Through the grapevine

It’s 2017 and here’s to wishing that the Department of Culture, Sport and Recreation could stop claiming victories and successes of individuals and groups from the province that attain national accolades that they never contributed to.

They did it with Ntandoyenkosi Kunene when she was crowned Miss South Africa last year, also with Team Mpumalanga that won the Clash of the Choirs competition, and Karabo Mogane, to mention but a few. Commend them for a job well done rather than taking centre stage and owning the processes. We are watching you – khiphani imali asebenze ama artist!

Event organisers, be warned that 2017 comes with a challenge for you: act in a more professional way than you’ve been conducting yourselves. Never, ever, start advertising events and line-ups when you haven’t booked nor paid the artists.
That’s very dangerous as you’re not only discrediting yourselves, you’re also putting people’s lives in danger with the nonappearance of main artists that have purportedly been booked for your events. Crowds reacting in a drunken stupor lead to malicious damage to property- and human beings- in the vicinity.

Revellers are no fools. They spend their hard-earned money to support your events.
For once, people of Mpumalanga, you must take pride in being objectively critiqued for what you do through this column. It’s nothing personal as such, but meant to assist every individual who matters to the people, to conduct their business efficiently. They get slapped on the knuckles, not in a subtle manner, but professionally.
It’s meant to build and develop. So, next time friends and family inform you that you’ve been featured, don’t be offended; take a cue from the advice we offer and get on with your life. No one is indispensable!

May the force be with you. Until next week!

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