NDLAMBE FM presenters organised June 16 celebrations themed as “First Annual Family Day” last Saturday.
Organisers Sinethembe Chiz Pase and Luvuyo Sonaze Toyza said the event was intended to give a platform to families to come and had fun.
“We want the families to come with their children and have fun,” said Pase. Radio DJs had organised jumping castle games for the kids.
“We also discovered that Port Alfred has few youth activities and therefore with this date we wanted to do something for them,” Pase said.
Local radio presenters invited national figures from different arenas. Thamsanqa Teyise from Free State Stars, a recently crowned 2018 Nedbank Cup Champion’s winner was one of the guests. Teyise is originally from Emnyameni playing for Free State Stars at Premier Soccer League National level league.
Ndlambe FM further invited other radio presenters like Mafa Bavuma and Lulu Harmans from Umhlobo Wene FM, which is a national radio station. The guests were clearly the favourites of the residents if numbers were anything to go by. The venue was filled downstairs and upstairs.
Local artists such as Nomonde Fani and Lifa Nxopho were also catered in the programme to showcase what they are capable of as musicians. According to Pase, Nxopho is a multitalented individual and is heading to Germany next month to play volleyball.
A mini tournament was part of the activities that took place, with 15 teams participating. The entrance fee for the tournament was R80, the winners walked away with a grand prize of R1 000 and gold medals while the runners-up received a prize of R500 and silver medals.
Indigenous games like gumboot dance, drama and poems were part of the indoor games to showcase cultural pride. It was during the indoor games that Eskom load-shedding happened, which ruined the atmosphere. Mafa Bavuma and Lulu Harmans, who were catered for the indoor programme, could not do anything due to the outage.
This also affected local performers who were hoping to showcase their talents to national figures. Although that was beyond organisers’ control, some of the audience did not hide their disappointment, stating that had the programme started at 8am as stated in the poster, load-shedding would not have affected them.