Ah, the braai. The meat sizzling on the grill, aromas wafting through the air. Peals of laughter can be heard and broad smiles across everyone’s faces. Then there’s the queue, with everyone piling up their plates with delicious meats and goodies. And afterwards plates are abandoned and everyone is dancing. These are my memories of what makes a great braai – especially on Heritage Day. Jan Braai may have coined the term, but Braai Day has always been part of the lexicon of South African language. It is what many people do on Heritage Day. What better way to ring in the new season, than having a braai? In this special edition, we celebrate all things braai. From braai culture and tips that will make you a braai master, on how to choose the right meat and how to braai vegetables perfectly. The recipes by Spice Mecca are perfect for what constitutes the ideal braai. I hope you will be inspired to improve your braai game for Braai Day – while also hosting a memorable braai. Let’s get the sizzle on! – Buhle Mbonambi