By Lisakhanya Xhamela
Sunday River Municipality together with Ikhaya Development Association, NGO’s and Civil Society hosted an award event yesterday the 29th September 2021 celebrating District Heritage as the Heritage month is coming to an end.
The event aimed to instill pride and good human values and a desire for excellence amongst Sunday River Municipality citizens under the theme ‘Celebrating our own’.
Candidates of sports, recreation and arts and culture were bestowed yesterday in Enon/Bersheba stadium in Kirkwood for their hard work and dedication. The Chairperson of Ikhaya Development Association (IDA) Themba Mangcaka said the issue of substance abuse encouraged the event to take place. “The aim of this event is to inspire youth to take part in something inspirational, and also inspire others to take part in sports and art so we can have a better and growing society” he said.
Mangcaka added that Thoko Ntshinga played a huge role in the event although she could not attend the event. According to Mangcaka, Former actress Thoko Ntshinga left Cape Town and came to reside in her home town, Kirkwood where she started her own Youth development organization called Thoko Ntshinga Foundation where youth participate in activities such as acting, singing, and Ukungqungqa.
There were 15 award recipients that were honored in the event from sport, recreation and arts and culture categories, part of them being the Thoko Ntshinga Foundation and also Monalisa Takane who is a boxer. Commenting on receiving an award Takane said “This award alone is important, I felt good when my name was called because we hardly have these kinds of events here in Kirkwood, this means a lot and it motivates me and pushes me to do more”.
Amongst those who were nominated is the legendary actor Mr. Vusi Tanda who received an award as a living legend in acting. He said “It feels good to be part of the event and being recognized as a legend, I have waited for too long to get what I deserve”. Tanda, who is best known for his part as Tshawe in the SABC 1 sitcom Emzini Wezinsizwa and has been in the acting profession for years, said he has never been in the same space as the MEC before and is glad for the opportunity.
Eastern Cape MEC Fezeka Nkomonye-Bayeni commented about the importance of telling stories during her speech. “We need to tell stories from those who know it better. We have producers such as Lulu Wela and also excellent actors”, said MEC Nkomonye-Bayeni.
“The Eastern Cape province has put aside R8 million for a TV series that is going to tell a story about the Eastern Cape province. The series will be produced, script written here in Eastern Cape” MEC Nkomonye-Bayeni added.
The event is set to continue next year to celebrate heritage.