The soaring barometer on Friday, 4 December 2015, did little to dull the senses or enthusiasm of attendees at the momentous “Oral History Initiative Launch” that was rolled out at the Thusong Centre in Hawston by Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Anroux Marais.
On arrival, the Minister and the area’s Executive Mayor, Nicolette Botha-Guthrie, were treated to a lively and heart-warming cultural ensemble provided by the Siyazama Dance Group, comprised mostly of a number of traditionally-clad “senior youth” from the district.
The impetus behind the Oral History Initiative is to integrate the various components of the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) by documenting the stories behind the vast array of communities dotted across the Western Cape. The exercise will afford local community members, including sports legends, the opportunity to not only share personal stories amongst themselves, but to have these all too important recollections that capture the essence of the towns involved, committed to the annals of history. This will also, in turn, allow all South Africans, and the world at large, insight into the many diverse and varied cultures that make up the Rainbow Nation.