THE countdown has begun to the Re Kgaba Ka Diratswana Provincial Awards that will be taking place on March 1, when people from across the Free State Province will converge on Bloemfontein to enjoy a day devoted to agriculture, food and the cultural heritage of the Province.
The Free State Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, led by MEC, Ms Mamiki Qabathe, will be hosting the awards at the Glen Agricultural College, which will culminate nine months of hard work for the nominees.
Busi Moloi, from Thabo Mofutsanyana, says the excitement among the finalists and those who will be attending the event from their area is palpable.
“Everybody is looking forward to it, there is great excitement here,” Moloisays. “This has been nine months in the making, we started Re Kgaba Ka Diratswana here in July last year and the successes we have had have been amazing. Now is our time to show off those successes and learn from others too.”
Moloi says one of the big spin-offs from the Re Kgaba Ka Diratswana initiative has been the boost in the morale and confidence of ordinary citizens who have been taking part. There is now a sense of purpose among them.
“There is a lot more happiness; Re Kgaba Ka Diratswana has changed the lives of many. This Awards will be another big boost for those taking part because they will be able to enjoy their achievements. This will not only boost their morale further, but also inspire others to get involved.” Moloi says her district has been working hard in preparation for the event.
“We are really looking forward to it, especially the cook-off competition. Our team was finalising their plans on Monday and we are hopeful that a lot of good will come out of what we do”
“We are sending four groups for the cultural competition and we are excited to see how they perform.”
Asked about the successes in Re Kgaba Ka Diratswana that stand out in her district, Moloi says dealing with the schools has been the most rewarding for her.
“We have been working with a number of schools in helping them develop their own sustainable food sources. Elevating food insecurity in the Free State is not a one man task and we are grateful for the support received from other Departments and role players”.
“You can see the improvement in a lot of children and that is very gratifying. This is a programme that is about action and not words and you can see the results on the ground. literally!”
Re Kgaba Ka Diratswana will be celebrating the achievement of all those nominated in the 10 award categories on 1st March 2014 at the Glen Agricultural College.
The categories are: Best New and Existing Backyard Garden, Best New and Existing School Garden, Best New and Existing Church or Community Garden, Best Innovation to Save Water, Best Innovation to Recycle, Best Innovation for Natural Pest and Weed Control, and Best Innovation to use Natural Compost.