With 20 years of democracy under our belt, South Africa has a lot to celebrate, and when one thinks of a celebration, one of the first elements that come to mind is popping the champagne. As one of the largest fine champagne producers worldwide, G.H. Mumm & Cie encapsulates all that is celebratory.
Mandla Holomisa, G.H. Mumm Brand Manager at Pernod Ricard South Africa, says, "Something worth celebrating for South Africa is the fact that the country has reached the milestone of 20 years of democracy. On 27 April, we will celebrate 20 years since South Africa experienced its first democratic elections. This was an event in which all South Africans had an equal standing in choosing the government they thought worthy of leading the country. Leading up to the 2014 elections, this milestone is definitely something to be celebrated.
"But, we must recognise that, as South Africa is such a diverse nation, there will be as many diverse reasons why this day will be celebrated. We then called on a handful of South African bloggers to share why they will be celebrating on 27 April."
- Jerri Mokgofe of According to Jerri, reflects on an experience he had with a friend in Kalk Bay in Cape Town; and explains that his best way to celebrate the milestone "will entail taking a few minutes of the day with a pen and paper for some self introspect.
- Providing her perspective, Candice-Lee Kannenmyer of In My Bag speaks about a conversation she had with her 10-year-old daughter, which highlights how far we have come in the past 20 years.
- Greg Forbes of gregforbes speaks of his memories of the first democratic election day, and explains why he thinks that South Africa is less of a nation and more like a family, and why it should not be regarded as "just another public holiday".
- Quinley Botha of Swagcraze highlights all the reasons the day is worth celebrating to him - political, socially and otherwise.
"The celebration of 20 years of democracy means to me that we can celebrate progress made in the country. To take a moment to reflect and remember the lives that were lost and the sacrifices for the fruits which some of us enjoy today. But, at the same time, let that be a reminder and a further motivation to improve the position that the country finds itself in, because the struggle for some of the ideals that were fought for have not yet been realised for some. Let us celebrate that understanding, and celebrate the solutions that we have for the road ahead. Once we feel we have completed this, the champagne we drink again will be so much more sweeter than it is today," says Holomisa.
He concludes, "Whatever the past 20 years have meant to you, we encourage you to find your own reasons to celebrate. It's a day that deserves to be celebrated and shared with friends and family, with a world-class champagne like G.H. Mumm."