The Emfuleni Arts and Culture Unit with the assistance of the Speaker of Emfuleni Local Municipality Cllr Maipato Tsokolibane, hosted a successful Gala Dinner for the distribution of Matric Dance dresses to Matriculants who are in need and are from destitute families within Emfuleni Local Municipality.
The dresses are a donation from TV personalities and celebrities in their own capacity. Thembikosi Junior Bikwa best known as “Bujy” from an entertainment show called Cula Sibone was the guest speaker accompanied by her industry friends a music band called the Usual Suspects and business associate Ms Brown of Brown Bread entertainment.
Bujy as we have all come to know him did not hold back as he spoke to learners about not letting anyone “shine on your shine” as he puts it. Meaning not to let anyone step on your confidence and anything else positive about you. He further encouraged learners to take serious their studies and stay away from negative people and older men to sustain themselves. His most important message of the day was that after matric, learners should not sit home and do nothing with the excuse that there are no jobs or money to further their studies. He advised learners to consider volunteering to gain experience just as he had done after matric.
Cllr Tsokolibane was very happy and exited that this initiative came to the Vaal and even boasted about the many celebrity personalities she knows who come from the Vaal. She also encouraged learners that as they wear their dresses they must also were their pride on their sleeves.
Ms Brown who is the founder of this initiative told the crowd how important it is for young girls to attend matric dance. She referred back to her matric year when she could not attend a matric dance because she could not afford a dress and how that really broke her heart. She said she felt like she had skipped a very important occasion of her youth. She also offered her contact details to learners should they need to talk about their troubles as young girls.
By Engel Mokgobi