On Saturday, 28 November 2015 the Executive Mayor Nicolette Botha-Guthrie received a heart-warming welcome from the children and residents of Karwyderskraal, a little mountainous enclave on the outskirts of Hermanus.
There to celebrate and take part in the Christmas Party thrown especially for the village’s young people were, amongst others, the benefactor of the event - the elderly and stately - Mrs Salinga von Maltzahn, the Mayor and her party of Municipal officials, the organisers and the various acts of entertainment.
The function kicked off to a resounding start with a “Karwyderskraal’s Got Talent’ show managed and led by sound technician and DJ, William Ntebe – founder of the Zwelihle Youth Café. First up was a beautiful rendition of “My God is Goed” sung by a group of Karwyderskraal children, followed by a ‘volksliedjie’ from one of its teens that brought many a ‘smile-to-the-face’, and concluded with a vibey dance-off that could see quite a few potential candidates featuring on future “So you think you can Dance” instalments.
Not to be outdone was the Kleinmond-based Handevat Marimba Band who had the crowd on their feet and clapping along happily to tunes like “In the Jungle”, “Nuwe Hoop”, “Beethoven’s Oude Joy”, “Blue Suede Shoes”, “Buja Afrika”, “Meadowlands” and “Kumbaya My Lord”, to name a few.
Both young and old were completely enthralled and thoroughly captivated by the last segment of entertainment being the puppet show, with an “African Tale” and “Nativity Play” put on by the very beguiling and engaging Enlighten Puppeteers under the tutelage of puppeteer, Elizabeth Reppel. Ripples of laughter could be heard escaping from the audience as yet another antic of the ‘silly old frog’ was regaled during the African Tale, and gasps of wonder filled the air as the ‘Angel appeared to Mary’ to announce the impending birth of the baby Jesus in the Nativity Play.
With the entertainment spent, it was soon time to satiate the hunger and thirst of the energetic young lads and lassies. A spread of note comprised of boerie-rolls, salads, cupcakes, goody-bags, cooldrinks and juices, Christmas crackers and gifts was laid on through the significant financial contribution of the benefactor, as well as the generous donation of products and services from local businesses such as Woolworths, Pick ‘n Pay and The Eatery in Hermanus and Werner’s Butchery, Spar Superstore and OK Store in Kleinmond.
In her closing address, the Mayor said, “From here on this will be known as the Von Maltzahn/Overstrand Business Annual Christmas Party for Children. The show of generosity in spirit and kind from the lady concerned and the retail companies mentioned has been amazing. Without their help, this event would not have been possible. Just seeing the way the kids’ faces lit up and how mesmerized they were by today’s proceedings; that - to me - is the greatest reward. I think I can safely say that each and every one of us walk away from here today all the richer for the experience.”