Countdown to Ramadan expo

2018-04-17 06:00
Spice Mecca CEO Shareef Abbas

Spice Mecca CEO Shareef Abbas

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The Academia Building in Imam Haroon Road, Lansdowne was the venue for the official launch of Spice Mecca’s Ramadan for All Exhibition on Thursday morning. Excited guests and media representatives packed the mini hall to get an idea of what to expect at this year’s annual event, to be held at the Castle of Good Hope from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 May.

Shareef Abbas, CEO for Spice Mecca, says this is their first real attempt to neutralise barriers and to bring all Muslims and non-Muslims to a celebratory event of immense value for everybody. He promises guests an experience of transformation at the historical venue next month.

Guest speakers and media partners attending the launch on the day included Mohsin Khan from Voice of the Cape radio, Fareed Sayed from Muslim Views, Lance Witten from Cape Argus, and representatives from ITV and Legend Tours. Ward councillors and well-known religious representatives were among those to attend and to congratulate Abbas on the launch.

“The event is a non-sectarian approach to congregate all Capetonians and to profile the programme as an event for all. With this, the exhibition will demonstrate that Ramadan has value for all Muslims and non-Muslims alike. The event aims to empower, profile and allow business community organisations and industries to market themselves, and to trade for over 30 hours over a period of three days.”

“Last year we had over 20 000 people who attended the event, and we anticipate to increase the amount. About 30 000 people will attend the exhibition this year, in an exclusive environment of peace, harmony and security­.”

A variety of exhibitions and food courts will be available on the day, including a live broadcast of the Community Legend Awards, nasheeds and The Cook Easy Lifestyle Show, among others. The event runs from 09:00 to 19:00 each day with an entry fee of R30. Learners aged between seven and 17 pay R10 and those under seven enter for free.V For more information, contact Spice Mecca on 021 692 1288.

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