As we celebrate Africa Month, under the theme “Building a Better Africa and a Better World”, the Department of Arts and Culture (DAC) in collaboration with IndiZA Foods (Indigenous South African foods), will co-host the food festival under the theme: Indigenous knowledge systems and take the form of a colloquium on indigenous foods, on 20 May 2016 at Mapela Tribal Authority Hall, Mapela Village, Mokopane.
The symposium aims at sharing indigenous knowledge and its benefits towards food security and fighting diseases such as obesity, diabetes, etc.
In 2013 the Department of Arts and Culture in collaboration with IndiZA Foods (Indigenous South African foods), successfully held projects towards the promotion of indigenous foods. This project culminated in the writing of an Indigenous Foods recipe book. This was held a pilot project, where one school in each province was chosen to host a food fair and exhibition function.
Promotion of indigenous foods is vital towards harnessing cultural heritage and indigenous knowledge for sustainable socio-economic development and poverty reduction programmes/strategies. The event seeks to provide a platform for rural women in particular and people in general to market their activities and foods and subsequently launch them into mainstream commercial food markets.
Members of the media are invited as follows:
Date : Friday, 20 May 2016
Time : 09h00 – 15h00
Venue : Mapela Tribal Authority Hall, Mapela Village, Mokopane
Media RSVPs: Obed Makgoale, 079 311 8546 / ObedM@dac.gov.za
Media Enquires: Teresa Magidela, 0606017724/ TeresaM@dac.gov.za
Issued by the Department of Arts and Culture