Zim, SA in culture exchange program

Babongile Mudau-Gora

Stakeholders from Zimbabwe and South Africa are meeting in Beitbridge this week to enhance the peace building initiative through a culture exchange festival.
The event is being coordinated by the American Friends Service Committee, Catholic Commission for Justice and Peace (CCJP) and Musina Legal Advice Office (MLAO) at a local hotel.

Event organisers are seeking to strengthen ties among communities living in Beitbridge, Mwenezi and Musina who share strong cultural ties.

The South African delegation led by Mr Jacob Matakanye has 24 members mostly social workers, teachers, nurses, and peace ambassadors. People from South Africa with 03 being MLAO staff and 23 being Community Members.

Mr Matakanye told Ḽotsha FM that the selected communities share a lot on culture and that the fact that they are separate by a colonial boundary should not divide them.
American friends service committee, country director, Mrs Nthabiseng Nkomo said they were looking at infusing the culture of tolerance and Ubuntu between the different communities in the two countries.

Artists and entertainment groups from the two countries added colour at the official opening of the event that was attended by local member of parliament (Beitbridge east) Mr Albert Nguluvhe and the Acting District Development Coordinator Mr Jahson Mugodzwa among other stakeholders.

National Arts Council coordinator for Matabeleland South, Mr Percy Vela commended the artists for putting up a well-choreographed performance.
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