By Maxwell Levine
“From victims to survivors to community builders.” That’s the buzz word doing the rounds with the build up to the Bisho Massacre Gold Day and Gala Event which is scheduled to take place on 20 December.
It’s an event fitted for the stars, with the red carpet and day surely destined to be attended by high profile guests, including Eastern Cape Premier Oscar Mabuyane, well supported by his MEC for Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture Fezeka Nkomonye-Bayeni and a host of big wig political delegates from the Premiers office.
The golf day will be spearheaded by professional golfer James Kamte, who is a six-time winner on the Sunshine Tour. Kamte will also double up as the host of the prestigious Gala Dinner which will precede the Gold Day starting at 7pm at the Bisho Memorial.
Legendary Jazz pianist Andile Yenana will keep the guest entertained at the gala event.
The day will kick-off with a memorial walk from Victoria Grounds in King Williams Town to the Bisho Memorial site at 7am whereby the mayor and premier will lay a reed in remembrance of the victims. That will be followed by the Golf Day at the King Wlliams Town Golf Course. Transport will be available to convey people from the Memorial site to the golf course.
Indications and interest from high level delegations such as Bantu Holomisa and many more are expected.
The event is hosted by the Bhisho Massacre Foundation, which was registered as an NPO in June.
This event is a commemoration of the 1992 Bisho massacre where 28 marchers were killed after soldiers of the then Bantustan, Ciskei, opened fire on 80 000 protesters. One policeman was killed, and more than 200 protesters injured.
Event Co-ordinator and Deputy Chairman of the Bisho Massacre Foundation, Chris Magona said, “All proceeds of the events will go to the victims’ families. We have in line with the Eastern Cape government identified a few programs that will go a long way in forging a positive partnership and at the same time highlighting critical social ills in our communities. We have identified two schools which will lead the Drug Rehabilitation Centre and the Gender Based Violence Centre for victims.”
Magona further stated that they are working closely with the Premiers office and with both national and international stakeholders such as Black Lives Matter.
“We are extremely delighted by the support from the Premier. We are working in finding solutions for our community through solving family problems and solidify relationships. We want this event to be an annual one which will be of greater benefit to the families of the victims of the Bisho Massacre. This event must find its rightful place to a day that have left a lasting legacy in the history of our people.”
Big business and corporate sponsors have come on board, well supported by the Premiers office with prizes for the golf day worth over R20,000.