19 September 2018


African kaleidoscope on display on Africa Day in Sekhing

by: Thato Matshidiso   date: 01 June 2018

Colours of the African rainbow were on display when Hamanskraal’s Kgapamadi Secondary School took home a R10 000 cash prize during the Africa Day celebrations held in Sekhing village near Taung on Wednesday last week.

The school was among the 19 schools from Bokone Bophriima province, each representing an African country as part of the Africa Day celebrations in the province. Kgapamadi Secondary School represented Senegal. 

They were recognised for their performance in terms of presentation, attire, choreography as well as creativity and a clear display of the selected country. 

The schools were selected by the provincial Department of Culture, Arts and Traditional Affairs (Cata) from 19 local municipalities across the province to display the culture of a selected African country. 

“The aim of the programme was to promote and preserve our culture and tradition as Africans,” said Cata MEC, Ontlametse Mochware. The celebration demonstrated respect and acknowledgement of different parts of Africa. 

The colourful event kicked off with a parade of drum majorettes, with the MEC followed by the 19 school representatives in their respective attires and paraphernalia. In preparing their ensembles for the big day, each school received R10 000 from the department. 
This year’s event was celebrated under the theme: “The Year of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: United for Radical Economic Transformation”. Africa Day is celebrated across the continent and the diaspora on May 25, the day in which the Organization of African Unity (OAU) was formed in Ethiopia in 1963. It has now been renamed the African Union (AU). 

The winning school’s teacher, Esther Menziwa, was visibly excited upon hearing the outcome of the contest. She said their hard work and dedication to the government project was not in vain. 

“During our preparation for this project we visited the Embassy of Senegal to get information on their country,” she said. “Winning this prize means a lot to me and the school. I believe we can do even better next time.”
Kgapamadi Secondary School student, Lucky Booi, said: “My message to other young people is that you can achieve your goals once you set your mind to it. It is important that young people occupy themselves with extra-mural activities (after school) to avoid using drugs and alcohol.” 

Another participant from Vuyani Mawethu Secondary in Matlosana, Jennifer Masauso, said the event meant a lot to her. 

“My roots are in Zambia since my father is a Zambian. I thank the department for the opportunity as I always wanted to know more about my culture. The project has taught me a lot about my culture as an individual, as well as exposing me to other people’s cultures.

“We are all beautiful as Africans and we need to love one another, accept and understand other people’s cultures and traditions.” 

Top 10 performing schools at the event were as follows: 
Itshupeng Secondary School in Mamusa Local Municipality representing  Egpyt 
Meriti Secondary School in Rustenburg Local Municipality (Lesotho) 
Reabona Secondary School in Maquassie Hills Local Municipality (Nigeria) 
Segwaelane Primary School in Madibeng Local Municipality (Cameroon)
Vuyane Mawethu in Matlosana Local Municipality (Zambia)
Onkabetse Thuto Secondary in Ratlou Local Municipality (Democratic Republic of Congo)
Boitshoko Secondary School in JB Marks Local Municipality (Angola)
Kgapamadi High School in Moretele Local Municipality (Senegal)
Thuso Thebe Secondary in Kagisano Molopo Local Municipality (Namibia)
Kopanong Primary School in Greater Taung Local Municipality (Malawi)