Thaba-tseka hosts her­itage fes­ti­val

Lesotho Times - - Weekender - Mo­halenyane Phakela

THE district of Thaba-tseka is set to host its in­au­gu­ral her­itage fes­ti­val from 30 Septem­ber to 2 Oc­to­ber 2016. Ac­cord­ing to the fes­ti­val’s or­gan­iser, Phokane Tsi­etsi, the event is meant to co­in­cide with Le­sotho’s golden ju­bilee cel­e­bra­tions and show­case the district’s tourism at­trac­tions. Le­sotho at­tained in­de­pen­dence from Bri­tain on 4 Oc­to­ber 1966. “Thaba-tseka is usu­ally left be­hind dur­ing var­i­ous ac­tiv­i­ties held in the coun­try, yet it is the cen­tre of the coun­try and very rich in terms of cul­ture and tourism at­trac­tions,” he told the Week­ender this week. “A few ex­am­ples I can high­light are the Le­sotho High­lands Wa­ter Project and mo­hair farm­ers who made Le­sotho the sec­ond largest pro­ducer of mo­hair in the world.” Tsi­etsi said the fes­ti­val was also meant to pro­mote lo­cal busi­nesses. “We aim to pro­mote co­op­er­a­tives and youth de­vel­op­ment or­gan­i­sa­tions dur­ing the three days of the fes­ti­val by of­fer­ing them a plat­form to show­case their wares,” he said.

“The fes­ti­val is meant to be an an­nual event which pro­motes the Thaba-tseka district and coun­try at large. We will also hold quar­terly shows or­gan­ised by young peo­ple as a build up to the main event.”

A num­ber of fun-filled ac­tiv­i­ties have been lined up dur­ing the fi­esta such as horse rid­ing, hik­ing, crafts mar­ket, archery and quad bik­ing among oth­ers. Lo­cal ap­parel firm Ker­mit De­signs is sched­uled to host a fash­ion show spon­sored by Aranda Tex­tiles.

The en­ter­tain­ment line-up will en­com­pass Bhu­daza, Za­gro Dee­jays, Davertz, Thi­zozo, Lala, Hat­lane, Le­soetsa, Ragga Vybz and Kha­lala Tsa Or­ange Farm among oth­ers.

“In ad­di­tion to pro­mot­ing lo­cal mu­si­cians and crafters, the fes­ti­val will also fea­ture a pho­tog­ra­phy com­pe­ti­tion by the Peace Corps whose win­ner will be crowned at the fes­ti­val,” he said.

“Our in­ter­est is not to make money with this fes­ti­val, hence ad­mis­sion will be free. The aim is to pro­mote Ba­sotho busi­nesses by pro­vid­ing a plat­form for them to show­case their var­i­ous ser­vices and prod­ucts.”

Tsi­etsi also re­vealed they part­nered Ba­sotho En­ter­prise De­vel­op­ment Corporation, Econet Tele­com Le­sotho, the Le­sotho High­lands De­vel­op­ment Author­ity, Alliance In­sur­ance, Ma­luti Moun­tain Brew­ery, Le­sotho Fu­neral Ser­vices and Thaba-tseka district ad­min­is­tra­tors among oth­ers in men­tor­ing young peo­ple.

“We have part­nered with a lot of busi­nesses in the coun­try so they can as­sist us in de­vel­op­ing the youth through men­tor­ship pro­grammes,” he said.

“The aim is to em­power youths with skills to start and op­er­ate their own busi­nesses from peo­ple who have seen it all.”

Bhu­daza is lined-up to per­form at the fes­ti­val.

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