THERE was much excitement at the Umvoti launch of a traditional stick-fighting event that took place at the IMPI MCC Bikers Festival on September 23, hosted by Msindo Resource Developers. Two schools, Siyabonga and Sakhseni High, were represented by dancers, who, in traditional gear, created an impressive visual display as they entered the arena in single file announcing the arrival of the fighters. Their rhythmic dance entertained the audiences and warmed them up for the fighters that were to follow. The fighting started off slow and passive as the young fighters gently tapped each other with the sticks. This quickly changed with the older fighters as they started to compete with passion for their prizes awarded as follows: Goat: 1st prize winner: Bongumenzi MajolaChicken: 2nd prize winner: Mvikeleni Dlamini Msindo Fighting Sticks: 3rd prize winner: Majola Ngobani Winner Bongumenzi said he was so excited to win the goat because “I will be able to perform a traditional ceremony and sacrifice in honour of my parents who have passed away.” Female fighters were Bongeliwe Mchunu and Sanelisiwe Zuma, with the latter being the winner and receiving a chicken. The IMPI MCC Bikers event raised funds and groceries for disadvantaged community members. We are grateful to have been part of this fun event that had a positive impact on the community. Special thanks to Mr and Mrs Mabaso from Mphelankani for inviting us to be part of their heritage weekend festivities. None of this would have been possible without the support from various sponsors including, Vishay Aheer, Faani Van Rooyen from Hardcor Innovations, aQuellé, Mbongeni Mvelase for coaching the dancers, Juan van Rooyen for the photography and video coverage and all who came out to support. For more information on this exciting rural development initiative, contact Isabelle Rorke 078 303 9967.