Sat 3 May 2014
Venue: Castle of Good Hope
“SADA GE RA TSOATSOA” (We are beginning)
Thanks to the Management of the Castle of Good Hope, KSAAG launched its 2014 Khoekhoegowab Learnership Programme at the ‘Allemans’ Barracks at the Castle on 3 May 2014 to an eager group of attendees ranging from different ages, races and communities. People flocked in from as far as George, Grabouw, Paarl, Piketberg and other places to bear witness to this ‘historic’ event in a suitably historic setting. This was history in the making as it was within the same historic location that the suppression of our oldest linguistic heritage, being Khoikhoi language, was orchestrated by Colonial powers of the day. This initiative is a continuation of the ground-breaking work done Meester Pedro Dâusab in the promotion, preservation and development of Khoekhoegowab.
The theme for the day was encapsulated in the Khoekhoegowab phrase “Sada ge ra tsoatsoa”, appropriately meaning; “we are beginning”. Amidst video-projection equipment failure, the programme took a turn for the better in fact with a series of call-and-respond Khoekhoegowab-phrasing; so doing getting the crowd participating from the on-set.
Speakers on the day included the likes of Meester Pedro Dâusab (Khoe and San National Language Body), Priscilla De Wet, Chief Hennie van Wyk and Bradley van Sitters (Event Organizer). The event was also attended by Ncebakazi Faith Saliwa-Mogale (Provincial Manager: PanSalb -Western Cape).
Cultural performances in song and poetry were provided by Collin Meyer, Neil Dikwe and Loit Sôls filled in the slots between speakers. Besides for the minor disturbance of another clashing event at the same venue, the launch was a resounding success even drawing American and Japanese interests. The crowd was evenly matched between young and old participants creating inter-generational transference of knowledge.