From every corner in Soweto, you’ll find containers selling a Kota. You can call it a Kota, Township Burger, Spatlo, or Skhambane – SASKO Soweto Kota Festival comes to Soweto on the 16th and 17th of September at the Soweto Theatre, opposite Jabulani Mall.
The notion behind the event came about by one person named Sidwell Tshingilane. He said that this idea came about last year. “This whole idea came last year around July and that’s how it came about, because people complained of not having ‘kota’ in the events,” said Tshingilane at the media briefing.
“There will be at least 30 contestants battling it to be crowned as the King/Queen of Kota on both days. “The contestants are from different areas in and out of Soweto which includes places like Thembisa and the East Rand just to name a few,” said Tshingilane.
On both days, they expecting a total of 2000 to 3000 people in full attendance to witness this massive event in Soweto. Tshingilane also said that the response from the social media has been enormous. “People are loving the festival idea as the venue is big and they can’t wait,” said Tshingilane.
Invited guests that have been invited on the day are Tourism Stakeholders, Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu, the MMC for Community Development Cllr Nonhlanhla Sifumba and more.
Mrs Nancy Austin is a Director from Bryston. She is the Mina Nawe Marketing Strategist as she will be there in assisting on the day.
“The Competition is very vast, hence Parmalat is the main product that will be used on the day in the Kota,” said Austin.
On the day, Mina Nawe, the Parmalat product, has many brands which brings family and kids together. Two loads of trucks will be full of yogurt and cheese said Austin.
For the Entertainment side, the kids section will be also available as SASKO will be sponsoring on both days. SASKO is the main partner of this event – so is Parmalat.
Beer Garden will also be there for people that drink alcohol and the VIP section is already booked as tickets are out of sale said Tshingilane.
Celebrities will also be there but a few haven’t confirmed as yet but we do expect them to be there on the day including Somizi Mhlongo accompanied by DSTV said Tshingilane.
“It’s a family day with food festivals, full element and massive attendance. “We expecting people from Botswana, KZN, Mpumalanga, and others from all over South Africa,” said Tshingilane.
One of the contestant, Mrs Carol Dwoos from Westbury said that she is excited about the fact that she’ll be participating on the day. “It’s a healthy way of doing kota, as I have also participated in the Joburg Festival. My main reason in selling Kota was because there are too many foreigners selling Kota from where I come from and I want to change that mindset,” said Dwoos.
The Judges on the day will be the fans, as they felt that they know how the Kota taste. For more information viewers should go to the Facebook page on #SowetoKotaFestival.
Author: Takalani Lufhugu