ULWAZI HAMMERSDALE 2013
By: Nomvula Ndlovu
Ulwazi Group in partnership with the Hammarsdale community is staging an event called the “ULWAZI HAMMARSDALE FESTIVAL”, scheduled to be held on 26th – 28th July 2013, at the Mpumalanga Township.
Ulwazi Group executive chairperson Bongani Mabizela said, “The Aim and Vision of the festival is to empower and enrich people, to promote peace & democracy through arts, culture, beauty, sports & entertainment within the community to encourage a sense of Ubuntu.”
The event will include a variety of activities to entertain the community. Activities to be staged are a Soccer Knockout Tournament (26th – 27th July), Mr. & Miss Hammarsdale Pageant (27th July), Music Concert (27th July), Ulwazi Half Marathon & Fun Run (28th July) and the Final Soccer Knock out Tournament (28th July).
Artists for the music concert include: DJ. Sgqemeza, S’fiso Ncwane, Professor, DJ Oskido, Dr. Malinga, Character, DJ Mabhiza, Abanqobi, Intombi kaJehova and many more. MC’s for the event include Linda “Mr Magic” Sibiya from Ukhozi FM and Survivor Winner Vanessa Morawa. Judges for the pageant are sopie stars Melusi Yeni, Zolisa Xaluva, Xoli Zondi and Ulwazi Group Deputy Chairperson Cindy Mabizela.
Community members are excited about the event and are queuing up for the tickets at the Hammersdale Mega Spar. The tickets range from R20 per child, R40 per adult and R200 (V.I.P). “I am really gratefully to Ulwazi Group for hosting this event. They are helping us as parents to empower the youth and make society a better place,” said street cleaner Ntombi Mthembu. Ward Councillor Lucky Mgwengwe said that developing the community has always been his main vision and he is certain about future collaborations with Ulwazi Group for more developments.
Ulwazi Group aims to make the event annual for community empowerment purposes. The funds from the event will be used to help develop the Mpumalanga Township.