Macufe party hotspot once again

2015-10-14 06:00
STRUTTING THEIR STUFF: Tamia (middle) mesmerised audiences at the Macufe Divas and Macufe Main Festival. 

Papi Moye

STRUTTING THEIR STUFF: Tamia (middle) mesmerised audiences at the Macufe Divas and Macufe Main Festival. Photo: Papi Moye

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THIS year’s Mangaung Cultural Festival (Macufe) was a booming success, and business people in Bloemfontein are probably smiling all the way to the bank after the annual ten-day festival ended on Sunday (11/10).

The 18-year-old event once again attracted thousands of merrymakers from across the province and neighbouring countries such as Lesotho, Botswana and Namibia.

Accommodation in the City of Roses had been sold out weeks before the festival began. Businesses did incredibly well during the festival.

Sipho Motete (29), who has been plying his trade as a car guard for four years, said that he had made a fortune during Macufe.

“As car guards we benefit a lot from Macufe. We normally charge R5 for parking, but during the festival we charge extra because we have to make real money,” Motete told Express.

“Macufe comes only once a year and we have to make something out of it. I wake up early in the morning to come here and I remain here until after midnight,” he said.

“Although I cannot divulge how much money I have been making on a daily basis, it was much better than what I had gained in the previous year. With the money I have made I am going to buy my kids clothes for Christmas,” he added.

Macufe, which is one of the biggest cultural events in Southern Africa, kicked off in style with Tshepe Hip Hop on 2 October and it ended with a soccer match between Bloemfontein Celtic and Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday (11/10).

Tickets for Macufe were selling like hot cakes and shows such as the Macufe Divas, Sparta Macufe Cup and Macufe Comedy were sold out.

Artists, local and international, who strutt their stuff in different shows during Macufe did not disappont as they kept the audience entertained throughout the duration of the festival.

“Macufe was rocking. I really enjoyed it, particularly the soccer match on Sunday,” said Nthabiseng Lemena from Welkom.

“I am a die-hard Celtic fan. I am happy that we managed to defend our Macufe Cup title successfully. We are the kings of this cup,” she said with a big smile.

The 31-year-old Lemena said she had been a regular at Macufe for the past five years. “My friends and I arrived in Bloemfontein on Friday night. We attended the Divas, main festival and soccer. We are already planning to return to the festival next year,” concluded Lemena

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