Sixties party in Nelspruit

THE capital city of Mpumalanga, Nelspruit, will for the first time play host to the first leg of the annual 60s weekend from tonight.

This is exactly nine years after the original Mafikeng annual 60s party was launched in 1998.

Organisers say the party has been attracting young adults from all over southern Africa.

"The event plays host to a unique melting pot of various cultures from the region, with people from all walks of life coming together for a massive celebration," said one of the organisers, Sam Sekgotla.

"Nelspruit has so far proven to be one of the most dynamic emerging cities in the country in terms of infrastructural development and has been selected as one of the host cities for the 2010 Soccer World Cup, hence we also chose it for the event this time around," Sekgotla said.

He said the Nelspruit 60s event will provide the city with an opportunity to unify its citizens and their neighbouring countries to celebrate its rich cultural heritage.

"The event will also promote tourism in the province, elevating the level of growing excitement among young adults, emerging business individuals, students and tourists," Sekgotla said.

There will be a pre-event at RMP Motors, Riverside, from tonight until tomorrow morning, followed by the main event tomorrow at the Lowveld Agricultural College before the last one at the Lowveld Botanical Gardens on Sunday.

Top South African talent at the event will include DJ Glen Lewis, Marvin, Stax, Josh, Malankane, Joy Morales, DJ Fistaz, DJ Kenzhero, DJ Sbu, Mahoota vs Vetkoek, DJ Cleo, Durban's Finest: Tira & C'Ndo, DJ China, Silly Bean, Dr Duda, Rhythmic Elements and RJ Benjamin.

The programme directors will include DJ Madumane of Ligwalagwala FM and Bonang of SABC 1 - Live.

Tickets cost between R50 and R80, depending on which event people will be paying for and wanting to attend.