Icing of annual Mahika-Mahikeng Cultural Music Festival is provincial government’s response to blatant CORRUPTION.

With all the challenges against the 2019 annual Mahika-Mahikeng Cultural Music Festival including legal battles aimed at derailing the controversial show, there was no way in which the organizers, the North West provincial administration would allow the festival to continue later this month. In fact, the controversy around the festival started as far back as several years ago when the provincial administration under former Premier, Supra Mahumapelo literally “forced their way into the organization of the festival formerly known as the “Sixties”.

The Sixties was a well organized entertainment event which opened the end- of- the- year festivities programme as preparation for the Christmas period in the province until “politics appeared on the scene”. The provincial administration announced last week that the event would this year take a gap year, so as to allow the North West Provincial Government to deliver a repackaged quality music and cultural festival next year. “We have, after careful and in-depth consideration, and after consulting with various stakeholders related to the event, come to a difficult decision not to stage the 2019 Mahika-Mahikeng Cultural Music Festival.
‘It is without doubt that the festival has grown in leaps and bounds, with small, medium and macro businesses having benefited from providing accommodation and other related services to visitors and music fanatics during the festival period, thus contributing immensely to the economy of Mahikeng. “We would therefore like to apologise to all patrons and business people, but we commit that the 2020 edition of the festival will be much better and much inclusive than the previous editions, with better economic spinoffs for the people of Mahikeng and the entire province of the North West”, the government said in the statement. As expected, the news of the cancellation of the show which usually brought with it loads of economic spin-offs for local businesses where met with anger from service providers and artists alike. Adding to the wide-spread outcry from the general public, would-be service providers argue that the cancellation would cost them hundreds of rands and literally prevent the local economy from growing. They have also accused the provincial government of “showing little interest” in the development of the province and its citizenry. “All that they are interested in is corruption and lining their pockets with money they have not worked for”, said a local service provider.