Griquas prepare to host festival

Griqua Traditional Council Chairperson Gabriel Marais next to Adam Kok 111 grave site.PHOTO: Khaya Magenu
Griqua Traditional Council Chairperson Gabriel Marais next to Adam Kok 111 grave site.PHOTO: Khaya Magenu

THE Griqua Traditional council is gearing up to host the annual Griqua Festival this month.

The festival which is aimed at promoting and reviving Griqua traditional culture will be held at River View Sport Ground in Kokstad on May 26.

Organisers from the Griqua Traditional Council said that the event which is in its 5th-year running was also part of social cohesion and unity building.

Griqua Traditional Council Chairperson Gabriel Marais said that the festival is co-ordinated by the Griqua Council in partnership with the Greater Kokstad Municipality and KwaZulu-Natal Department of Arts and Culture.

Marais invited Griquas from Matatiele, Umzimkhulu, Rietvlie, Cedarville, Harding, Mount Ayliff, Port Shepstone, Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Lusikiksiki and all over East Griqualand. “I am very excited about the response for attendance of the Griqua community and people of Kokstad”

Marais said that Adam Kok 111 was the founder of Kokstad town and he would be very grateful for the manner in which his legacy is being celebrated.

Marais said that they are also honouring their great leader Adam Kok 111 since he arrived in Kokstad on May 13, 1863 and he was buried next to Kokstad police station.

“This year we are also going to erect a statue of Adam Kok 111 in September during heritage month and renaming the Greater Kokstad Municipality building to Adam Kok 111 Building” said Marais.

Marais believes that erecting the Adam Kok 111 statue will attract tourists to Kokstad and create more job opportunities among communities. He invites all people of South Africa to visit Kokstad Museum to equate themselves with the history of Kokstad and East Griqualand at large.

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