Langa to honour its heroes and heroins from the past

2015-08-06 06:00

The Langa Heritage Forum has made a call to young creative designers to participate in the competition for the Annual Heritage Awards.

The winning designs will be announced at a gala dinner on 22 September at the Johnson Ngwevela Hall.


This award is named after Pinini Moyo, who ensured the health of the newly settled community of Langa through encouraging and promoting hygienic practices and nutrition in the broader community and especially amongst the young.

She was known for strict adherence to hygene whenever she did home visits, assisting expectant mothers in the delivery of children and amongst those who visited the only health institution in the small community of Langa. ENVIRONMENT

This award is in honour of Yawa Imbewu who was known for his passion for the environment, the planting and preservation of trees and other flora .

He is known for encouraging the establishment of food gardens and other forms of decorative gardens in the neighbourhoods of the community.LEADERSHIP

Anne Silinga is internationally known as the woman who refused to carry a dompass. Frequent jailing, deportation and long spells in detention never broke their resolve to ensure that Black people were treated with the dignity accorded to all members of society without the insult of having to carry the demeaning dompass. True leadership indeed.PRIDE AND DIGNITY

This award reflects on and honours those that carried their heads up high despite the inhuman and humiliating practices of the past on this community. It recognises thos people who in spite of the environment, lack of resources and crushing poverty, stood out as beacons of hope and personified the need to carry one’s pride in spite of your circumstances. Tshintsha mfo ka Tapile was the oft heard refrain when Mr Tapile ,a dignified member of the community used to walk through the streets of Langa. He was the epitome of what youngsters wanted to be like when they grew up. His clashes with the authorities for his refusal to step off the pavement because of his colour are legendary.


Mr Mbathambatha is most remembered for is his walks through the streets of Langa in full military uniform, resplendent with medals and the fearlessness to confront the wayward in thge community. Mbathambatha never hesitated in addressing behaviour that is unacceptable in the community, a feature that is rare in our communities today.


VC Qunta.An educationist of note whose influence was felt by most Black people in the western Cape. A founder of many schools in the Black communities of the Cape . ‘VC’ as he was popularly known, set very high standards for his charges.

Be it in sport , education, ethics and generaly as citizens and members of the community. Additional catagories are Business, Culture and Ubuntu.THE CONTEXT

30 000 people marched from Langa to Cape Town on 30 March led by a young university boy in shorts, Phillip Ata Kgosana.

The creation of Langa was bound up in the establishment of the first location in Cape Town,Ndabeni, and the origins of urban racial segregation. By the end of the of the 19th century there was an important black African component in Cape Town’s cosmopolitan population.The origins of this group were extremely diverse, ranging from the earliest slaves brought from West Africa to the Cape at the time of Jan van Rieeeck, dock workers recruited from Mozambique to black Africans coming from Eastern Cape and Transkei.Many worked and lived in the docks and others worked for the City of Cape Town living in the areas of District Six ,Papendorp (now Woodstock) and in barracks in the docks.

The closing date for entries is 11 September 2015. For more information contact on:

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