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Limpopo celebrates Marula Festival

By Jimmy Malebati

The festival was launched on the 6th of February 2015 with a Media launch which was followed by a traditional ceremony the next day at Maseke village. Various build-up events were held in Mopani District of Limpopo and across the province to mark the beginning of the Marula festive. The event was called "Go Loma Morula" in Northern Sotho translating to "Ku Luma Vukani" in Tsonga.

Limpopo Premier Chupu Stanley Mathabatha welcomed guests to Marula Festival during a welcoming dinner held on the 27 February at Hat and Creek lodge, Phalaborwa. The Premier said that Marula Festival has certainly entrenched itself as a signature event in the country’s social and entertainment calendar.

The festivities started on the 21 February 2015. All heads turned to Phalaborwa town with activities like the street carnival, kwaito festival, SMME's exhibitions, marathon, golf challenge, indigenous games and other activities. The activities run until the 28th of February with a jazz festival in the evening held at Impala Park Stadium. Artists like Don Laka, Jimmy Dludlu, Zonke, Jonas Gwangwa, Dr Thomas Chauke, Selaelo Selota, Malatjie, General Muzka and many other locals rocked the fully packed stadium.