Dear Friends and Supporters,
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL!
I hope you are celebrating the start of 2018 in good spirits with family and friends. It’s very important to look ahead and think about what the new year may bring us, but first let’s take a quick look back at our accomplishments.
2017 was quite an eventful year for us at the TG Silundika Cultural Community Centre. We have been through many exciting developments, some not so positive. But we’re happy that the positive by far outweigh the negative.
We are truly grateful for our partnership with major companies such as DHL , Truworths and local businesses like Khame Enterprises and Sivelakhatshana Store which enabled us to hold a very successful second annual 10K Run last July. The prospects for an even bigger event in 2018 are very high. The centre also saw the successful construction of 8 new ablutions facilities plus a performance stage, all of which have and will continue to enable us to host high profile events for many years to come. The first major test came in July when we hosted the inaugural annual TiBaKalanga Festival. Thanks to our partnership with the renowned US Anthropologist, Prof Gordon Bronitsky, Lupane State University, National University of Science and Technology, our supporters in the diaspora who donated generously and above all, the Ward 6 community in Bulilima District, the festival was a resounding success.
The next one, whose details will be released shortly, is scheduled for 21 & 22 July, 2018. Everything that can be done is being done to ensure that the festival grows and runs more efficiently each year.
That said, we’re fully aware of the challenges that lie ahead. Zimbabwe’s economic climate remains very difficult for all. Our community development initiatives continue to rely on the infusion of financial resources from the donor community. Our aim however, is and has always been to achieve a status of self-sustainability for all our projects.
Our community suffered a major blow recently when the engine that pumps water from Manzamnyama River disappeared misteriously. We pray that it is found and that those responsible are held accountable. In short, the current circumstances are quite challenging but we will not lose sight of our vision to establish “a standard of excellence in cultural heritage sustainability in southern Africa.”
Our next major project is to build the “Kalanga Village,” a set of traditional dome structures and mud huts around the community centre. That will be followed by other buildings such as the caretaker’s house, the kitchen, the Kalanga monument and the centre for the performing arts, all of which will, of course be conditional on the availability of resources.
We ask for your continued support and dedication, hoping the year 2018 will bring all of us good health and prosperity.
All the best for 2018 and best regards,
TGSCCC Project Manager
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