’Bosch celebrates 10 years and announces 27 community projects for the remainder of 2021
The Stellenbosch-based e’Bosch Heritage Project, now in its tenth year of existence, is forging ahead with a total of 27 community projects for the remainder of this year, all of them adapted to observe Covid-19 protocols.
“The main goal of the e’Bosch Heritage Project is to foster social cohesion by celebrating our cultural diversity together and create inclusive economic growth opportunities for all. We want to keep the momentum going for this ideal which we started in 2011 and therefore had to come up with some creative solutions to stay safe within the constraints imposed by Covid-19 regulations in 2021.
“We are therefore pleased to announce that for the remainder of this year we will be hosting 27 projects in total, a great improvement on last year’s performance during the hard-lockdown period,” said Dr. Sias Mostert, chair of the e’Bosch Board of Directors at last Friday’s open-air official launch in Stellenbosch.
Some of the flagship e’Bosch projects announced by Mostert at the launch were the e’Bosch community leadership course project presentations on 18 September. The 15 students who completed the course in Advanced Engaged Citizenship on August 30, was facilitated by the University of Stellenbosch’s department of community development and sponsored by Remgro.
The next highlight on the calendar will be the e’Bosch – Stellenbosch University annual lecture on September 23, by the prominent business personality and newly elected CEO of Business Unity SA (Busa) Prof Bonang Mohale. The theme for this year’s lecture will be “The future heritage of business in South Africa”. It will be an online event form 18:00 to 19:30 open to the public.
The newly created Art Tile Project by Michelle-Lize van Wyk and 12 collaborators of the REBUILD art group will exhibit in Stellenbosch from 1 to 10 October and afterward tour all 14 “dorpies” of Stellenbosch with invited audiences in each location.
The e’Bosch Festival of Talents which received a total of 64 online entries for the categories music, drama and dance will stage their Grand Finale on 30 October for 10 finalists in each category on October 30, also as an online event. Winners will be selected in each category and then assisted to take their performances to some of the 14 Stellenbosch dorpies as an entrepreneurship endeavor and job creation program. A special treat is the creative baking competition with an anniversary birthday cake party planned for the morning of October 30. The project is in collaboration with the National Lotteries Commission.
The Mayor/Rector’s Award Ceremony on October 14, will be in honour of the ten-year existence of the e’Bosch Heritage Project. Awards therefore will be to those who made an extraordinary contribution to Stellenbosch’s cultural infrastructure and institutions for the benefit of all over the past ten years.
Another new kid on the block is this year’s e’Bosch Wellness Health Placemaking Project in collaboration with the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport. This program aims to open up public spaces to assist people with physical exercise and general recreation with an added benefit of improving immune systems and ultimately physical, mental, and emotional wellness. The program will be hosted during the week of October 4, Monday to Friday, from 13:00 to 14:00 at the Van der Stel sports grounds.
Other highlights of e’Bosch 2021 projects for the remainder of the year also include a pilgrimage along the Eerste River on the weekend of 22 – 24 October, a Petanque competition for teams from the 14 Stellenbosch “dorpies” on 2 October, the Interfaith Conference on Shared Values on 20 October, the e’Bosch FriendsCUP Games at Rhenish High School on 22 October, the e’Bosch u.11 soccer tournament final at Kayamandi Stadium on 23 October.
“The e’Bosch Heritage Project, founded in 2011 with an inclusive birthday party of the 80th birthday of the Voortrekker youth movement, is a response to restoring the uninformed perceptions that we have of each other. The project’s goals are to get to know each other, appreciate each other and respect each other so that every dorpie of Stellenbosch is a place that is safe and welcoming to all. While human dignity is preserved and social inclusion fostered, a new culture grows by celebrating our traditions together. The e’Bosch Heritage Project proactively builds bridges between all the social divides that permeate the South African society,” says Mostert.
Carol Lakay e’Bosch, marketing and communications manager.
Dr Sias Mostert, chairman of the board of directors.