Sol hosts an­nual her­itage show­case

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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: rbezuiden­hout@sol­plaatje.org.za or Ms N Mtai (Tourism Of­fi­cer), 053 830 6271, e-mail: mn­tombikayise@sol­plaatje. org.za

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