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Evening with film director Koos Roets a great success

Published: October 15th, 2020
Evening with film director Koos Roets a great success Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo | Photos courtesy Wilhelm Vincent

Evening with film director Koos Roets a great success

It was a cosy Thursday night on the 1st of October, down at Emily Moon where about 50 Plett locals gathered for a night of wine, wood-fired pizzas, a movie, and a chance to chat away with one of South Africa’s foremost film directors, Oom Koos Roets, who was with his wife Eunice.

The reason? To raise funds for an upcoming short film set to be shot in Kranshoek, which is in itself a heritage site as it is home to one of South Africa’s oldest tribes from the Khoi and San – The Griqua.

The short film celebrates a traditional ...more


We came, we braai’d and we danced because – Heritage!

Published: September 30th, 2020
We came, we braai’d and we danced because – Heritage! Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

We came, we braai’d and we danced because - Heritage!

About a hundred or so Kwano residents flocked to Sishuba Street, the main street of Kwano, to celebrate heritage day, and I caught the glimpse of the activities.

The 24th of September is heritage day in South Africa and South Africans never run short of ways to express their culture, be it food, clothes, dance or music - the people living in the Southern tip of Africa are just proud people.

The people of Plett were not to be left behind. This free heritage event was organised by Kwano Crime Prevention Unit, a community-led organisation with the sole mission of ...more


Traditional Khoisan Dance Fuses with Contemporary Day Hip Hop in New Short Film

Published: September 18th, 2020
Traditional Khoisan Dance Fuses with Contemporary Day Hip Hop in New Short Film Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Traditional Khoisan Dance Fuses with Contemporary Day Hip Hop in New Short Film

A Quadrant Media Advisory Production. Directed by Koos Roets.

As South Africa sets about to celebrate Heritage Month, a new short film about traditional Khoisan dance, fusing with modern day hip hop dance is about to be shot right here in our coastal town, in a Griqua settlement just 15 minutes away from Plett.

Talking of all things heritage, one can say the first nations people of Southern Africa, collectively known as Khoe-San/Khoisan have been largely forgotten and side-lined to the margins of ...more


Are we braaiing this year? Hell yeah!

Published: September 16th, 2020
Are we braaiing this year? Hell yeah! Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Of familiar spaces, people and events; are we braaiing this year? Hell yeah!

Almost six months ago the world stopped, took a deep breath and sighed – bracing itself for the unknown as a corona virus was ravaging all those in its wake.

The music was turned off, lights stopped glittering and the outdoor was unfamiliar. No bookings, no check-ins and no rushing to catch that flight at the airport. Life as we know it, changed dramatically.

But as we’re adjusting well into level two of the nationwide lockdown, South Africans are saying andizi (I’m not coming), not anymore, it’s time to get the groove back.

While international ...more


Hundreds take part in Plett Jerusalema flash mob

Published: August 26th, 2020
Hundreds take part in Plett Jerusalema flash mob Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Hundreds take part in Plett Jerusalema flash mob

Our seaside town joined in on the worldwide dance sensation when a few 100 Plettonians descended on the Main Street to dance along to the upbeat gospel song.

Jerusalema, a song by South African producer and DJ Master KG, features vocalist Nomcebo. It was released in November 2019 and has since been a hit globally.

On our local end, organisers of the event last Saturday hoped to attract upwards of 1000 Plett peeps all in effort to revive our spirits, and declare for all to know that Plett is open for business; and after the last five months of being locked indoors and ...more


Turn illegal dumping sites into food gardens and involve the youth in it

Published: August 10th, 2020
Turn illegal dumping sites into food gardens and involve the youth in it Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Turn illegal dumping sites into food gardens and involve the youth in it

July 18 was declared by the United Nations as “Nelson Mandela International Day” (or Mandela Day) in November 2009 with the first UN Mandela Day celebrated in July 2010.

It’s basically a call to action that each individual can play a role in transforming society for the better. The campaign says “Nelson Mandela has fought for social justice for 67 years. We’re asking you to start with 67 minutes”.

There have been great projects the world over observing Mandela Day, from 67 blankets for Mandela, to feeding the ...more


Mike Bhayibhile – A passion for classical music and performing

Published: July 16th, 2020
Mike Bhayibhile – A passion for classical music and performing Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Plett’s Mike Bhayibhile talks about his passion for classical music and performing at the Plett ARTS Festival

Mike Bathande Bhayibhile might have grown up in a township like most of his peers, but he’s not your regular Joe where playing soccer and rugby is what makes a man in these neck of the woods; he rather opted for something totally different – classical music.

I begin our conversation by asking him why classical music of all things he could have done, and after a short chuckle, the church he points out, the Apostle Church to be exact, is all that influenced his passion for music and later a career ...more


Plett needs cycling lanes as the sport gains popularity across town

Published: July 7th, 2020
Plett needs cycling lanes as the sport gains popularity across town Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Plett needs cycling lanes as the sport gains popularity across the town

Apparently I didn’t get the memo; everyone seems to be a cyclist these days, but don’t get me wrong, it’s a beautiful scene to see because it means people are getting more health conscious by the day.

I know that over the years there have been a number of Kwano residents commuting to and from work, but the congestion has never been this great since they only commute to and from work during certain hours. Now that the interest has grown to include those that ride for pleasure and those who do so for health reasons, Plett ...more


Plett communities march against gender based violence

Published: June 30th, 2020
Plett communities march against gender based violence Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Plett communities march against gender based violence in Qolweni, Pine Trees and Kwano

While the world is fighting an invisible pandemic, there is a visible one ravaging woman and children every day – Gender Based Violence (GBV). This, despite it being declared by President Ramaphosa a national crisis in September 2019, GBV seems to be on the rise in South Africa.

Recent GBV cases that have attracted nationwide protests include the murder of 25-year-old Naledi Phangindawo of Mossel Bay who was hacked to death with an axe and knife on 8 June 2020 by her boyfriend, Mlondi Ntlangule (34). ...more


Raising social issues through music

Published: June 23rd, 2020
Raising social issues through music Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Raising social issues through music: Main Fact at Plett ARTS Festival

They are probably ‘The’ local Hip Hop group to look out for in the future of Plett’s music scene, particularly because they’re young, fresh and obviously bringing in something new to the game.

Here we’re talking Hip Hop back in its original state, where the conscious element was at the centre of the music, when hip hop artists concerned themselves with the socio-economic issues around them before bling and glamour took over the craft.

Afteral, Hip hop originated in the predominantly African American economically depressed ...more


Negotiating despair and finding hope: Ntombi Wonci @ Plett Arts Festival

Published: June 22nd, 2020
Negotiating despair and finding hope: Ntombi Wonci @ Plett Arts Festival Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Negotiating despair and finding hope: Ntombi Wonci to perform at the Plett Arts Festival

Perhaps you know her as an academic, radical feminist and activist, well, there’s more to Sivuyisiwe “Ntombi” Wonci than she lets on, and at this year’s first ever virtual Plett ARTS Festival, we get to experience the creative side of this amazing Plett local.

Ntombi is one of many who hails from the hands of Mncedisi “Ta Mnce” Ncedani, who at the time ran a number of creative arts projects at the Simunye Community Centre now known as Thusong Centre.

Ntombi is one of those gems that Ta Mnce found and ...more


A Plett Youth feeling re-imagined

Published: June 15th, 2020
A Plett Youth feeling re-imagined Wandisile’s Plett

A blog by Wandisile Sebezo.

Plett youth offer hot meals to Kwano Clinic patients

“Each generation must out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfil it or betray it” Frantz Fanon.

When the idea of ‘Winter Warming’ was born in 2017, I wrote; "June in the South African political calendar is considered a youth month, its roots in the June 16 1976 uprising, where scores of young people responded to the imposition of Afrikaans as a medium of instruction in Black public schools by taking to the streets to voice their dissatisfaction. Over the last 23 years of our democracy, June 16 has been considered a youth day, ...more