TiBaKalanga Festival 2024: Celebrating Culture, Community, and Competitiveness

by | Jun 8, 2024 | Blog

Introduction The TiBaKalanga Festival 2024 was a grand celebration of culture, community, and competitiveness. Held over two days, the festival featured a variety of events that drew crowds from across the district and beyond. From the thrilling 10K Run to the glamorous Miss TiBaKalanga beauty pageant, this year’s festival was an unforgettable experience.

Day 1: The 10K Run and Community Spirit

The festival kicked off with the annual 10K Run, starting from Gambo Business Centre and ending at the Cultural Centre. Despite initial registrations from 20 participants, only half returned with their medical clearance forms. As early as 8:00 am, local villagers gathered along the main road to witness the highly anticipated race. Prosper Ndlovu, a 17-year-old student from Phakama High School, emerged victorious, finishing in 49 minutes and breaking the previous record.

Following the 10K Run were the Seniors’ Walk and the Children’s Half-Kilometer Race. The festival has become a vital platform for local entrepreneurs, who set up vending stalls to sell their products, contributing to the local economy.

Day 2: The Miss TiBaKalanga Beauty Pageant

Day two was highlighted by the Miss TiBaKalanga beauty pageant, now in its fifth year. Twenty models competed across five categories: Introduction, Sportswear, Talent, Traditional Wear, and Evening Wear. Sikhanyisile Ndlovu, a 20-year-old from Damani Village, won the title with her Kalanga-centric approach, earning the admiration of both judges and audience.

The judges, Ms. Sincominkosi Khumalo, Ms. Nkanyezi Malunga, and Ms. Confidence Dube, brought diverse perspectives to the competition. The event also featured performances by local traditional dance groups and other entertainers, adding to the festive atmosphere.


We extend our gratitude to our sponsors for their generous support:

  1. The Blessed Sikhosana Foundation – New York, USA
  2. African Delis Restaurant – Plumtree
  3. Rea Vaya Football Club – Gwambe
  4. BowtiesOnly Company – Canada
  5. Mr. JT McCall – USA
  6. Gatsheni Meats – Nketha 9
  7. Shania Decor – Johannesburg, RSA


The TiBaKalanga Festival 2024 was a remarkable celebration that highlighted the rich cultural heritage and vibrant community spirit of the region. We look forward to next year’s festival, which promises to be even more spectacular.

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