HERITAGE Day was celebrated with great enthusiasm and in true fashion by officials from the department of correctional services (DCS) at their King William’s Town office on Friday.
Officials representing different cultural groups performed traditional dances while delicious dishes also formed part of the festivities.
DCS communications head Sivuyisiwe Matanga said officials were divided into four cultural “clans”, dressing up in traditional attire and preparing traditional food.
“The four clans – amaXhosa, coloureds, whites and Sothos – made a presentation of their culture, traditions and their food which was assessed and a winner chosen by management,” Matanga said.
“The funds for the event were popped out of our pockets as this is also a way of team-building,” she said.
Going around the different cultures it was very interesting to learn and see how much the officials knew about their various cultures and the diversities of the clans.
In the far corner were the coloureds busy around a fire with some officials enjoying the scrumptious food while others were having fun dancing to some Afrikaans songs.
“We represent the coloured clan and are busy with our potjiekos and making dumplings as we just love it,” group leader Luyanda Poswa said.
A few metres away, were the whites around a beautifully decorated table where wine, cake and salads were on display.
Leader Nolwandle Holiday said: “We have wine, braai meat and snacks with carrot cake as dessert to represent Western culture.”
The Sotho clan with Verona Casper as their leader had on display at their table umqusho (samp and beans), umbakho (pot bread), mawutwana (chicken feet) and maiamarotu (chicken livers).
The last clan was the amaXhosa and Bernadine Jeggels said they prepared umpokoqo (crumbly mealie pap), umfino (maize meal and spinach) and ulusu. They also made some mageau and ginger beer.
It then went straight to the adjudication team as they did their rounds for their assessment. The team consisted of area commissioner Nolitha Mangxila, finance area coordinator Benjamin Mncedane, George Mkhululi and Xolile Bhe.
The amaXhosa came out tops followed by the Sotho clan and the coloureds in third place.