THE general public and revelers who attended Limpopo Marula Festival are satisfied with how the festival went over the two weekends starting on February 22 until March 1.
This started with the street carnival and cultural performances, which were later followed by the youth festival. The MEC for LEDET, Mr, Seaparo Sekoati, praised the Local Organizing Committee (LOC) for the splendid work they did for putting together such a successful festival. The highlight on the first day of the festival, was when the bikers stole the show with their performances on their way to Impala Park Stadium and on stage.
Later in the evening various artists and DJ’s entertained a packed stadium with their melodies. Among them were DJ Kanyane, DJ Oskido, DJ Brian, Magubane De’ Franchise Uhuru, Professor, Snotkop (formerly known as Lekgowa), and many other local artists. Many young people were so thrilled to be at the festival and some praised the organizers for raising the standard of the festival and also lowering the entrance price to R100 for both weekend festivals.
The whole week starting from February 24 until March 1, saw Phalaborwa abuzz with a plethora of activities which undoubtedly boosted the town with the injection of economic activities. All 1400 beds in Phalaborwa were sold out and this is good sign of growth for tourism and economy of the District as neighbouring towns like Tzaneen, Modjadjiskloof, Giyani and Hoedspruit as they also helped accommodate the overflow of people during this festival. Another activity that was already hailed a success on February 22, was Limpopo Marula 4X4 Challenge that happened at Hlolwa Lodge (Outside Phalaborwa). At all Limpopo Marula Festival activities, participants and members of the public were served with free Marula beverage. This year the festival Local Organizing Committee increased the amount of the beverage to 10 000 liters. The major beneficiary in the whole exercise was Mukumbi Industries, which comprise 13 cooperatives that brewed the Marula beer, but also produced other bi-products of Marula, such as archar, jam, soap, juice, body and hand lotion, cooking oil, nuts, etc. it is fascinating to note that guests who attended the MEC, Seaparo Sekoati’s welcome dinner received some Marula products as part of the celebration of
At the welcome dinner of the festival in Phalaborwa, MEC for LEDET, Mr. Seaparo Sekoati, in his speech stated that it will be prudent for the organizers in collaboration with Ba-Phalaborwa Municipality should develop plans to look for another alternative venue as the stadium is annually becoming smaller for this festival. He also welcomed representatives from 11 countries who came to the festival, which is another sign of the growth of the festival. in attendance were other Members of the Executive Council, Members of Parliament, Members of the Provincial Legislature, Mayors of Municipalities and councilors and CEO’s of organizations (both public and private sector organization).