This Heritage Day, there are many things South Africans can remember fondly. Here are just a few

By Zululand Observer, 09/25/2017

Dr Christiaan Barnard performed the first ever human-to-human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

World’s first heart transplant – 1967

On 3 December, the world waited with bated breath as Dr Christiaan Barnard performed the first ever human-to-human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

The nine-hour operation was the first of its kind, proving to be a success while putting South Africa firmly on the world map of medical firsts.

Dr Christiaan Barnard

South Africa wins Rugby World Cup – 1995

A moment forever etched in the minds of millions of South Africans, the ’95 Rugby World Cup is undoubtedly one of those events in history where every South African rugby fan will remember where they were at the time.

Moments to remember include the jumbo jet doing a low flyover at the stadium, and president at the time Nelson Mandela handing the winner’s trophy to team captain Francois Pienaar.

First South African in space – 2002

Welkom-born Mark Shuttleworth became the first ‘space tourist’ and the world’s second self-funded space tourist.

This trip also made Shuttleworth the first citizen of an independent African country to travel to space as a tourist.

Shuttleworth is the founder of the NPO Shuttleworth Foundation that aims to assist in social development.

SA’s first goal in the Soccer World Cup – 2010

The seven years since South Africa hosted the Soccer World Cup have gone by in a flash, but all soccer fans will surely remember that first goal.

South Africa was gripped with soccer fever as fans from all over the world descended on our shores.

The country appeared to explode when the magic happened in the 55th minute of the first match as Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the first goal.

Chad le Clos beats Michael Phelps – 2012

Keeping with the sporting theme, who could forget the unbelievable race to the finish line as Chad le Clos beat world number one US swimmer Michael Phelps at the London Olympics.

South Africans in the audience went wild as Le Clos won the 200m butterfly final.

For the first time, Phelps was forced to accept a silver medal as Le Clos stood tall on the podium’s top spot.

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