Covid-19 delays Mpondo festival

By NtuNews Reporter

The coronavirus pandemic has forced this year’s Mpondo Culture and Heritage Festival to be postponed until 2021, but organisers say virtual events are planned instead. 

The annual festival is held in the second week of September at Lwandlolubomvu Great Place, Ntabankulu, Mpondo Kingdom.

Organisers said they had to adhere to lockdown measures and regulations. 

A virtual commemoration of 14 years of the Mpondo Culture and Heritage Festival since inception is in the pipeline where Mpondo culture and heritage will be showcased with tributes from various stakeholders including other Kingdoms.

Two competitions are being held to promote isiMpondo which it is hoped will become one of South Africa’s official languages. 

In the gender based awareness competition, participants are encouraged to write a short story in isiMpondo which creates awareness on GBV. 

In the second competition participants need to forward their photos dressed in their Mpondo outfits with a short text on their love for their, roots, love and heritage. 

The winner will take home a designer outfit from Vukani fashions courtesy of Prince Sonwabile Ndamase and R1000 cash. 

Entries will be posted on the Pondo Culture and Heritage Festival social media page where the public is expected to vote for their favourite. 

The winners will be announced on 24 September 2020. 

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