Reconciliation Day is around the corner, being celebrated every year on December 16. Originally a religious holiday among Christians, Reconciliation Day came into effect after the end of the apartheid era, and was implemented to celebrate all nations in our beautiful country living together in peace.

This year, observe this day in a way that lives up to its name. Here is what’s on in Cape Town and how you can make it special.

1. Reconciliation Day Race for Unity in Gugulethu

Dust of your running shoes for a 10 km race in Gugulethu. If you’re not ready for the big one, join the 4,2km fun run! Sweating it out with a crowd of fellow runners always brings a feeling of unity and comraderie. For more information, visit here.

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2. Unwind at a gin festival

If you’re not feeling sporty as such, rather indulge in the lighter side of life at the ‘2 Gin or not to gin taste experience’. With a range of eclectic gins, wines and beers, this family- and pet-friendly event in Plumstead will be a fun-filled day. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

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3. Have a braai with your neighbours

In the spirit of reconciliation, why not embrace community by hosting a lekker lunch for your friends around you? Admit it, we’re all guilty of not popping in to say hi to our neighbours often enough even though we live right next to them. Throw some tjops on the braai and crack open a cold one, you might just discover some new lifelong friends or future rugby watching partners.

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4. Have a slow day with a good meal

Slow Cooked Sundays are a popular monthly event among many Capetonians. This month, it will be extra special as it will be held on the Monday to celebrate Reconciliation Day! Enjoy refreshing beer tastings, brilliant live music and scrumptious food. For more information, visit the Facebook event.

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5. Go Christmas shopping at a crafts market

If your Christmas tree is still looking a bit empty at home, hurry and do your shopping for the festive season at a local crafts market. The Mother City has a plethora of Christmas markets to choose from, and items are usually locally made and one-of-a-kind. Most of them have delicious coffee shops and food stalls, so you can take a break when your feet get tired from all the shopping!

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Article written by

Anita Froneman