Sol hosts annual heritage showcase
THE “DRAAI by die Y” showcase, Kimberley’s third annual heritage celebration, takes place tomorrow.
According to Sol Plaatje municipal spokesperson, Thoko Riet, this year is an extra special occasion as the event will not only be celebrating “coloured culture”, but also because 2017 is the International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development.
This year’s event will see a panel discussion on coloured culture, which will be facilitated by the Sol Plaatje University.
The Draai by die Y showcase will take place at the Yorkshire Grounds on Saturday, from 8am to 6pm, and admission is free.
The celebration will kick off with a 5km walking tour by a certified tour guide through the streets of the Greater No 2 in Galeshewe.
“The tour will explore the furthermost part of the Mural Route (Bantu Hall, Old Police Station and Social Centre) and visit significant areas of interest like the Mayibuye Memorial Precinct, a place where a dozen innocent people lost their lives during the November 1952 Uprising, and the Ivuma Centre, located on the grounds once utilised by the late general secretary of the ANC in the 1950s, Dr Elias Letele.
“The tour also encompasses live entertainment as local artists are given a platform to express their talent at certain attractions while strollers fuel up on refreshments,” Riet said.
A new addition to this year’s event will be the Mayor’s Garden, where the mayor and municipal manager will be hosting their guests and event sponsors. The garden will be marked by Sol Plaatje Municipality’s award winning Garden Feature at the Sunday Tribune Garden & Leisure Show 2016 under the theme: Fantasy and Design.
“This will be the gateway to the Sustainable Tourism Hub which includes speakers on the topic, and an exhibition on Kimberley’s offerings.”
A variety of crafters and designers will also have their designs on display for sale at the event, while authors, poets and distributors will be available to showcase and promote their books and pieces.
Also on the day’s line-up is the “Lekkerste Potjie Competition”, which will see six local teams competing for the top three prize trophies. The competition will be open to all local catering businesses registered on the Sol Plaatje Municipality database and the potjiekos will be served to the 300 anticipated visitors on the day, including exhibitors, programme line-up artists and staff.
The cook-off will be judged by a panel of two and the teams will be judged on taste, originality, presentation and team outfits under the theme “Proudly South African”. Other activities at the grounds will include an aerobics challenge, the “Show and Shine” car show, a graffiti contest (under the theme: I Love Kimberley), live local acts and a local DJ.
Further information can be obtained from the tourism office of SPM: Romano Bezuidenhout (Senior Tourism Officer), 053 830 6276, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org or Ms N Mtai (Tourism Officer), 053 830 6271, e-mail: mntombikayise@solplaatje. org.za