‘eMzantsi’ means ‘in the South’ in isiXhosa and the 7th annual eMzantsi Carnival celebrating the culture of the south peninsula takes place on Saturday 3rd December.
This year, thanks to funding from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, all eMzantsi community-building programmes have been going green in a big way. Children and youth across the valley have been having lots of fun together while learning about environmental issues around the theme eMzantsi Goes BOS!
There will be no carbon-emitting floats in the parade, but five giant puppets. Biodiversity champion BOS-BABY will frolic with our pre-primary participants. The mermaid Princess MAMLAMBO will be accompanied by eMzantsi’s primary schools twinning programme kids who have been learning how important it is to conserve water. High school participants will be sun warriors following SOLAR, the alternative energy champion, and intercultural music project participants will support the climate change puppet FATHER TIME, torn between technology and nature. And finally mothers from all over the peninsula will escort STOF MAMA, the recycled queen of our mapiko art-from-waste project, who will be demonstrating how Mother Earth has had quite enough of being dumped on.
Spectators can park at the Sun Valley Mall and walk up Ou Kaapse Weg to the fourway junction to watch the eMzantsi Carnival parade on the Kommetjie Road from 10am. The stageshow takes place from 12-3pm on the Sun Valley green afterwards and will feature the finals of our eMzantsi’s Got Talent competition hosted by SA’s Got Talent TV presenter Rob van Vuuren, Fish Hoek’s favourite son. Bring your family and enjoy the food and craft market, and free entertainment. See www.emzantsi.org.za or call the eMzantsi office 021 785 1515 for more info or to join in!
DATE: Saturday 3 December 2011
10h00- 12h00: eMzantsi Carnival Parade
12h00- 15h00: eMzantsi Stageshow
PLEASE NOTE: Traffic will be delayed along the Kommetjie Road and Ou Kaapse Weg from 10am-12 noon on Saturday 3rd December.