Town to rock with heritage carnival

THE sleepy town of Kghodwana in Mpumalanga is expected to explode when it hosts Heritage Day celebrations tomorrow.

Authorities say true to this year's Heritage Day theme, Celebrating South African Craft, Our Heritage, this year's celebrations, to be held at Kghodwana village, will emphasise on celebrating and highlighting the country's craft and rich heritage.

Sammy Mpatlanyane, spokesperson for the provincial department of culture, said yesterday: "Unlike previous Heritage Day celebrations this year's will take a different shape.

"There will be fewer speeches but more cultural celebrations through song, dance and exhibitions of dominant cultures in the province."

He said that in the past Heritage Day was hosted as a rally but all that had changed this year since it will be a carnival of the province's cultural diversity.

Mpatlanyane said the venue, situated in Thembisile Hani municipality, will be transformed by a mosaic of cultural songs, dances and the arts.

"There will be various, stalls showcasing the artistic talent that exists in the province.

"There is no better way of ensuring that this national day serves its purpose than celebrating our culture and craft on Heritage Day," Mpatlanyane said.

Mpumalanga Premier David Mabuza, his executive council and district and local councillors, and other dignitaries are expected to attend.

The popular queen of Ndebele music, Nothembi Mkhwebane, and maskandi icon Phuzekhemisi will be the lead artists at the celebrations and are expected to mesmerise the audience.

Local groups will also be there to entertain those attending.

Kghodwana Cultural village is a breeding ground of the Ndebele culture in Mpumalanga and those coming to the celebrations will get an opportunity to learn more about the Ndebele's rich heritage.

The Ndebele art that adorns the walls is one of the attractions at the village. It depicts the human evolution of mankind from the middle ages to present times in compelling exhibitions.