National Braai Tour 2016 concludes in Nelson Mandela Bay


South Africa’s unofficial tong master, Jan Braai, will conclude his week-long National Braai Tour in Nelson Mandela Bay.

The National Braai Tour is held annually in celebration of Heritage Month, with teams taking a road trip across the country, enjoying the local sights and a South African passion for grilling meat over an open flame.

This initiative, which is sponsored by Archbishop Desmond Tutu, is aimed at encouraging national unity through the celebration of a shared food culture.

Jan Braai hails from Cape Town and believes that this campaign is a great way to bring the nation together and have great food as well.

“It’s been the greatest week of my life. We had this vision 12 years ago of the National Braai Day Project to unite 50 million South Africans around a fire, then that grew and now millions of South Africans are braaing on the 24th of September every year.  

“For quite a while, it’s been a dream and a vision of mine to create something like what we have here today, because essentially it’s a political roadshow,” Jan told RNEWS, after his arrival at The Willows Resort on Thursday evening.

This year marks the third year of the National Braai Tour, which started in Cape Town and will be coming to a close in Port Elizabeth, hometown of the tour’s salt and seasoning sponsor Cerebos.

At Thursday’s event, the team tested their skills by making braai-ed rib-eyed steak and mealie-pap and tomato relish cooked in a potjie.

“I always wanted to tour through the country, make some noise and get a bit of ‘gees’ going before Braai Day. The first year the tour was great, the second year was better, and I think the way it is now it can’t really improve. So, we will do exactly what we did this year and exactly the same thing next year,” said Jan.

The final stage will be wrapped up with a fillet steak braai and prize-giving at Addo Elephant National Park on Friday evening.