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MEC Moraka launches Mapungubwe Arts Festival 2018

By: Maano Nekhavhambe

Limpopo Province MEC for Sports, Arts and Culture Mme Thandi Moraka has, on Monday 05 November 2018, officially launched the 17th edition of the Mapungubwe Arts and Cultural Festival at Mapungubwe Heritage Site, Musina Local Municipality.


Initially, the festival was called the Melting Pot Festival, adopting the name Mapungubwe back in 2006 in the quest to reassert the African heritage.

This years’ festival will be divided into three various legs consisting of the Youth Festival which is aimed to attract young people across the province to celebrate with the Limpopo Provincial Government in this years’ edition.

Prior to the main event, the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture confirmed that they will host a Comedy night on the 14th of December 2018 at Jack Botes Hall as a curtain riser to entertain and also accommodate comedy fanatics.

However, the main Heritage Festival is set to take place at the Polokwane Cricket Club on Saturday 15 December 2018 and that will include Jazz, Gospel and other music genres.

The confirmed artists line-up for the upcoming festival includes the likes of Lady Zamar, Mafikizolo, Mr Bow, Steve Kekana, King Modada, Sho Madjozi, Zonke, Benny Mayengani, Vusi Nova, Joe Shirimani, Dr Colbert Mukwevho, Majoy, Condry Ziqubu, Makhadzi, Sands, Candy Tsamandebele, Pleasure, Berita, Selaelo Selota, Hotstix Mabuse, Jonas Gwangwa, Thabiso Maleka, Thebe, DJ Sumbody, TRV, Ntsikwana, Sjava, Dr Tumi, Dr Malinga, Winnie Mashaba, Neyi Zimu and Seshego Gospel Choir.

MEC Moraka has confirmed that a budget set aside for this years’ Mapungubwe Arts and Heritage Festival amounts to R7million.

“The R7million incorporates the assistance and support we received from our national Department of Arts and Culture. They gave us R4million to help us implement this festival.” Confirmed Moraka

“Ourselves as the department, we’ve not done justice to the process of budgeting itself. We have only put aside an amount of R3million and adding to the one from the national department amounts to R7million.”