Mopani worms and morogo

2004-04-26 11:45
Nelspruit - Belgium and Luxembourg are being rocked by South African beats and treated to morogo and mopani worms in celebration of SA's 10th year as a democratic country.

The 10-day celebrations started on Friday and end on May 3.

Representatives from all nine provinces are promoting their various cultures, business and tourism sectors to lure investment to their regions, said tourism director in Mpumalanga's department of finance and economic affairs, Calvyn Gilfellan.

There is also a Film Festival showing SA movies like Promised Land, Malunde and Amandla.

Photo exhibitions depict the old and new South Africa, while traditional dance and music is being showcased.

Former anti-apartheid activists will recite former President Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki's speeches during the celebrations.

Manneken Pis

In Belgium on Tuesday, the country's diminutive, 60cm bronze Manneken Pis statue will be dressed as Mandela.

Meanwhile, Mpumalanga has invited 45 children born on April 27, 1994 to celebrate both SA's 10th anniversary and their own birthdays on Tuesday.

One of the children was named "Vote" in honour of both his and democratic South Africa's birth date.

Spokesperson for the provincial department of sport, recreation, arts and culture, Sammy Mpatlanyane, said the group of 10-year-olds will indulge in the Freedom Cake that is being made for the occasion, and release peace doves.

"The children were born into freedom. They did not experience any suffering their parents may have gone through in the past," he said.

The children come from each of the three regions. Fourteen come from Ehlanzeni, 12 from Gert Sibande and 19 from Nkangala.

A music festival featuring Stimela, Jabu Hlongwane and Sipho Makhabane will also be held at the Lowveld Showgrounds in Nelspruit on Tuesday as part of the celebrations.

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