Culture impresses crowd

2017-10-25 06:00
Cultural dancers performing at the flea market at the Tsantsabane Showgrounds on 30 September. Photos: Supplied

Cultural dancers performing at the flea market at the Tsantsabane Showgrounds on 30 September. Photos: Supplied

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Various small businesses embraced the platform of selling their creations and wares at the Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMME) Flea Market at the Tsantsabane Showgrounds on Saturday, 30 September.

Items sold at the market ranged from hand-made wire car toys to clothing and food.

To show off Tsantsabane’s multi-cultural community, numerous cultural stalls were entered into a competition and judged according to their cultural dancing performances, dress, stall and food presenta­tion. Judges were also swayed by the tasting of the stalls’ traditional food.

The Voortrekker group walked away as overall winner, while the Basotho group ended second. The third place was taken by the Bapedi group.

A children’s play area was set up to entertain the little ones, who could choose from a jumping castle to face painting and horse rides.

A variety of local entertainment kept the day buzzing and people swaying, with the highlight being the Idols runner-up Thami Shobede, and his band, who wowed the crowd.

The success of the event was made possible through the partnership between the Kolomela Mine’s Small Business Development Centre, the Tsantsabane Black Business Forum and the Tsantsabane Local Business Forum.

According to Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American, the initiative was driven by their understanding of the importance of promoting cultural diversity, social cohe­sion, reconciliation, peace and economic development in its community.

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