Thank you for supporting KACF 2013

Dear Friends of the KACF,

First, we’d like to express our sincere appreciation for all of you who joined us during the 3rd Annual Kayamandi Arts and Cultural Festival (KACF) 2013. It was our pleasure to be able to put a smile on your face. We were extremely delighted to see so many of you together spending time, shedding tears of joy, sharing laughter with friends and yes some tears of disappointment were shed too.

We’d like to show appreciation to organisers of KACF 2013, who have sacrificed many hours to put this festival together and our special thanks to all KACF Special Committees members who have helped in realizing such a wonderful Festival. To our partners, associates, sponsors, donors, supporters and parents, your prayers and well wishes carried us through the hard and exciting times.

Together we can nurture a culture of active youth, engagement through performing arts & sports so as to strengthen and sustain our community. Kayamandi, like any other township needs activities that will inspire and motivate youth to dream and be aspired to achieve greatness.

Please forward my appreciations to your family and friends not on my contact network who also spent on different activities of the Festival with us. We hope to see you again next year! Please write to me should you have any inquiries. We are always delighted to meet new friends! If you are interested in our organization, please visit our blog and Facebook page.

Without your support the festival could not have been possible.

Best,

Paul Roviss Khambule

Festival Co Ordinator

(e paul@lokxionlifestyle.co.za or 0726108441)

Update 5# POSTPONEMENT OF ‘MISS & MR. KAYAMANDI 2013’

Dear Supporters,

Owing to some unavoidable circumstances, the ‘MISS & MR. KAYAMANDI 2013’ scheduled initially for 12 October 2013 has been Postponed to 18 October 2013, Friday, 17:00, at Kayamandi high School Hall.

Entry fee: R20.00 only, tickets will be available at the gate.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused. We are producing one of the best show ever, make sure you save the date!

Regards,

Paul Roviss Khambule

Festival Co – ordinator

 

Update 4: KACF Cup (Netball & Soccer) 2013

KACF Cup (Netball & Soccer) 2013, was successful concluded yesterday (06 October 2013).

Soccer: FC Twetwe reclaimed the cup 3 to 1 against Mighty 5 Star Football Club. Green Lovers (Kraaifontein) took the third position. We are looking to 2014, hope you will be part of the tournament.

Netball: We had a very short and compact tournament. Kuyasa Netball team are the champions and Young Stars were the runners up. Netball is still at its young stage in Kayamandi, with the help of Maties Netball programs are in place to develop the netball. Today (7 Oct 2013), about 80 kids from the age of 10 will be attending the match TUT vs Maties Netball, 18:00. This part of the development program by Maties Netball.

KACF is not over yet, there are still other categories in the next weekends. To all artists who wish to take part on Miss & Mr. Kayamandi 2013 ( Miss/Mr. Kayamandi Pageant), KACF Gospel Music Event 2013, and KACF Drama (Poetry & Theatre), please make sure your names are on the list. You can contact Paul Khambule on  0726108441 or paul@lokxionlifestyle.co.za

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Update 3: KACF Cup (Soccer & Netball) 2013

“Sport has the power to unite people in a way that little else can. It can create hope where once there was only despair. It breaks down racial barriers. It laughs in the face of discrimination. Sport speaks to people in a language they can understand.” – Nelson Mandela

Echoing on Tata Mandela’s words, KACF Cup aims to unite the people and create opportunities using sport.  Ball is every young kid first toy, it could have been made of plastic, old piece of clothes, or it was a pumpkin or round or shapeless. We all play/ed with a ball. Healthy play is an extremely powerful tool in producing quality future leaders and has the following features: co-operative, open, optimistic, loving.

Today’s sport is not just a nice or healthy thing to do, its a career.  Having soccer and netball included on the KACF program aims to encourage the youth to start looking at sport as career option. Communities like Kayamandi needs alternative means of employment, we can’t rely on the traditional industries.

This weekend Kayamandi will come alive, soccer (23 soccer teams) is on its last stage and netball (8 netball teams) will be on Saturday.

Having University of Stellenbosch within our community its a plus for KACF objective.  Maties Netball will train and exposure about 80 kids from the age of 10 to professional netball. There planned coaching clinics,  and kids will attend Maties Netball home games (Varsity Cup). All Stellenbosch communities will benefit from this program, Kayamandi is luck to be the first on the list.

On the other hand soccer will also benefit from Maties Sport and INNOVUS – Football. A KACF Legacy team will be formed, players who took part in the tournament will be selected to form a 25 men squad. Only Stellenbosch based players will be selected and should be under the age of 25. Friendly matches will be organised with the First Division and possible with Premier league teams to give the young talent exposure to professional soccer.

Kayamandi and Stellenbosch will not be the same community, sport will assist us to shape our society.  Come out and support the beautiful game.

This will have not been possible if the following organisations have not invested on the project; Maties Sport, INNOVUS – Football, Fabre Design, Chill Beverages, Utilitas Community Trust, Stellenbosch Municipality, Stellenbosch Heritage Project (KACF Associates) and the teams that are participating

For more details about the KACF Cup, please feel free to contact Silulami Mbokwana, Category Manager - slu@lokxionlifestyle.co.za 

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Update 2: Kayamandi Arts & Cultural Festival (KACF) 2013

28th September 2013, Kayamandi Arts & Cultural Festival (KACF) 2013

KACF Cup (soccer) 2013 – 32 soccer teams – World Cup format. Come and enjoy the beautiful game. About 15 teams from Kayamandi, and the others from Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Blackheath, Klapmuts, Franschhoek, Western Cape, Du noon, and as far as Saldanha, Western Cape, South Africa. 8 fields will be used (3 in Kayamandi and 5 at the Stellenbosch University (Lentelus)!

KACF Music 2013 – more than 30 artists from most of the Western Cape townships will be sharing the stage at Kayamandi Corridor from 10:00 – 19:00. Come be blessed with nice melodies.

Lets all come out in numbers and support local talent! The weather will be good this weekend!

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KACF Cup (Soccer) 2013 – Draw!

Today is a draw for the KACF Cup (Soccer) 2013!

Venue: Kayamandi Corridor (Boardroom)
Time: 19:00

We are looking forward to meet the 32 teams from Greater Stellenbosch(Kayamandi, Franschhoek, Klapmust, ect), Khayelitsha, Kraaifontein, Gugulethu, Mfuleni, Saldanha Bay, ect

If your team has not indicated to be part of the tournament make sure you contact Silulami Mbokwana and reserve your space.

Prizes: Cash
1st Prize: R9 000.00
2nd Prize: R3 500.00
3rd Prize: R2 000.00, and more individual prizes.

Registration fee: R750.00 only

Make sure you are part of the success story! Matches starts on 21st September 2013!

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Stellenbosch Heritage Festival 2013

Stellenbosch Heritage Festival 2013 | Winelands News.

The Stellenbosch Heritage Festival is going bigger (much bigger) this year with braais, food-stalls, a mass choir, live music, sport, inter-schools friendship games and much more, all embracing and celebrating the unique cultural flavour of the South African Winelands and the diverse communities of Stellenbosch. 

The Main Event will take place on September the 24th on the banks of Eerste Rivier along De Laan and will be for the whole community, young and old, as well as visitors to our corner of the Cape Winelands.

Heritage festival in Stellenbosch

This year’s Stellenbosch Heritage Festival during September is turning into a sport festival of note as numerous sport events have now been added to the itinerary. Apart from the canoe and tube races on the river, Khayamandi Netball and Soccer Cup, and VriendsCUP Games between high schools this year will also see a night run, four cycling events and a rugby festival for primary schools.

tube racers in Stellenbosch.Canoes on the Eerste Rivier

 

The Moore Stephens 10km Night Run will be organized by Maties Athletics Club as an official event of Boland Athletics starting at 18:30 on Tuesday, 17 September. The run will start and finish at Coetzenburg and winds through the streets of Stellenbosch. It is also open to walkers. Pre-entries can be done at www.topevents.co.za but athletes can also register on the day. Contact Mohamed Ally at allym@sun.ac.za for more information.

The national launch of Get-Into-Rugby, facilitated by the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport under the auspices of the International Rugby Board, will take place on Heritage Day on the Markötter Fields in partnership with the Stellenbosch Heritage Project.  Get-Into-Rugby introduces children to rugby using stories and safe rugby-related games that teach values and encourage all shapes and sizes to participate and have fun. At least 1,600 kids from 12 primary schools have enrolled, of whom some 900 will probably participate on the day.

Heritage festival in StellenboschThe Eikestad Heritage Pedal events on Heritage Day 24 September have two cycling components: a road racing section over distance of 120km, 80km, and 40km; plus an off-road section which will include schools land communities in farm areas. These events will also help to promote awareness and encourage the use of the some 30 existing cycle routes in the town.

The VriendsCUP now staged a second time with the Heritage Project will take place on the Braak on 24 September from 8:00 to 12:00. Some 600 learners from 10 secondary schools will participate.  The main purpose of this project is to build bridges and to develop interaction between the various communities in Stellenbosch through fun games in a non-competitive way.

The Maties Canoe Club will stage their annual Spier Eerste River Canoe Challenge from Hangbrug to Spier Wine Estate on Heritage Day starting at 10:00. It will also be the official US vs Ikeys Intervarsity this year. This dash down the river takes just under one hour and passes the River Festival site in the Die Laan. The canoeing fraternity regards this stretch of river as the most exciting in the Western Cape.

The Corporate and Interkoshuis Tube Races will follow straight after the canoe race and end at the River Festival site at Die Laan.

The numerous sport and cultural events of the Stellenbosch Heritage Project are staged in such a way that participants all eventually end up at the River Festival site in Die Laan which is closed down for traffic on Heritage Day, 24 September. Visitors can enjoy a free live music show by local groups for the entire day, numerous stalls selling authentic Stellenbosch products and food, and fun and games for the entire family.

Visit www.heritagefestival.co.za for more information.

 

Update 1: Kayamandi Arts & Cultural Festival 2013!

Kayamandi Arts and Cultural festival
Kayamandi Arts and Cultural festival

During the four-weekend festival, a Kayamandi, Greater Stellenbosch and visiting audience will have an opportunity to see a new and different face of young and authentic artists who are fighting for their own visibility and trying to emerge from the shadow of the disadvantaged background.

This is our third annual arts and culture festival of which the first one was staged in September 2011. The festival is organised and managed by youth of Kayamandi (Township), in Stellenbosch on a voluntary bases. The festival is growing from strength to strength, and it has the potential to be Western Cape landmark festival in years to come.

The KACF is organised in association with the Stellenbosch Heritage Project. The Stellenbosch Heritage Project, recognises, and supports  during 2013 the three categories of KACF Drama, KACF Gospel, and KACF Cup.

The title of the 3rd Annual KACF, “Unite” indicates the fundamental problem of the young democratic South Africa. The festival aims to bring together people from different background and facilitate social cohesion. This will be achieved by storytelling (KACF Drama; poetry & theater), playing (KACF Cup 2013; soccer & netball), signing (KACF Music; traditional, modern & gospel), dancing(KACF Dance; traditional & modern), beauty pageant (Miss & Mr. Kayamandi 2013), and Battle of DJs.

The KACF 2013 has not received any financial support or donations. There have been discussions with private organisations, local government, local municipality and academic institutions to partner with the organisers and make this dream a reality. The festival is being organised not as a low-budget event, but as a zero budget event.

Performing arts and other forms of art has a big role to play in empowering  and educating our society.The KACF calls for consideration of marginalised art groups and the role these groups play in creation and presentation of art in their different communities with the limited resources they have at their disposal.

 

Africa Day Celebration (African Renaissance) – 50th Anniversary

Molweni mawethu, molweni maAfrika, hello Africans.

Ladies and gentlemen it is an honor for me to be standing in front of you today, to share my thoughts with you about Africa and the African renaissance (uvuselelo lweAfrica).
I am not one for long speeches, I don’t like listening to them and so I don’t do them. I will try to be brief, and to save time ndizakuzazisa kakuhle (the African way) ukugqiba kwam lencoko as you know that can take some time.

So my talk will only focus on three areas, and those are:

  •  What happened in Africa (the history of Africa)?
  •  What are the challenges facing Africa and Africans today?
  •  What Africans must do for a better future?

I must warn you though, that what I’m going to say here today may not sound good or diplomatic to some ears, but Africa is in trouble ladies and gentlemen, and when you are in trouble you must speak the truth without fear or favor.
First let’s define Africa and Africans to make sure that we all have the same understanding of what we are talking about.
Africa is the second largest continent (shaped like a fat 7) in the world, it is the most loved, many people want to see and experience Africa, but I am not sure if its people (the Africans) are so loved, that they love one another or even love themselves as Africans, I am not sure.

But who are Africans/who is an African?

Now this is a contested subject and not easy to define. Some say you are an African if:

  • You were born in Africa – the problem with this definition is that it excludes Africans who were born outside Africa and it is not applicable I other continents.
  • You can trace your ancestry to Africa – the problem here is that science teaches us that African is a cradle of human, which means all humans can trace their ancestry to Africa, making everyone to be African.
  •  You carry African features and qualities and feel and love for Africa (the skin color, hair type, traditions, religion, and languages) – the problem here again is that this definition may exclude most Africans who don’t speak or follow African traditions.

I will leave it to each one of you to decide what makes you an African? Think about it. For me all three definitions apply, but the one I like the most is the last one of the three for I Am an African and I look like an African, Speak like an African, follow African traditions and beliefs, I feel and love Africa, its rhythms, its people, my people, mawethu.

So what happened in Africa (that it is troubled with poverty, under development, and diseases)?
This land has always been rich in natural resources and minerals. Herds of animals roaming the land, flocks of birds floating across the skies, different kinds of plants that Africans used for food and shelter, for medicines and weapons, etc.
Africans carried on with pride, with the wisdom and skills that were necessary for that time. They took pride in their possessions, their looks, languages, traditions and religions. Their wisdom and beliefs were based on living within nature (what we call today sustainability) as the most important thing for their well being and lasting survival.
During that time the rate of civilization was high in Europe, the Mediterranean (Middle East), and Asia. This was followed by rising human populations, which put stress in their resources and changing climates made things even worse for those people. This led to wars, colonizing each other’s lands, and turning each other into slaves. Others went away from their lands or places of origin looking for greener pastures.

In that process the Europeans “discovered” Africa, and America, and Australia. When they found people in these places they colonized them, shipped them to Europe to work there as slaves, some were turned into slaves in their own lands. Resources were also shipped to Europe to feed their families. They stole our possessions, rubbished our languages, customs, traditions, beliefs, and even made fun of our looks.
They believed they were a superior race and that their ways were right, that they had a duty to turn the whole world into looking like them and behaving like them in language, culture and religion.
And the most interesting thing is that most of those tendencies still exist today. Africa is divided, almost half English, half French, and there are pockets of Portuguese, and Spanish. Africa’s reaches are still being shipped to Europe while Africans suffer. Africa’s resources and produce is still being shipped out of Africa and enjoyed by people outside Africa, while Africans die of hunger, malnutrition, and disease. African traditions, beliefs and languages are still being trampled upon, even by Africans.
Self-hate is rife among Africans and we are willingly trying to be more un-African. Some use skin whitening products, straighten their hair or wear wigs resembling European appearance. Others even change their languages, traditions, and religions to those that are not African. However, other nations are still proudly keeping their customs even though some were also colonized (e.g. Chinese and Indians).

But all of that is history, which you will not learn in school, by the way. But we know history tells us why we are here, and not where we are going. And we shall not judge history by the knowledge we have today. We shall not blame history. We are all responsible to change things now, for a better future for our communities, our nation and the continent at large. We must work together to deal with the challenges that are facing our land.
So what are the challenges facing Africa today?

For me the main challenge is poor governance or lack of good leadership. Our governments continue with policies that keep Africans poor, uneducated, and diseased. While our leaders are busy with power struggles among themselves, our riches/resources are still being shipped out of Africa to be enjoyed by people on other lands. Africans remain slaves in their own land. Other Africans leave Africa to be refugees all over the world; it is a very shameful situation maAfrika.

Why can’t our leaders change things for us?

It is because they lack will power and knowhow? Or is it because they are purely driven by greed, to enrich themselves, their families, and friends, while the majority of Africans suffer? And due to lack of knowledge and misplaced trust, Africans continue to support and keep these crooked leaders in power voting for them again and again and again.
Secondly, African youth are scattered all over, roaming hopelessly, uneducated, unemployed, poor and drowning themselves to a life of alcohol and drugs, crime and prostitution, neglecting and abusing their families and children. Africans continue to depend on others to survive, to be at the mercy of the world, to beg for survival. Those who are fortunate to be educated, employed, and/or in positions of leadership focus on enriching themselves and competing with one another and neglecting their people and communities.
It is therefore not only the government or the leaders who are failing our people and this land, but individuals and especially the youth, we have a responsibility to change things round and reclaim our African values of putting the people first. If we don’t do that we will be failing our communities and our continent. As the youth we are responsible for the future of our people and that of this continent, but where do we begin?

What must Africans do now?

African renaissance, the awakening and reclaiming of our Africanism begins starts at an individual level. It begins with you. As umntu omtsha you must love and respect yourself first (as your forefathers did), then others will respect you.

Know yourself; who you are; your history as an African; and what makes you an African and be proud like your forefathers were.
Empower yourself with education, knowledge, and skills so that you contribute to the development of you family, and your community and your country, Africa and the world.
Get rid of all that divides us as Africans and as people in general. My heart sinks every time I hear about Africans killing each other because they speak different languages (French or English) or practice different religions (Christianity or Islam), when all these things are not even African, yes they did not exist in our world, but came with colonialist and we fight over them.
Our government is not all that bad; their efforts to uplift Africans and support the spirit of African renaissance must be commended. Recently our Minister of basic education announced in parliament that from next year it will be compulsory for every learner in government primary schools to learn an African language. At the same time the Minister of Science and Technology announced efforts to develop indigenous knowledge to also contribute to the envisaged knowledge economy of South Africa.
Let me end by introducing myself properly, ndicela uphakamise isandla ukuba siyazalana:

Ndingu Mawethu Nyakatya, isduko ndinguMgwevu, uTshangisa, uZulu, uSkhoma, uMhlatyana, uSnuka, uRhudulu, ndinguBhodlinyama…

Ndizalwa nguMamKhuma, uNondzaba, MaMbhathane, umaMxesibe, iBhacakazi.
Umama uzalwa nguMampondomise, uMajola, UmntaneNkwakhwa.
Utata uzalwa nguMamQocwa, ooTiyeka, ubuTsolobentonga

I wish you all a happy and peaceful Africa day. Thank you, (Applause!!!).
By Mawethu Nyakatya, on Africa Day Celebration, in Kayamandi, organised by Lokxion Foundation in partnership with IMBADU MA- FRIKA DEVELOPMENT CONSORTIUM.

The Spirit of Africanism

Good Day Ladies  & Gentlemen

I am Sandie Xheke from Lokxion Lifestyle and also a resident of Kayamandi; please allow me on this exceptional day to share some of the interesting fact & aspects about Africa – the continent in its totality. The topic of my speech today is ‘Spirit of Africanism’ and because of limited time i will only touch the following 4 aspects briefly.

  •   Pan-Africanism
  •  African Diaspora
  •  Kwanzaa, and
  • the Swahili Language

Pan-Africanism is an ideology and movement that encourages the solidarity of Africans worldwide. It is based on the belief that unity is vital to economic, social, and political progress and aims to “unify and uplift” people of African descent.

The ideology asserts that the fates of all African peoples and countries are intertwined. At its core Pan-Africanism is “a belief that African peoples, both on the continent and in the Diaspora, share not merely a common history, but a common destiny”.

The largest Pan-African organization is the African Union. The spirit of Pan-Africanism is indeed still relavant to today’s society particularly that today we live together as Africans as opposed to the past were we shared our territories as different tribes.

The African diaspora refers to the communities throughout the world that are descended from the historic movement of peoples from Africa — predominantly to the AmericasEurope and the Middle East, among other areas around the globe. The term has been historically applied in particular to the descendants of the West and Central Africans who were enslaved and shipped to the Americas by way of the Atlantic slave trade, with the largest population in the USA.

With regard to all historic migrations (forced and voluntary), the African Union defined the African diaspora as

“[consisting] of people of African origin living outside the continent, irrespective of their citizenship and nationality and who are willing to contribute to the development of the continent and the building of the African Union.” One of its act declares that it shall “invite and encourage the full participation of the African diaspora as an important part of our continent, in the building of the African Union.”

Kwanzaa is a week-long celebration held in the United States and also celebrated in the Western African Diaspora in other nations of the Americas. The celebration honors African heritage in African-American culture, and is observed from December 26 to January 1, culminating in a feast and gift-giving and was first celebrated in 1966–67.

The Seven Principles

Kwanzaa is an African-American and Pan-African cultural holiday that is centered around seven principles (called Nguzo Saba in Swahili). They are:

Umoja (Unity)

Umoja (OO-MO-JAH) Unity stresses the importance of togetherness for the family and the community, which is reflected in the African saying, “I am We,” or “I am because We are.”

Kujichagulia (Self-Determination)

Kujichagulia (KOO-GEE-CHA-GOO-LEE-YAH) Self-Determination requires that we define our common interests and make decisions that are in the best interest of our family and community.

Ujima (Collective Work and Responsibility)

Ujima (OO-GEE-MAH) Collective Work and Responsibility reminds us of our obligation to the past, present and future, and that we have a role to play in the community, society, and world.

Ujamaa (Cooperative Economics)

Ujamaa (OO-JAH-MAH) Cooperative economics emphasizes our collective economic strength and encourages us to meet common needs through mutual support.

Nia (Purpose)

Nia (NEE-YAH) Purpose encourages us to look within ourselves and to set personal goals that are beneficial to the community.

Kuumba (Creativity)

Kuumba (KOO-OOM-BAH) Creativity makes use of our creative energies to build and maintain a strong and vibrant community.

Imani (Faith)

Imani (EE-MAH-NEE) Faith focuses on honoring the best of our traditions, draws upon the best in ourselves, and helps us strive for a higher level of life for humankind, by affirming our self-worth and confidence in our ability to succeed and triumph in righteous struggle.

The Swahili language or Kiswahili, is a Bantu language spoken by various ethnic groups that inhabit several large stretches of the Mozambique Channel coastline from northern Kenya to northern Mozambique. Closely related languages, sometimes considered dialects, are spoken in the Comoros Islands and Somalia. Although only five million or so people speak Swahili as their mother tongue, it is used as a lingua franca in much of East Africa, and the total number of speakers exceeds 140 million. Swahili serves as a national, or official language, of four nations: TanzaniaKenya,Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Some Swahili vocabulary is derived from Arabic through more than twelve centuries of contact with Arabic-speaking inhabitants of the coast of south eastern Africa. It has also incorporated PersianGermanPortugueseEnglish, and French words into its vocabulary through contact with empire builders, traders, and slavers during the past five centuries.

It is of such remarkable days like these that we share these phenomenal facts & more about Africa and Ladies and Gents i would like to quote one of the profound African-American Author Dr. Maya Angelou where she talked about Reading Cures Racisim And Ignorance during Apartheid regime in America and I quote “Probably the only way that Any of us will ever be free from the blight of Ignorance and Racism is if we READ any of us and we say its ONLY equals that make friends and relationships that are not between equals, are out of Balance, that may be Mertonalism, Pertonalism, Deuduolism or Something but if everybody knows something about African Heritage the African Gift….Gift to the World, i mean Whites as well as Blacks – there is a possibility that people may respect each other and if they respect each other they might…just might perhaps become friends”  This statement again is relevant to today’s People because indeed reading is the best habit one can embrace for him/her self.

I Thank you.

By Sandisiwe Xheke, on Africa Day Celebration, in Kayamandi, organised by Lokxion Foundation in partnership with IMBADU MA- FRIKA DEVELOPMENT CONSORTIUM.