The jazz festival is back to wrap up Heritage Month celebrations at Chris Hani DM

Sibongile Mbotshane, Chris Hani District Municipality Integrated Planning and Economic Development Portfolio Manager.

Photo: Chris Hani District Municipality (Facebook)

Chris Hani District Municipality (CHDM) intends to implement programs that will unite District residents in their diversity while striving to build socially cohesive communities through inclusive collaborative programs.

These sentiments were echoed by CHDM Integrated Planning and Economic Development Portfolio Manager Sibongile Mbotshane during a hybrid press briefing on Wednesday, September 14, outlining the programs for the Heritage Month celebrations.

Mbotshane said the celebrations will kick off with a celebration at Qamata Great Place on September 15. This was preceded by a Grade 12 debate on the late John Knox Bokwe.

“Traditional horse racing will follow on September 17 in the local municipality of Intsika Yethu where local jockeys will compete against other districts. This is a preparatory event for the Berlin Horse Racing event which usually takes place every year in Berlin in November. It aims to expose local jockeys to activities that will hone their skills, paving the way for them to compete in bigger events,” he said.

On the same day as the horse races, a district cultural festival – focusing on Maskandi music, will be held in the local municipality of Dr AB Xuma. The event, Mbotshane said, aims to showcase the culture in the district. The annual Ngqoko Cultural Festival, which has been approved by the local traditional authority, will take place in Emalahleni Local Municipality, Ngqoko Village on September 21.

“The provincial government has seen fit to align its heritage event with Ngcobo. Activities include a commemorative lecture, the launch of the new name of the municipality and the unveiling of the statues of Dr AB Xuma and Walter Sisulu,” Mbotshane said, adding that the events will take place on September 24.

The celebrations will end with the Chris Hani Jazz Festival on September 25.

The district has partnered with the Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture.

“The purpose of the event is to contribute to the development and preservation of jazz talent in the district and in the province. A list of artists will be shared in due course,” he said.

The event, which has not been able to take place for the past two years due to Covid-19, has already attracted multiple award-winning artists such as Zahara, Zonke Dikana and Ringo.

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