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Makhelwane festival takes center stage this weekend in Soweto

WHENEVER THE Makhelwane Festival kicks in at this time of the year, abo-makhelwane (neighbours) get to be neighbourly by showing off humility (Ubuntu) the fun way.

Makhelwane festival takes center stage this weekend in Soweto

Makhelwane Festival celebrates its fourth edition beginning this Friday 14 to 16 at Orlando, Soweto. Festival organiser Sifiso Dlangamandla (grey t-shirt) says the more the tourists, the more katchiing.

Entering its fourth edition Makhelwane runs from December 14 to 16 at Poka Street Orlando (an open street interspersed with loads of jamborees).

This is the only time residents or abo-makhe open their houses to be used as venues to buy anything from kasie food cuisine, cultural wares, clothes and of course, the forbidden waters.

Thrilling food and drink vendors include the Good to Go Eatery, Eyethu Cellar Door, Hectic 7 and We Are Succulents.

The concept encourages local businesses to circulate the rand in Soweto. Katchiiing…

Lilizela Award winner Lebo’s Backpackers kicks off the festivities by welcoming guests with storytelling, poetry, music and camping promotion on Friday 14.

On Saturday 15 the likes of Doc Shebeleza, Moonchild Sanelly (famous for Makhe song), Thasman, Kingisto and others will provide entertainment along Poka Street. There will also be Soweto Outdoor Adventure experiences.

Makhelwane Fest also provides opportunities for emerging entrepreneurs to showcase their brilliancy, thanks to the Gauteng Tourism that has created a space for them to share and impart ideas within the tourism sector, amongst others.

Over the past years, Gauteng Tourism has used this platform to showcase breath-taking township tourism offerings, accord township tourism products and experiences an opportunity to collaborate and share in joint marketing programme with fellow colleagues in the tourism promotion space.

Sifiso Dlangamandla who has been running the festival for over three-years says:” The festival aims to attract tourism into Soweto during the festive season with the #VayaSoweto campaign to experience local food, fashion, art and music and also encourage local shopping.”

GPShotleft #48Hours in Soweto experience, this is hardcore kasie tourism- support it…

Tickets are available for R150 at the gate or Webticket.

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