Story by:Motsieng Mooketsi
Matlosana”Klerksdorp”: Dr Martin Khunou has bigger dreams and visions about the concept of Matlosana Arts & Cultural Exchange Festival. ever since the beginning of Heritage Month, MACEF has held back to back events that have been very successfully executed by the MACEF team.
The Educational Tour became an even greater event that marvelled students who some of them took the first glimpse ever of the history of the city. On the 29th of September 2017 the tour began with a township tour with selected schools from Jouberton, Kanana, Khuma and Tigane, these schools are Mofatlhosi Secondary School, Tshebedisano Secondary School, Gaenthone Primary School and Prestige High School from Alabama.
The tour went to the city’s battle grounds of the struggle which took part in the townships during the Apartheid dispensation, Heritage sites like the Casey Sindi, Delekile Khoza, Mfana Mojova and Tumelo Lekoto are a reminder of the role Matlosana played in the political struggle of the country. The tour headed to town at the Klerksdorp Museum which was a prison in the olden days of apartheid and was later on turned into a museum back in 1977, the museum depicts Prison Life, Art, Music Instruments, Rock Engravings, British lifestyle, Classic Auto-Mobile, Indian Culture in the South African context and some of the most iconic people from Klerksdorp such as Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu.
The next stop was the transport museum which still needs a lot of renovation, the students curiously took a learning and life changing experience to the Old Cemetery which is one of the most iconic heritage sites of the city, the cemeteries separately situated in a stone throw distance from one another, these include; The Makweteng Cemetery, The Muslim Cemetery, The British Cemetery and the Duetsch Cemetery.
The last tour took place at Goud Koppie “Gold Hill” heritage hill which lies on the N12 National Treasure Route, the Goud Koppie’s history dates back to stoneage, it has old mining shafts, rock engraving of the Khoi/ San people, the hill gives a splendid view of The city’s Northern Suburbs, CBD, the new developments taking place on the N12 and from a somewhat telescopic view of Jouberton from a far.
The closed off in the evening at the food court of Matlosana Mall which turned into a stage, runway and an exclusive MACEF disability fashion, with participants from Techford, Adonai, Daphney Lee, and Anadale they were supported by Miss Klerksdorp 2017 and the finalists of the competition.
Dr Victor set the stage a light with a spectacular live band performance which made the fashion show a music festival, Victor accomadated everyone by performing Afro-pop, Afrikaan Music, House and Nigerian music, everyone danced, sang and showed Dr Victor how we do it in Maklera.