Merafong City Local Municipality as well as Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation held the provincial freedom day celebration in April at Khutsong Stadium.
About 15 000 people across Gauteng came to celebrate the day. The event was graced by amongst others, Gauteng Premier David Makhura, Member of the Executive Committee (MEC) for Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation, Faith Mazibuko, Member of Parliament (MP), Zitho Kwane, MEC of Finance Barbra Creecy, Human Settlement MEC Dikgang Moiloa, West Rand District Mayor Cllr Boyce Maneli and Merafong City Executive Mayor Cllr Maphefo Mogale-Letsie.
The event started with an official parade done by South African Police Services (SAPS), the South African Defence Force (SADF) as well as Merafong City Traffic Officers. Cllr Maphefo Mogale-Letsie gave a warm welcome and showed a sincere appreciation to the Premier and MEC for the event to be held in Merafong City.
According to Gauteng Premier David Makhura, freedom day is celebrated because we are a constitutional democracy and we must celebrate our constitution which is based on the ideals of the Freedom Charter. South African constitution is not just one of those constitution, it is a constitution that is premised on human rights and human dignity. We must celebrate all these values because we have a bill of rights as a nation.
Makhura urged the citizens of the country to resist the temptation to dismiss the core values of having a progressive constitution.
Residents of Merafong and all the attendees were once again given the opportunity to access government services directly. Tshepo 1 million together with the department of Labour were there to assist the youth with job opportunities. There was also a Kiddies Corner whereby children were taught to read and write.
“It’s time that Merafong is placed on the map and it will never be the same again.” Concluded Cllr Boyce Maneli. People were later entertained by local cultural groups.
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Ishashalazi Celebrity Roadshow
The Gauteng Ishashalazi Theatre awards (GITA) is an annual event held to raise the status and profile of theatre practitioners and those involved in the development of the genre and the sector in the Gauteng province. Ishashalazi theatre program is an initiative of the Gauteng Department of Sports, Arts, Culture and Recreation in collaboration with the Gauteng Theatre Practitioners Committee.
Before the actual event took place which is the 4th annual GITA that was to be held on 20 April 2018 in Carletonville Civic Centre, there was a celebrity three day road show.
The Merafong City Local Municipality Arts and Culture section saw it fit to visit several schools in Merafong to talk about issues affecting their everyday day life, the schools that were visited were Badirile High School, Imfundo Secondary School, Thuto-kitso Comprehensive School in Kokosi and Wedela Technical School. Learners were thrilled to see the celebrities in person, they were screaming their lungs out as the celebrities introduced themselves.
In the midst of the celebrities was Mogau Motlhatswi well-known as Mmapitsi and Dieketseng Mnisi from Skeem Saam, Obed Baloyi known as Tsutsuma from Garedumele, from the Isethembiso cast was Sboniso Nxumal as Oscar, Hamilton Dlamini known as Banzi, Khwezi Ndlovu known as Vivian, Tshinondiwa Thovakale recognised as Shonisane from Muvhango, and Linda Sebezo from Greed and Desire known as Sharon D, as well as Miss SA schools 2016/2017 Lesego Mashego and Thandile Lithintwa.
The aim of the roadshows was to encourage and motivate learners to focus more on their studies. Drug and alcohol abuse, teenage pregnancy and gangsterism were one of the topics discussed. The emphasis was about the importance of decision making, Motlhatswi said “as a young person it is crucially important to understand and make right decisions because, for every decision you make it will have an impact on your future”. Siboniso Nxumalo and Tshinodiwa Thovhakale went deeper by sharing their personal experience with the learners on how they grew up, Oscar mentioned that he was a rebel growing up, and was involved in alcohol abuse. ‘You are the future leaders of our country,” he said. However through the decisions they took to transform their lives individually they have accomplished a lot.
It was a great inspiration to the learners to have the celebrities brought to them to talk to them about matters affecting leaners. Advices were given to the learners on how they could pursue a career in performing arts industry. The Principal of Badirile High School Mr Lucky Motlhabane said the visit was of a great encouragement to both learners and teachers of the school, he is hoping for a better change on the pass rate at the end of the year.
Merafong City hosts Ishashalazi Theatre Awards
The Gauteng Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation in partnership with Merafong City Local Municipality and Sello Maake- Ka Ncube Foundation hosted its fourth edition of the Gauteng Ishashalazi Theatre Awards in April to celebrate the efforts and dedication of artists who have kept the arts alive in Merafong.
The Ishashalazi programme is about the promotion of theatre as a story telling mechanism. It seeks to ignite the love and passion for performing arts and help discover those with hidden passion. It has helped many launch and propel their careers to new heights and today they are stars in bigger stages including on TV they were given the foundation, skills and experience to make an impact in becoming established actors. The Ishashalazi Awards hosted a number of celebrities that are famous actors, acting on our TV screens on programmes such as Isithembiso, Skeem Saam and The Queen.
Among the dignitaries were Member of Executive Council (MEC) for Sports, Recreation, Arts, Culture and Heritage Faith Mazibuko and Merafong City Local Municipality MMC of SRACH Maki Lydia Skosana.
The event kick-started with the welcoming address by acting Executive Mayor Cllr Sello Mogomotsi and wished the nominated participants for the awards all the best for the night
The Programme Director for the night was Tshepo Maseko who was a professional actor on popular soapie Isidingo that plays on SABC 3. The Awards that were presented as follows:
Number of people
Name and Surname
Best Actor Male
Best Actor Female
1.Asanda Mvusi(Meokgo ya lesego)
Best Supporting Actor Female
R10 000(R5000 each)
(Meokgo ya lesego)
2.Sindiswa Khumalo(You are an eagle)
Best Supporting Actor Male
2.Thabang Chauke(Sello sa tlou)
3.Bulelani Mbele(Meokgo ya lesego)
1.Khanyisile Vilakazi(You are an eagle)
Most Promising Production
Against All Odds
1.Calvin Jeremiah Ngcaku
Life Time Community Theatre Developer
Best Script Written by a Woman(as a product of Basetsana Script Writing and Directing Workshop)
Gauteng Ishashalazi Special Awards
R30 000(R10 000 each)
Gauteng Dance Motjeko Winner
1.Umzekelo(Sepedi dance group)
Mec Mazibuko delivered the key note address. “As we celebrate the centenary of Nelson Mandela, we remember the journeys of our people and our country. The stories of shame, sorrow, pain, anger, courage, joy, kindness and laughter, -we should not be afraid to tell it all. As artists we should be inspired to continue using the arts to tell stories that will help the country achieve Madiba’s principles of an equal society. Arts must assist the country in entrenching this vision and the ideals of our freedom,” said Mazibuko
There were performances by Merafong local artists such as Balaola Koma cultural group, 3 am poets and Charmers choir. The event ended up with a performance by Dr Malinga who made the crowd dance in the closing stages of the event.
Ntirhisano is an initiative from the Premier’s office launched by the Gauteng Premier David Makhura, whereby different government departments render services to our communities. The name Ntirhisano originates from a Tsonga word which means “Working together”. The event was held by Merafong City Local Municipality in partnership with the West Rand District Municipality in April 2018 in Khutsong Extension 3. Among the attendees were the officials from the Department of Housing, Department of Health, Department of Labour, Government Communication and information System (GCIS) and Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) who gave information on how their departments offer services to the community. The community members came in numbers to seek for assistance they needed.
The Ward Cllr: Michael Links from Khutsong Extension 3 ward 3 opened with a word of welcome. Jimmy Daweti a representative from the IEC encouraged young people to send their Curriculum Vitae to the IEC office in Carletonville around August 2018 so that they can be able to work and gain experience during 2019 elections. He is also part of a campaign that aims at protecting the environment and the government’s property through educating them about the effects of destroying government facilities. Daweti urged the people of Merafong to stop burning government facilities during protests, “Yes, it’s a constitutional right for every citizen of the Republic of South Africa to strike, but please stop destroying buildings because you are the ones that suffer the most at a later stage” he said.
One of the officials from the West Rand District Municipality Moeder Ndlovu explained to the community members the importance of getting help from these different Government Departments and to enquire of any problems that the community members might encounter as they will get the necessary assistance they need. Some of the problems that the community in Extension 3 experienced were that young people don’t have resources such as internet facilities to apply for job posts. Labour Department was present on the day to ensure that unemployed youth in Extension 3 were registered on job search database. Boithuto Health Services were also offering services such as taking blood pressure, cholesterol and testing for diabetes, HIV and AIDS and Tuberculosis.
The Outreach programme went as planned and was a huge benefit to members of the community who had struggled in the past to access these services. Some of the officials managed to assist the community immediately on the services that they render.
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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