On 24 September every year, South Africans celebrate Heritage Day. On this day, we embrace what makes us uniquely South African. We often think of “heritage” as something found only in a museum or library, but out there, in our natural environment, we can also find some of this country’s most incredible heritage. Think fynbos and Cape parrots. Think giant quiver trees and tiny Table Mountain ghost frogs. Now, think oceans and our magnificent coastline.
South Africa’s marine heritage is as rich and diverse as the people of this country. With 2 500km of coastline and hundreds of endemic animals and plants, we certainly have much to be proud of. We asked some of our staff how they feel about our marine heritage. Here is what they had to say: