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By unknown | Oct 14, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Alfred Moselakgomo

Alfred Moselakgomo

What a flop! Fewer than 50 people pitched up at the Tjhagalani Kusephuka Tidzindzi Arts and Culture Festival in Bethal even though the Mpumalanga department of sport, recreation, arts and culture had pumped hundreds of thousands of rands into organising the event.

While officials thought local people had snubbed the event, a few people Sowetan spoke to claimed that they did not know anything about it.

"It's not the first time that such a big event is held in our town without us being informed," said a resident, Sinah Mkhize.

Attendance at this year's Tjhagalani must have been the worst since it started in 1999 despite the claims of officials that it has grown in leaps and bounds.

Department spokesman Sammy Mpatlanyane blamed the scorching heat for the poor turnout.

The few visitors were treated to traditional siSwati and isiNdebele cuisine which was dished out for free.

The event ended on a low note when it was forced to finish before 5pm as there was no one to showcase the talent to.


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