SATMA CULTURAL PARADE DRAWS IN THOUSANDS
* Maidens parading down the streets of central Durban.
Written by: Thembelenkosini Makhuba
Another successful year for the South African Traditional Music Awards (SATMA) Cultural Parade which took place at the Gugu Dlamini Park, on Saturday.
Maidens from different corners of the country attended the parade for fun and to showcase their cultures.
Intombi Zase Mlazi (Maidens from Umlazi) were amongst the group of girls who attended the parade.
“Parades like these educate the youth about our culture. The beauty of our culture and of our maidens. We are trying to reduce the rate of HIV and unwanted pregnancies by encouraging abstinence” said Jabu Mdlalose, who is in charge of the maidens from Umlazi.
Mthwalume Brass Band, which also attended the Parade, encouraged people to embrace culture.
“We as the Mthalume Brass Band started coming here last year. We need to open up the minds of the community and remain in our roots,” said Lindelani Mkhize, chief commandant of the band.
South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) Chief Operations Officer (COO), Hlaudi Motsoeneng who also attended the event, explained the importance of African Culture.
“It is very important for all Africans to be proud of themselves. You cannot run away from your Culture and tradition, because if you do you are destroying the nation. We as blacks, must defend our culture, by culture I also mean the eleven languages that we speak in South Africa,” said Motsoeneng.
Founder of the SATMA awards, Dumisani Goba said that the parade was a successful event that was well planned.
“This parade in honour of the women of South Africa celebrating 60 years of women’s charter this year, as well as the uprising of young people in 1976. Today we are also celebrating ourselves because heritage is our identity,” said Goba.
Goba also claimed that the SATMA awards ceremony remains one of the worst funded events in South Africa.
“SATMA as a project one of the worst funded in the country. We are working on attracting international funders, the brand is still 11years, so we are still growing,” said Goba.
The parade initially expected an estimated 30 000 people to participate. According to Advocate Sonwabile Mancotywa of The National Heritage Council, 45 000 people participated in this year’s cultural parade.