Carnival atmosphere as performers entertain huge crowd

2011-09-30 00:00

THERE was a feast of entertainment in celebration of the opening of the Greater Edendale Mall yesterday.

Thousands of people braved the unpredictable weather, which was hot and rainy, to watch artists such as Speedy, Big Nuz, Professor and cultural groups perform live on stage.

Parking space was a luxury and paramedics had their hands full as they attended to people, especially the elderly, who collapsed in the heat.

Those who had shopped and had their till slips handy or participated in a dance challenge won prizes.

Pick n Pay donated R5 000 to Edendale Hospital and another R5 000 to Entokozweni Training Centre.

Local music acts like hip-hop artists Fabulous Crew and gospel singers Nkayiso and Nathi warmed the stage before Afropop singer Speedy took over.

There was nearly a stampede as Speedy walked on.

After Speedy’s performance Msunduzi Mayor Chris Ndlela, Nandi Mandela, one of the developers, and KwaZulu-Natal Taxi Council spokesperson Boy Zondi delivered speeches.

Mandela thanked the parties involved in the development before handing over to the mayor.

Ndlela told the crowd, “This mall means that people will be able to walk to the shops instead of taking taxis.

“A total of 1 200 jobs were created.

“We hope that the mall occupants will keep those jobs going and we will do our best to support them.”

Before Zondi could deliver his speech on behalf of taxi operators the crowd was already growing restless and calling for the entertainment to resume.

Zondi heeded their call and kept his speech short and to the point.

“As taxi operators we will do our best to ensure that people who come from long distances to the mall are catered for.

“The rank that is inside the mall is already operating and we will be announcing the taxi fares on the radio soon,” he said.

As the music continued, so did the dancing as the crowd ignored the pouring rain and enjoyed the music.

thandiwe.jumo@witness.co.za

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