City to host pres­ti­gious her­itage awards

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THE CON­TRI­BU­TION of artists, ac­tivists and aca­demics to the coun­try’s legacy will be hon­oured tonight when the win­ners of the sev­enth an­nual Golden Shield Her­itage Awards (Gosha) are an­nounced at the Mit­tah Seperepere Con­ven­tion Cen­tre in Kim­ber­ley.

Dur­ing this glam­orous gala event, the Na­tional Her­itage Coun­cil of South Africa (NHC), in part­ner­ship with the provin­cial De­part­ment of Sports, Arts and Cul­ture (DSAC) and the Sol Plaatje Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, will ac­knowl­edge the work done by South Africans by an­nounc­ing the re­cip­i­ents of the sought-af­ter awards.

“As the name of the awards sug­gests, these are the peo­ple who acted as shields against the oblit­er­a­tion of our cul­tural and nat­u­ral her­itage,” said DSAC spokesper­son, Con­rad For­tune.

“It is im­por­tant to ac­knowl­edge, thank and take pride in peo­ple who con­tin­u­ously con­trib­ute self­lessly to the preser­va­tion, in­ter­pre­ta­tion and pro­mo­tion of South Africa’s rich cul­tural her­itage.”

NHC CEO, Son­wa­bile Man­co­tywa, de­scribed the Gosha as the only pro­gramme on the African con­ti­nent that recog­nises the work done by her­itage prac­ti­tion­ers to pre­serve, pro­tect and pro­mote her­itage coun­try­wide.

The con­tri­bu­tion made by var­i­ous role-play­ers in the North­ern Cape has not been over­looked.

The win­ners in each of the 12 main cat­e­gories will re­ceive a golden shield cer­tifi­cate, tro­phy and a cheque for R10 0000, while the run­ners-up will walk away with a tro­phy and a cheque for R5 000.

This year’s nom­i­nees in­clude Head of Ar­chae­ol­ogy for the McGre­gor Mu­seum and Ex­tra­or­di­nary Pro­fes­sor at Sol Plaatje Univer­sity’s Her­itage De­part­ment, Dr David Mor­ris, whose doc­toral re­search into the sig­nif­i­cance of rock art con­ser­va­tion has seen him short­listed for the Gosha for Aca­demic Ex­cel­lence.

His in-depth knowl­edge of the ar­chae­ol­ogy and his­tory of the North­ern Cape has al­ready seen him named a Re­gional Her­itage Cham­pion, along with five other win­ners from the area, who will also be hon­oured at tonight’s gala, over and above the main awards.

These lo­cal cham­pi­ons in­clude renowned Galeshewe-based wa­ter colourist and sculp­tor, Rochester Mafafo, whose ex­ten­sive body of work de­picts South Africa’s town­ships for pos­ter­ity.

Keaoboka Molomo’s work with in­dige­nous lan­guages, heal­ing civil­i­sa­tions sys­tems mem­ory ver­sus am­ne­sia, will also be ac­knowl­edged along with that of tour guide, ac­tor, pro­ducer and mo­ti­va­tional speaker, Ke­go­mod­itstwe Marup­ing.

Founder of the Galeshewe Theatre Or­gan­i­sa­tion (Gato), Phemelo Sediti, will be the fi­nal re­cip­i­ent of the re­gional ac­co­lade for work done in the tourism in­dus­try within com­mu­ni­ties where un­em­ploy­ment, al­co­hol abuse and crime are daily con­cerns.

Mean­while, as part of the Prov­ince’s Her­itage Month fes­tiv­i­ties and in the build-up to tonight’s event, DSAC, Sol Plaatje Mu­nic­i­pal­ity and the NHC em­barked on a cul­tural pa­rade to his­toric sites in Kim­ber­ley on Wed­nes­day af­ter­noon.

“The march to the var­i­ous sites re­minded us not to lose sight of our her­itage and how dif­fer­ent strands of his­tory have in­flu­enced and shaped us to who we are, as well as what it means to be free,” For­tune said yes­ter­day.

“The pa­rade, in it­self, fos­tered so­cial co­he­sion within our di­verse her­itage and served as a build-up to the Gosha.”

HON­OUR: Rochester Mafafo stand­ing in his home with some of his art­work. Pic­ture: Danie van der Lith

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