causing you to suffer what do you do?


Some times it shows some dreams and some times I dlozi can appear anytime or u get sick