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Nto hetje nama festival promotes farming

Hukuntsi meat lovers cannot wait to “hetje nama” come December 22 and 23 when the Kgalagadi Meat Festival gets underway.

Themed “nto hetje nama” the festival will give residents a taste of different cuts and varieties of meat.

The event organiser, Morebodi Paledi said the idea to host the meat festival came about after he realised that the youth were no longer eager to venture into farming despite their area being the hub of cattle and small stock farming.

Paledi added that through the festival they intend to promote meat products produced in Kgalagadi North Sub-district as well as youth artists from the area in order to enable them to show off their talents to the community.

He said they also hope that the festival  would encourage the local youth to become involved in agri-businesses. He noted that the meat festival would also promote local entrepreneurs, adding that it would also encourage local communities to appreciate their culture through framing.

Furthermore, he said the event would also help to promote youth involvement in community projects, and to provide entertainment to them in order to encourage them to refrain from engaging in undesirable behaviour.

Paledi said the two-day event would be held at a farm two kms away from the village along the Hukuntsi and Monong road.

About 250 people from Hukuntsi and surrounding villages as well as from as far as Gaborone, Ghanzi and Kweneng were expected to grace the event.

He emphasised that different meats would be cooked using different methods, but that they would mainly focus on the traditional method with a twist to modern techniques.

Local artists in the likes of DJ Transformer, Juu, Kalaharian boys and many more would provide entertainment and perform their popular hits from a variety of genres.

In addition, he said local farmers in the likes of Billy from Kang Meat Market, Paul Cooper and Charles Paledi would also share with the attendees the ropes of farming. Other business moguls in the likes of transport guru, Talitha Monnakgotla would give a motivational speech for the day.

Paledi said proceeds from the meat festival would be used to buy food and school needs for five families at the beginning of the New Year.

He said his dream was to donate to needy families every year, and that through the meat festival, he was confident that he would be able to live up to his vision.

Tickets are sold at P35 on Friday while on Saturday during the family fun day tickets would be sold at P50 for adults and  P25 for children while T-shirt prices range from P100 to P120.ENDS

Source : BOPA

Author : Malebogo Lekula

Location : HUKUNTSI

Event : Meat Festival

Date : Dec 21 Thu,2017


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