The Merafong City Local Municipality’s Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts, Culture and Heritage (SRACH) in partnership with Sello Maake kaNcube Foundation were on a four day roadshow searching for talented singers, actors and actresses across Merafong.
The Gauteng Department of Arts and Culture which will be monitoring and evaluating performance of this programme has identified Merafong City Local Municipality as a pilot area for this programme. Through this programme, thirty young people within the Arts industry will be selected as participants wherein relevant capacity building will be provided.
The Actors Youth skills Incubator Programme is an initiative by the nationally renowned actor Mr. Sello Maake Ka Ncube. The main objective of the project is to inspire and nurture artistic talent which will contribute to the Growth, Development and Prosperity of the creative industry. The programme is fully funded by the Mzanzi Golden Economy (MGE) and is expected to also meet the objectives of job creation and promote the development of a sustainable creative industry ecosystem. The conceptual overview of the programme outlined will ensure that participants acquire skills in Acting, Directing and Writing.
The search started at Khutsong community hall on 6 March 2018, where young people from around the area came in numbers to participate on the day. The next day the programme continued to Wedela, where contestants did their best. On 8 March the auditions were held at Carletonville Civic Centre, young women came through in high numbers compared to young men. The auditions ended in Kokosi where the majority of participants did well. All the participants that did well from all the areas went through to the semi-finals that were held on 14 and 15 March 2018. They were enthusiastic and determined to give their best, as a result they performed to their optimal level and it’s evident that there is talent in Merafong.
During the process of the auditions there were some participants who showed a high resilience by forming groups to warm up their voices. The founder Maake ka Ncube gave a sincere appreciation to Merafong City Local Municipality for playing a big role by working as a collective with the foundation.
Maake ka Ncube mentioned that he was very impressed with the talent shown in Merafong, “I am going to train these youngsters further and they will be untouchable afterwards” he said. However those who did not perform well but showed passion were encouraged to work on their voices and come again to the next audition which will take place in 2019
One of the participants 22 year old Mpho Kekana said, “It’s an honour to have a person like Sello Maake kaNcube in our area, it shows that there’s a bright future for the youth of Merafong”.
The municipality is very excited at the opportunity provided to unearth talent and exposing theatre to areas generally referred to as smaller towns. In support of the program, the Municipality has availed venues and related logistics to ensure that the program is efficiently implemented.
All the participants that went through to the semi-finals will go through to the finals on Thursday 29 March 2018 at the Carletonville Civic Centre wherein the thirty finalists will be selected for participating in the programme.
Community members from Kokosi came in numbers to witness the public wetlands awareness campaign at Kokosi Community Hall in February 2018. The campaign was held by the Department of Environmental Affairs in partnership with Merafong City Local Municipality and Rand Water Foundation. The main objective of the campaign was to create awareness amongst community members on the importance of preserving wetlands for the future generation.
Amongst other dignitaries, that attended were MEC for Agriculture and Rural Development Lebogang Maile, Members of the Mayoral Committee (MMC’s) councillors and primary school learners. MMC for Integrated Waste Management Cllr Bella Lephuting gave a warm word of welcome to all present and informed everyone about the importance of Wetlands.
Wetlands are important for the prevention of flooding by holding water like a sponge. By doing so wetlands help keep river levels normal and filter and purify the water surface, they accept water during storms and whenever water levels are high they slowly release water. Unlike most other habitats, wetlands directly improve other ecosystems. Because of its many cleansing benefits, wetlands have been compared to kidneys. It’s quite simple: no wetlands means no water.
The West Rand District Municipality MMC for Environment Cllr Matuwane gave a scope of the purpose of the event, which is to educate the community on wetlands and where they can be found. She also gave an emphasis on the fact that they need to be clean and people should stop polluting them.
Environmental Affairs Dr.Tererai focus was on sustainable livelihood. According to Dr Tererai “Wetlands are a critical part of our natural environment, by protectecting our shores from wave action, we reduce the impact of floods .Wetlands provide habitat for animals and plants, many contain a wide diversity of life.”
Mr L. Lambini from Rand Water Foundation then took to the stand, to inform the audience on the importance of reserving water for the future generation. He further explained that water that is found on wetlands is the same water that is being used when there are droughts for vegetation’s and for the provision of water in our communities. Rand Water also donated bottled water to all present.
Wetland’s Forum Keitumetse Mekgoe gave a word of support to all present and, encouraged officials of Merafong City Local Municipality to take part by joining the forum.
MEC Maile concluded the campaign by giving an overall summary on how to take care of our wetlands.
Learners that attended were from Retlile Primary School who rendered a musical item followed by Reakgona Primary School and an educational poem on wetland was done by learners from Kokosi Primary School.
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