By Jimmy Modau 15 October 2021
On Friday, 24 September 2021, the Vaal University of Technology, in collaboration with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture, Sedibeng and Emfuleni Municipality, Ubaba Oqotho Men’s Forum and the Boipatong community, hosted a community dialogue and heritage extravaganza at the Boipatong Community Museum. The main purpose of the event was to educate and engage with the Boipatong community about the importance of preserving indigenous cultures and thereby protecting historic heritage site and museums.
Acting Director Community Engagement at VUT and National Social Cohesion Advocate, Mr. Joseph Norman Radebe
Mr. Joseph Norman Radebe – National Social Cohesion Advocate and Acting Director Community Engagement at VUT, outlined the purpose and background of the event. He commenced the proceedings by pointing out the need for proper service delivery, indicating that the community of Tshirela has been neglected since the dawn of the massacre, especially by private industry in the surrounding area. He further highlighted the scourge of gender base violence and femicide that remain pervasive during this pandemic period. He accentuated that the purpose of the occasion is to rebuild the continuous decay of cultures in black communities and thereby preserving and archiving the history of our rich heritage. In his entire articulation, he emphasized that Boipatong community has played a significant role in shaping the democracy that we enjoy today, yet this community remain impoverished and forgotten when it comes to service delivery and youth employment and business opportunities.
Performance by Lebogang Mokhothu aka Lebza Sax
The program was graced by the National Social Cohesion Advocacy represented by Mr Daniel Dunia from the National Department of Sport, Arts and Culture. The Speaker of the Emfuleni Municipality, Cllr Maipato Tsokolobane rendered the keynote address. Ms Modiehi Morakile, VUT Community Engagement Manager, Mr Jabu Maitse, Manager in the Youth Directorate at Sedibeng Municipality, Ms Thembi Majakana from Emfuleni Municipality, Mr Panyanza Dlamini, Spokesperson of Ubaba Oqotho Men’s Forum and a community leader, Ms Mahadi Ramotsamai from the Moral Regeneration Movement and Mr Fana Mthunzi, a local Councilor of Ward 8 Tshirela in Boipatong. The event was showered by the rich talent of traditional dances, local dances and musicians and a divergent traditional African dish was served to the participants and community members.