Many roads lead to Hammarsdale festival this weekend

2015-12-02 06:00

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FOR only R20, Hammarsdale residents and the public will be entertained by pageants­, celebrities and music artists at Ulwazi Hammarsdale Festival on Saturday.

Hosted from tomorrow to Sunday under the theme “Phambili with our Community Empowerment”, the festival to be held at Mpumalanga Stadium has almost everything for everyone.

The organisers, Ulwazi Group say this is a follow-up to a successful Ulwazi Hammarsdale Festival in 2013 and 2014.

“It is time again to host the 2015 event and this time we plan to make it bigger and better than before,”

Ulwazi Group, in partnership with the Hammarsdale community, eThekwini Municipality and Durban Tourism are staging the third edition this year.

“This event benefits the eThekwini community and is non-profit. This event enjoyed much publicity and support in previous years and even featured on SABC2 Morning Live.

Background to the event

“The aim and vision is to empower and enrich people, to promote peace and democracy through arts, culture, beauty, sports and entertainment within the community by creating a sustainable annual three day festival in the greater Hammarsdale area that will encourage a sense of oneness and a spirit of ubuntu,” said the organisers.

How did the even come into being

The event is the brainchild of Ulwazi Group executive chairman and founder Bongani Mabizela, who comes from Hammarsdale and grew up in the Mpumalanga Township.

He is now respected entrepreneur with a successful and growing company that employs thousands of people internationally.

His dream is to give back to his special place and community that has always been close to his heart.

Sponsors are eThekwini Municipality, Gelvenor, Glodina, Romac Farms, Assagay Hotel, Ukhozi FM, Refresh, Frimax, Echo, Clere Skin Products, Metal Graphics and Total.

Organisers said gate money will be used to organise similar events in the future and to help disadvantaged families.

Activities to be staged during the three-day event are:

?Visitation and food parcel distribution to underprivileged families and identified schools on Friday, 27 October from 10am to 3pm.

>> Ulwazi Hammarsdale Soccer Tournament on Friday, 27 November from 8am to 4pm involving eight teams at Mpumalanga Stadium.

>> Ulwazi Hammarsdale Soccer semi-finals from 8am to 10am and from 10am to 12pm.

>> Music Concert on Saturday, 28 November from 12pm to 10pm at the stadium

>> Mr & Miss Hammarsdale Pageant on Saturday, 28 November from 4pm to 6pm at the same venue.

>> Ulwazi Soccer Tournament Final on Sunday, 29 November, from 2pm to 4.30pm. >> The Mr & Miss Ulwazi Hammarsdale Pageant celebrity judging panel consists of deputy CEO of Ulwazi Group Cindy Mabizela, a well-known businesswoman who will chair the judging panel. Melusi “Dr Pat” Yeni - Muvhango, Thando “Nolwazi” Thabethe – Generations - The Legacy, Vuyo “Gadaffi” Dabula – Generations - The Legacy, Dawn Thandeka ”Lindiwe” King – Uzalo and Mpumelelo “Gxabhashe” Bhulose - Uzalo

Programme directors for the pageant will be the actress from the area, Xoli Zondi and Ukhozi FM presenter, Tshatha Ngobe.

The finalists will be choreographed by well-known show producer, Derrick Mhlongo, who has been credited for producing the past two shows successfully.

The music concert will feature Durban Nyts, Stiff, DJ Tira, DJ Sgqemeza, Busiswa and more.

Tickets for the Saturday event cost R20 per person, available at the venue from 7am. VIP tickets are R250 (including drinks and snacks) by contacting info@ulwazi - Supplied.

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